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Old 03-06-2006, 04:30 PM   #21
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I've always tried to support my local dealer. There is always a 'right way' and a 'wrong way' to do anything. I never would grind my local into submission. If they could get me into my comfort zone, then it was a done deal. Usually, that works. My last Harley was the exception. The local dealer was holding fast on the 'list ++++' school of thought and I simply told them I was only interested in a MSRP deal. After more than a year of dancing, I bought out of town and over the phone. (I am patient). I even told them I was going to buy in the next two weeks-still no offer. Hence, the out of town purchase. When I rode the bike over there to buy an oil filter a few weeks later, the sales manager acted upset. Oh well...Now I live in Chicago where there is some of the most aggressive new bike pricing in the country. Chicago Cycles will discount everything. Great for me and my next purchase.
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:48 PM   #22
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I have no F$%@*^!g idea.
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:49 PM   #23
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not trying to be adversarial but thats a pretty bad attitude for a buisness person to have. if he (the store owner) takes care of him (the biker) in a service vist he would be more likely to buy his next bike AND tell his friends what a good place the dealership is. otherwise the shop owner is just reinforcing that the biker made the right decision.
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:04 PM   #24
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My local honda/yamaha guys are fine with the fact I haven't bought a bike from them.(except the CR70F)

I let them know early on I'll buy new VFRs anythime they improve. Other than that it is all internet for me. I'm a bike ***** and not willing to take a new bike hit on resale.

I have had warranty work done on a ducati, triumph, aprilia & honda all used and none at the original dealer.



I might go as far as to tell the "local" dealer to go screw himself. What if there is a conflict in the future? Your parts may take a while to get ordered judging from the attitude.
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:37 PM   #25
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i bought my last bike on cycle trader. I checked out three within a days (long )drive, took the car, trailer and cash after i had appointments made with the owners over the phone and brought one motorcycle home. I wouldn't buy without seeing and test riding, though. I always check the trader site when i am looking for a bike or a boat or a car.
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Old 03-06-2006, 06:27 PM   #26
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I saved a buttload of money when I bought my second naked SV1000 last September after my first one was run over by a blind, left-hand turning cager. I saw it in an ad on Cycle Trader and called the dealer that was 400 miles away immediately. The negoitiations were easy via phone and I got the bike without incident. There are several Suzuki dealers in my area and if I ever need to take the bike in for warranty work, the dealer that takes it in without question will be getting a lot of my business and I'll be sure to let everyone that's willing to listen, know the responses from dealerships regarding performing warranty work and/or service on my bike.
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Old 03-06-2006, 07:40 PM   #27
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I have personally bought 2 VFR 800's on e-bay. The first was in Las Vegas, Flew there and rode it home across the Mohave in Aug. 2 years ago. Sold that one on Craig's List to a guy from Portland, OR. I picked him up at the airport and he rode it home. Then I bought my 2nd one in Las Cruces, NM and rode it home Feb 05. Both experiences were great but not without some risk. At most I would have had to tell the sellers "no deal" and buy another oneway ticket home. Love my VFR
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:05 PM   #28
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I bought my car in Marin, but have it serviced in Fairfield Ca, which is more convenient for me. I don't know that the service manager who schedules the appointment, even knows where I bought the car. I bought my VFR used, and have no idea where it was purchased. I doubt the dealer where I have it serviced cares either. It's a different "Profit Center" from the sales department. Why should they care? If you have all your service done there, you are a good customer in the Service Department's eyes.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:10 PM   #29
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I bought my car in Marin, but have it serviced in Fairfield Ca, which is more convenient for me. I don't know that the service manager who schedules the appointment, even knows where I bought the car. I bought my VFR used, and have no idea where it was purchased. I doubt the dealer where I have it serviced cares either. It's a different "Profit Center" from the sales department. Why should they care? If you have all your service done there, you are a good customer in the Service Department's eyes.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:14 PM   #30
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I would buy from the local dealer. If they are worth their salt and bring in a good selection of bikes each year, service etc., your best bet is to give them your business. I would much rather spend a few extra bucks on a family owned dealership if for no other reason to help keep them around for years to come. If they are a reputable dealer then you have sparked a good business relationship. That's going to be worth more than $500 over next 20 years... for me anyway.



Buy off the internet? If you must. "Was'nt there a Big 4 dealer here .... oh, crap! They went out of business!"



As far as warranty issues and a bike that was not purchased at the shop, factory reps don't care where you bought your bike. It's their job to see to it that you'll buy Honda's , or whatever, for years to come. let them go to bat for you if you're getting the run-around . Reminder: Reps like to see service records if your borderline or just over the warranty.



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