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egb 07-13-2005 07:39 AM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
If you decide that you want an extended warranty, shop around (eBay, Cycletrader, etc.) to see if you can get a better price. $800 for two years seems very high (I've seen four year factory extended warranties on the big Kawasakis for about $400). Good luck!

nctourer 07-13-2005 08:09 AM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
Heres another vote for keeping your money.

If you really would sleep better knowing you have an extended warranty, go shopping elsewhere. Dealers are resalers of extended warranties as they are not the underwriters.

They buy it for $X and resale to you for $XYZ.


naco_traficante 07-13-2005 09:28 AM

when will they wheel and deal ?
Gabe - as long as we're tapping your dealership knowledge, here's a related question: what's the best time of year to buy from a dealer ? January/February ?

Tigercub 07-13-2005 12:17 PM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
Does the motor sound good and tranny shift properly? Don't buy the bike if you haven't taken it for a test ride and don't buy the warranty.

Iguanaman 07-13-2005 03:23 PM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
Thanks for all the comments! The bike only has 5000 miles on it and so far seems to run smoothly and shifts clean. I have "until this Friday" to make up my mind (per the finance guy at the dealership) or "he can never offer it again" so I'll simply skip it and save my money.

Hipshot 07-13-2005 03:50 PM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
I have only bought an extended warranty on one item in my life, and that was a mistake. What does the extended warranty cover? What does it exclude? 800 smacks for two years seems a little high to me. On a fairly new Japanese moto you should be able to get the dealer to cover it for 1-3 months on his own for no cost, just because you will likely become a very good customer over the years, like shop fees and accessories. That way if there is some previously existing condition, it will probably show up, if you ride enough, in that length of time. Make sure he writes it on the sales contract. If he won't spring for it, tell him to stick the 'zuke where the sun doesn't shine, and shop elsewhere.

sportbikebandit 07-13-2005 04:00 PM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
I bought the extended warranty at the dealership on my Ninja when it was new (I didn't know anything about bikes still don't :) ) . A month latter Kawasaki sends me a thing in the mailer asking me if I wanted the same warranty this time at half of the price. My wife got on the phone demanded our money back from the dealer when then bought it from Kawi directly. Haven't needed to use it. Have 25,000 miles on my 2001. It did come in handy though when a bad shop tried to convince me I needed a new head gaskat. As soon as I told them "OK it's under warranty" a day latter I get a phone call saying that only a screw was loose i.e. they would have to prove to Kawi the repairs...

sportbikebandit 07-13-2005 04:02 PM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
Yep that is what I paid on my Ninja

johnnyb 07-14-2005 07:06 AM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
maybe this is too obvious to point out, but I always call one or two service managers at decent-sized dealers to find out how a given model holds up—especially bikes that have been around for awhile. Service managers tend to be pretty smart guys who know their stuff and not as motivated to bend the truth as sales types LIKE GABE AND HIS ILK.

If a service manager told me bike x doesn't break, i'd tend to believe him.

One of them even told me if he had a VFR800 with Vtec, he'd never bother to have the valves checked.

Fenton 07-14-2005 09:42 AM

Re: Extended Warranty on a Used Bike?
You're right, too obvious.

But seriously, I do feel like a tool when I get all the info from the local dealer and then go buy a used bike somewhere else.

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