Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 2017 T100 blue/white
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Other Motorcycle: 2002 xt225
Extra Motorcycle: 1997 BMW F650
Go on the internet and get a quote, then go to the store. Anything else is going to be a ridiculous hassle with commissioned sales staff trying to get you doing something stupid. I tried, walked out of all stores, including the one I eventually bought it from, in Culver City.
So e-mail, get a quote in writing. Then go to whatever store it is, Long Beach, Brea, Culver City that gives you a reasonable response and you usually deal directly with a senior manager. No different for cars as I have found out over the years. It's the "internet sales" or "fleet sales", get your quote by e-mail, no haggling with commissioned sales people, and even after all the junk fees and CA taxes is less than MSRP this time of year. Of course, that assumes you are ready to pay cash, may not be applicable with financing or trade-in. I had an aggravating experience in Culver City initially in person. Then, getting in touch by e-mail (to complain) and getting a quote that way worked out just fine and buying was painless. Then, well, they'll fleece you on first service again, but eventually you'll do oil changes yourself and find an independent shop for complicated stuff after the warranty period.
Why is buying such an ugly experience? Maybe because motorcycle sales have been declining and everybody is struggling. But by making shopping and servicing so unpleasant, dealers are just fighting over a shrinking pie rather than increasing it. Maybe not all dealers, I know one Moto-Guzzi/Kawasaki dealer where the experience wasn't too bad - almost made me buy a Moto-Guzzi despite wanting a Triumph.
Last edited by rsturm; 12-01-2017 at 11:40 PM.