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Old 03-30-2014, 06:47 AM   #1
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A great unveil followed by one down payment, a handful of signatures, and an extensive walk through with the Audi rep, only to then drive home in the old A4. Damn the state and their registration requirements! I'll be back to pick this beauty up tomorrow evening...

It's been a long time coming. We've had our eye on the Q5 for 3+ years. I suppose we can wait another 30.5 hours to drive it home.

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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What a tease but it'll be really sweet tomorrow. Congrats. Steve
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:15 AM   #3
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i can relate to the "so close, and yet". the day before i picked mine up, my husband's boss (who was there to take delivery of his new Q7) took pics of it and sent the pics to my husband. lol.
as Steve said, tomorrow will be sweet. congratulations! :-)
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
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What didn't you have with you - the title for a trade-in? Must be excruciating! You have my sincere sympathies!
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Nope. Nothing like that. In Massachusetts I can't drive off the lot until the car is registered with plates on it. And because it was a weekend, the dealership can't finalize the vehicle registration on my behalf until Monday morning. It wouldn't have been an issue if my wife and I were trading in a car with MA plates on it (we would have processed a quick transfer online), but we recently moved from California and the Q5 will be our first MA vehicle.

Fewer than 20 hours now...

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:16 AM   #6
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That's strange. I've bought several cars in Virginia and Ohio, all on the weekend, and was able to get the plates at the time. My sister just bought a car here in the DC area last weekend on a Saturday afternoon and they were able to connect to the DMV servers to do the registration. I'm assuming MA is set up differently, then.
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Nope. Nothing like that. In Massachusetts I can't drive off the lot until the car is registered with plates on it. And because it was a weekend, the dealership can't finalize the vehicle registration on my behalf until Monday morning. It wouldn't have been an issue if my wife and I were trading in a car with MA plates on it (we would have processed a quick transfer online), but we recently moved from California and the Q5 will be our first MA vehicle.

Fewer than 20 hours now...
I had a similar case in PA. I was using on old personalized tag that had been expired and I couldn't find my policy number to renew it for the Q. The dealership was awesome and ended up putting a set of their dealer tags on it as long as I promised to bring it back the following day with my own tags.
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In NY dealers have their own DMV office... sort of. They have a stack of new plates, write up a 30 day temporary new car registration sticker, tape it to the windshield lower left, and off you go. The state then issues a new computerized registration & title & mail them to you.
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If you really want to torture yourself you have to special order the car.
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Unlike some other states, the Massachusetts RMV does not issue temporary tags to individuals.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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If you really want to torture yourself you have to special order the car.
Consider me tortured! It's a custom configured Q5 TDI that we ordered back in January. And to make matters worse...

THE WAIT CONTINUES!

It was an infuriating day at the dealer. I went over after work to pick up the Q5 and discovered that Geico had claimed to the dealership that I had no policy with them (false). They're required to stamp and fax to the dealership's on-site vehicle registry desk an "RMV-1" form in order for our registration to go through and plates to be issued. I called Geico and fought with them for 90 minutes until the stamped fax was finally sent over to the dealership. And then!...

Our registration was rejected by the state of MA. Why? Because my wife was long ago a resident of MA before moving out to California where she and I met. So when the registry desk plugged in her social security number, it returned an error stating that the social security number matched a different name previously recorded in the MA vehicle registry. Which name, you ask? Yes, indeed, her maiden name! So we were told that my wife needs to visit the RMV to change her name in their records. And we'll have time to complete that task...when?!

We almost pulled the plug on the deal in that very moment (the words, "forget it...we're done" even popped out of my mouth). I was furious. Stunned that the state of MA is making it so difficult for us to spend money; to support the economy. So I left and caught up with my sales rep via phone once I had cooled down a bit. And by that time he had come up with a work-around that sounds pretty good.

If all goes well with Plan B, we'll take her home on Thursday. IF, however, that date comes and goes, we'll cancel the purchase and wait to buy the car when we move back to California (where the state encourages purchase transactions).

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