I started this new thread to collect stories of people waiting for, and hopefully receiving, their MINI Cooper SE cars. @T.C. made his original post in the MINI Cooper SE road tests thread. Perhaps someone will learn the secrets of MINI's distribution priorities and explain them here. Are you in the US or the UK? When I wrote the rest of this post, I was assuming you, like me, are waiting in the US. So you were able to secure one of the 200 random 2020 MINI Cooper SEs that the company supposedly put on the boat for March delivery? And now you're being told that even though one of those random cars matched the color combination you wanted, it won't be available until April? I wonder if there was more than one boat-load of random 2020 SEs (meaning manufactured in 2019) sent across the pond? Last month I, too, was able to submit a $500 deposit to secure an order on the MINI website. However, two days later my dealer called to tell me I'd have to accept a color combo other than what I wanted to get one of those cars. I decided to pass on one of the 2020s. Instead, I will get the model and colors I want (gray Iconic w/black top) manufactured this year (making it a 2021 model). My dealer hasn't received any confirmation of a delivery date, but my saleslady is speculating May. With all the SEs @DucRider is saying are promised to customers in Oregon (see his post in the MINI Cooper SE road tests thread), I have to wonder how many more than that are reserved for California, the obvious hot-spot for this car. I hope my fly-over, non-ZEV state won't be forgotten. I wish I could reserve the personalized license plate I've picked out (which, of course, I cannot divulge on this public forum until I can post a photo of it mounted on my SE--I'm not one of those people afraid to show off my plate AFTER I get it). As I often tell people, waiting for a new car is one of the few ways we can slow the passage of time. Time is creeping.