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How to Track Your Ordered Car

Updated April 17, 2017

Purchasing a new vehicle is an exciting and rewarding experience. Finding a vehicle is not an easy process, and requires many hours of researching different cars, negotiating the price and finally, closing the deal. If you purchase a vehicle that is back-ordered or that is imported from overseas, you may have to wait until the vehicle is delivered to your local car dealership. Car dealers facilitate the process of tracking your vehicle by providing you with the necessary information to follow the movement of your car.

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  1. Obtain your vehicle identification number (VIN) from your dealer. Each car has a unique VIN that can be used for tracking.

  2. Call the dealer who sold you the vehicle. For domestic orders, ask the dealer the status of your order, using the VIN as a reference. Your dealer will call the transportation company and report back to you with the exact location. For imported vehicles, ask the dealer for the vessel information for the ship that your car is moving on.

  3. Log on to the www.marine to track the vessel that is transporting your shipment. Enter the vessel name to find out detailed information on the voyage, including weather conditions that may delay your order.

  4. Tip

    Ask your dealer if his website offers a tracking service. Certain car brands give you access to their shipment information, which can save you a phone call.


    For international shipments, a vessel cannot be tracked until it has departed the port of origin. Do not attempt to pick up your imported car until your dealer notifies you that it has been cleared by customs.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vehicle identification number

About the Author

Sean Chappell has been a freelance writer since 2005 and also lived and worked throughout Europe for three years as a certified TEFL teacher. Chappell's work has been published on business blogs such as He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in journalism/Spanish from Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

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