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Old 15th April 2024, 18:08   #1
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Default Dealer Launch Vehicle History Question

Excuse the slightly long first post, but Iím trying to understand the history of my car a little better and I hope you knowledgeable people might be able to help.

Iíve had my car since November, but I sadly know very little about its past. Based on the chassis number and slightly strange specification, Iím 99% certain itís one of the dealer launch cars (Serpent alloys were added recently). However, Iím curious about what happened to the car after it was built.



The car has a Northampton number plate (ending 'NV') and the service book shows that the car had its pre-delivery inspection carried out at the Rover Preparation Centre in Rugby. From what Iíve been able to gather so far, these two things could mean it was a Rover staff/management vehicle as these were PDIíd in Rugby and registered via a DVLA office in Northamptonshire.



My question is, were the dealer launch vehicles all PDIíd by Rover themselves and then delivered to dealers? If the dealers did PDI their own launch vehicles, does that mean my car is likely to have been Rover-owned at the start of its life? Or could there be something else going on?

Thanks in advance for any light anyone can shed.
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Old 15th April 2024, 20:01   #2
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Send reebs a pm with the vin, he may have all the details 😎

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Looks like it could be a dealer launch car the build data will confirm it is not freely available on here but Reebs will get it for you as Ronnie has suggested but if you can't wait I can get it easily for you
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I'll drop Reebs a message, thanks for the suggestion
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Looks like it could be a dealer launch car the build data will confirm it is not freely available on here but Reebs will get it for you as Ronnie has suggested but if you can't wait I can get it easily for you
Do you have a launch car Dave? If you've got the service book, does it say where the car was PDI'd?
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Old 16th April 2024, 07:52   #6
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Do you have a launch car Dave? If you've got the service book, does it say where the car was PDI'd?
Yes I have a launch car but it was registered by a main dealer, the stamp in your book means the car was pre registered by rover
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Yes I have a launch car but it was registered by a main dealer, the stamp in your book means the car was pre registered by rover
Perfect, that's useful to know. Thank you!
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Old 16th April 2024, 08:20   #8
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Perfect, that's useful to know. Thank you!
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NV is interesting as we own two of the lower spec launch cars and they are LNV.
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NV is interesting as we own two of the lower spec launch cars and they are LNV.
Maybe Josh you could get the build data as this club does not have it freely available
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