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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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So finally had the chance to take a decent ride on a 2012 Storm.

Really liked that thing. It ran strong and felt impressively tight. Handling was excellent and it pulled out of corners (and anywhere for that matter) as I expected.

I loved the clean, basic, "elemental" feel of riding that bike. Exactly what I am looking for in an overall fun bike that has balls and not a lot of bling.

I explained to the dealer that I am not going to spend any time playing price games but I do want competitive and fair price. That does not mean list price. I know I can buy from a wholesaler type and have it shipped from Florida or NY or wherever, but I'd rather buy locally if it makes sense.

I told them the few accessories and warranty I want as part of the overall deal then asked for their all-in price...one time...one price all-in (OTD) and told them it is 100% fine if they don't want to work this way and I'd just move-on.

So far the original dealer has come-back with a price, still need the 4 other regional dealers to send me their prices...then I'll make the decision and off we'll go.

Looking forward to it!!!
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I did a similar thing but then decided to stick with the local dealer. In fact they were so nice to me and didn't have the bike I wanted so I asked them to get me one. The owner was very appreciative and beat all the other deals by $300 with no haggling.
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I did a similar thing but then decided to stick with the local dealer. In fact they were so nice to me and didn't have the bike I wanted so I asked them to get me one. The owner was very appreciative and beat all the other deals by $300 with no haggling.
Yeah, I sure prefer to build a solid relationship with people doing good business. Sadly, I can't think of a single instance where working with a dealer of any kind (cars or bikes) didn't leave me feeling like I was fighting slimy tactics behind the scenes...for what? A few hundred bucks?

As long as any of the local guys are within $500 of the lowest OTD quote, they will get my business.

Looking forward!
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Good luck with the negotiations. Let us know when you pick up the bike.
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Glad you liked the bike. Find someone he like to work with. I drive 40 miles to the place that sold me the bike rather than the closest to me.


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Yeah, I sure prefer to build a solid relationship with people doing good business. Sadly, I can't think of a single instance where working with a dealer of any kind (cars or bikes) didn't leave me feeling like I was fighting slimy tactics behind the scenes...for what? A few hundred bucks?

As long as any of the local guys are within $500 of the lowest OTD quote, they will get my business.

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When I told my dealer that I wanted to do business with his dealership because I like the way I was treated he said he would get me the best deal possible. He did. I think my salesman has probably called me 5 times to see how I like the bike. Really good people.
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Picked up my 2012 Storm yesterday. YIPPIE! What a great ride!


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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 09:03 PM
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Yeah, I sure prefer to build a solid relationship with people doing good business. Sadly, I can't think of a single instance where working with a dealer of any kind (cars or bikes) didn't leave me feeling like I was fighting slimy tactics behind the scenes...for what? A few hundred bucks?

As long as any of the local guys are within $500 of the lowest OTD quote, they will get my business.

Looking forward!
I like the idealism but I've never had a bike dealer come to the table. I have a Honda dealer 2 miles from my home, use to hang out in the dealership before deciding I wanted a new Goldwing Airbagger a few years back. Talked to the sales manager showed him my DL to prove I was his neighbor and wanted to purchase from them for convenience and to support a local business. I told him I had shopped around a couple of states and asked for his best deal. No problem he said, he wants my business.....He came back with full retail on the '08 GL1800 Air Bag. I went 90 miles south and paid $3K less. My T-Bird, dealer 4 miles away same thing, full retail. I went 350 miles north and paid $2.5K less. Screw 'em.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 07:29 AM
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Do what i did rather than "Haggling" for a price.... I bought the demonstrator, 350klms on the clock, threw in the 1st service AND saved $2000!!!!

Just remember, they ALWAYS keep the demo bikes squeeky clean and well maintained, as mine was...

Never looked back.

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