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I know we still have some time before the 400z is available to buy, but does anyone have any advice on how to make sure I can get one as soon as humanly possible? This is my first new car purchase. Is it worth calling other dealers outside of my area to see if they can get one faster than my local dealership? Is that even "a thing"? I live in Hawaii so there is also the potential concern of putting a down payment down for a dealership in say, Seattle, and then having to wait for it to be shipped to me when I could have gotten one sooner through my local dealership in the first place.

I'm not a fan of dealerships. In general, I find they their interests aren't aligned well enough with the buyer's too well so I'm skeptical about what they say. Also, the markup on cars over here can sometimes be substantially higher than the cost of buying one on the mainland and shipping it here. Obviously, I could research any price differences by making a few calls.

Thanks for reading and for your advice! My first car was a '76 280z hand-me down from my mom. She had it repainted to match the anniversary model (black hood, silver body). I've been waiting for a long time for Nissan to build a new car that that reminds me of my 280. I wasn't sure if it would ever happen.
 

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Welcome to the forum @shakedog.

It is a thing and worth reaching out to other dealers. I'm just not sure how much the delivery timeline will vary between them. A good first step is to call around and ask if they have a waiting list you can get on. That way when order books officially open, you can be among the first.

[email protected] might be another option too. Check out this thread:
Thank you for taking the time to reply! This is excellent advice. Man I am so excited to get my hands on this car and learn everything about it inside and out. [email protected] sounds amazing!

I keep reading that it will be available in Spring of 2021, but I guess there’s still some concern that it won’t be officially out until 2022. Sure would be a shame to have to wait another year, but I’ve been waiting for 26 years so another one won’t kill me.
 

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Glad I can help!
Tell me about it, I haven't been this excited for a Japanese sports car for quite some time.
If the dealers you reach out to say they'll enroll in the [email protected] program, can you share that info the thread I linked above?
What are you driving around at the moment? Won't mind learning more about the Z cars you had.
Yes. I'll share that info. I may decide to play it safe and just go with my local dealer if I get a good vibe. My main concern is being stuck on a list somewhere while the Zs are out on the streets. That would be hard to watch haha. That '76 is the only Z I ever had. It was a 2+2. I've sort of been a muscle car guy since then, but the moment I saw the new Z, I knew it was what I've been waiting for. I'm driving a lousy Honda CRV right now and cannot wait to get back into a sports car. Few things in life excite me as much as the new Z right now. My deposit is ready :)
 

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The best advice if you’ve gotta be the first kid on the block with this new toy is to have too much money and to be ready to spend it. I’d guess $5k to $10k over MSRP is what it’d take for many to get their dealer to agree to a pre-order.
You’re a good guesser. I have put a small refundable deposit down on one to be guaranteed a pick from the first allocation at $5k over MSRP. It’s my first new car and I’m treating myself for once. There is no pre-order though. Apparently, they’ll be given some allocation and hopefully I can get a blue interior/exterior performance manual which is my first choice.
 
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