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For U.S. people there is a person by the alias Blownaway on AudiWorld.com forums that does checks from Audi system if you post your order number there.

http://forums.audiworld.com/a5/msgs/31812.phtml

Audi sure needs BMWesque order tracking on web!
 

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Once the dealer has the chassis and engine number on hand, does it mean its already shipped?
 

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At what point can I get a order number? My dealer sent me a fax of my order but it does not indicate an order or reference number at all.
 

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Once the dealer has the chassis and engine number on hand, does it mean its already shipped?
No, it does not. My dealer got the VIN (and provided it to me) shortly after my car was built, but while the car was still at the port in Germany waiting to be loaded onto a ship.


At what point can I get a order number? My dealer sent me a fax of my order but it does not indicate an order or reference number at all.
You need to call your dealer and ask specifically for a commission #. If he/she can't provide a commission #, then that could mean your car is not actually entered into the Audi ordering system. Instead, your dealer may have just taken your order and simply entered the info into the dealership's system (assuming they have their own internal system) to keep on hand until they get an available A5 allocation, at which time the dealer would be able to input your order into Audi's ordering system.

Is the fax just some hand-written information about your order? Or does it appear to be information printed out from some type of ordering system? And were you given an ETA on when your car would go into production?
 

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I think the order numbers that get filled are pretty random. You can't say that order number 367888 gets pulled before 404231, for instance.

This is because commission numbers are for both Manual S5's and Auto S5's. I'm sure the manuals have a longer waiting list, so a new order placed for a Tiptronic (hence a higher commission number) might get pulled before a Manual (with lower commission number). They are also pulled from the Order Bank from Audi at different rates since they are allocated separately. (Dealer could get 3 manual allocations, and 2 tiptronic allocations in a month).

The fact that not all dealerships receive the same allocation of cars adds to randomness(e.g. 5 S5 orders could get pulled from Dealer A in one particular month, while Dealer B only expects to get 5 S5 orders pulled for the entire year).
 
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