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Old 03-18-2007, 01:17 AM   #1
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

Quick scan on the SF Bay area Craig's List; '05=$2950, '05=$3000, '07=$3000, '03=$2300.



I enjoyed your well written post btw.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:27 AM   #2
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You should not have to pay more than the list price, plus tax and license. Possibly a 'set-up' (profit) fee of a couple hundred bucks too. List is $2999. You should be out the door for $3400 or less, depending upon TX tax and license fees. Sometimes you can find 'em marked down a couple hundred $ if they are previous model year (only the graphics will be different). You might be able to negotiate the 'set-up' fee too. You may not want to stick it to your dealer, but they obviously have no qualms about sticking it to you. Find another...
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:34 AM   #3
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Funny you should ask as I just bought a 2007 Ninja 250 for my wife. The dealer started at $3100 out the door. My final price was $2900 out the dealer's door. My sales tax was $203, paid at the RMV, So the total paid to get on the road was $3103. There is not much in the bike, profit-wise.



It is dealers like you have discussed above, that ruin the industry. They try and make a month's profit from each sale. Go elsewhere, as any dealer that quotes a price this high will continue to screw you down the road, on tune ups, accessories, etc.



Oh...one other thing: Publish the dealers name so we-all can avoid them too!
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:41 AM   #4
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Don't give up on looking for a used one. I picked up a used 99 for my kids last year from the original owner for $900. watching Craigslist every day worked for me. I am still quite impressed with the little ninja. Quite a fun MC to toss around and it gets awesome fuel mileage
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:12 AM   #5
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I don't know what state you're in, but if you're anywhere near CA you might try one of the internet dealers in Los Angeles. I got a great deal on my R-1 (Beat by $500 the best I could get in San Francisco) and they shipped it to me for $150.



Check it out.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:03 AM   #6
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Welcome to the world of used motorcycles. Last year the prices of used motorcycles skyrocketed because of the blip in gasoline prices. Apparently this shyster dealer is trying to keep this going. However if you look at Kawasaki's website you will see that MSRP for a new Ninja 250 is $2999.



Find another dealer. This guy's a crook and as earthspirit pointed out undoubtedly his service department will be just as crooked.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:15 AM   #7
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My wife bought an '05 model last year, it had languished all summer at a Honda dealer after the original owner traded it in on a CBR. OTD price for a 1-year old bike with 1200 miles and no flaws: $2400. Keep searching for a good used one, somebody's got one their {wife, girlfriend, self} isn't riding.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:51 AM   #8
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Don't waste your money buying a brand new one of these. Although as you will be able to see from any CraigsList scan they hold their value well, the model hasn't changed in any appreciable way in 20 years. They hold up very well; they're very simple bikes. Buy a '99 for 1500. So it'll have a ding or two, who cares, it'll still look fine and it'll run as good as a new one. They are great bikes, and lots of fun, I owned one for a while and had no problem keeping up with friends. Go to www.ninja250.com/home.htm for your fan club/advice forum.
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:56 AM   #9
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I've got to say it's quite refreshing to see a post from someone who doesn't want to start out on a full blown sportbike! The 250 Ninja, IMHO, is almost a perfect starter bike; good handling, decent power, and outstanding fuel economy (insurance is cheap too). If you have to have new, go in armed with the knowledge of MSRP and make the dealer an offer where he doesn't lose money and you don't get screwed. If the guy won't come off of the high horse, find another dealer. I agree with the post above regarding his service department. Talk to other riders in the area and see if they've had bad experiences with them. I really think your best bet will be to go used. Last year, I purchased two of these bikes for $3200 in San Antonio, TX, from a private owner. A 2000 model with just over 2,000 miles and a 2002 with 63 miles on the odometer. The '02 had a rusty tank because they let it sit for four years with no fuel in it. I had to replace it with a used tank from Ebay. It also had a bad wobble caused by a front tire that separated from sitting for four years with no air in it. After all was said and done, I estimate I spent around $3,600 for two excellent little bikes that I have a blast riding. You've just got to look carefully and be patient; the deals are out there.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:03 AM   #10
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F those prices, they're only $3000 MSRP new, and last year there were factory rebates!



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