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post #1 of 17 Old 06-19-2010, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Well I should be a new KLR 650 owner today but I've been jerked around by the local Kawasaki dealer and several others today.

The dealer here in El Paso, TX had the '09s listed at $4500 last week but are now $5200 and wouldn't budge. I've made several calls to dealers throughout TX and NM, getting jerked around by several, and found a dealer that will sell an '09 for $4299 + TTL + dealer prep, ect, etc..

Called the El Paso store again and was told if I got the $4299 quote in writing they would match. WTF!?! I told them that if I drove 100 miles out 'to get a quote' I would just get the damn bike there.

What the hell is it with Kawasaki dealers? Are they brain dead? First I couldn't get them to drop the price, now after wasting 7 flipping hours of my life today they will give me a deal but only after I drive almost 200 miles round trip to get a written quote from another dealer.

Anyone else go through this crap to get their bike? Is this what I can expect with customer service?

I'm going to start reserching other brands.
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-19-2010, 06:43 PM
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Unfortunately you can have run ins with crappy dealerships no matter the brand. Goodluck with your search.

BTW I just purchased a new 09 here in Arizona for $5300 OTD if you want to make comparisons while shopping. I thought it was a pretty solid deal, I have seen better but not by much and not around here anyway. We only have three Kawasaki dealers in the area and two are owned by the same company so unless I wanted to go out of state which I really didn't want to and if I shipped it, I would have lost all the cost saving anyway.
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-19-2010, 06:46 PM
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You'll find that dealers that are dicks have nothing to do with the brand they're selling.. I know that doesn't help, but it's a fact..

Take your time, don't get frustrated, and call and do some research on dealers within 250 miles or so.. 4-5 hours isn't that far when it comes to getting the deal you're comfortable with..

Hell, I live on the IL/WI state line.. My BMW R1100R came from Miami, FL, my V Strom came from Ontario, California, and my BMW R80 came from central KY..

All of these were worth the work and the deal..

Take your time and have some patience.. It's your money.. Give it to who YOU want to..
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-19-2010, 06:50 PM
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Summer is here. Be patient and you'll get a good deal. Be open to a used bike and you can get a GREAT deal, farkles included.
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-19-2010, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Human Ills View Post
Summer is here. Be patient and you'll get a good deal. Be open to a used bike and you can get a GREAT deal, farkles included.

Excellent advice!!

Craigslist can be your friend.. And if you use Search Tempest http://www.searchtempest.com/ you can search Craigslist for only a KLR (or whatever you want) in all the surrounding communities..

I bought my 2002 KLR in 2004 with 1200 miles on it from an ad in the local paper. Got a fair deal, and at almost 20K miles and numerous farkles, the bike's set up for me and the money I saved by buying used bought an awful lot of extras!!
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-20-2010, 09:39 AM
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Reading this thread makes me feel kind of "guilty". I bought my new '09 KLR $3999 (out the door for $4400, tax and all else inclusive). I guess it helps that we had a long winter and bike shopping was a buyers market at the time. Not so sure I could pull that off today.

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post #7 of 17 Old 06-20-2010, 09:48 AM
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Why is it that dealerships always have a habit of turning what should be a positive and enjoyable buying experience into an ordeal??? You're buying a toy for crying out loud - that should be fun!

Like Paper said you'll find the same attitude everywhere no matter the brand.

My advice is screw the El Paso dealer and buy where you got the better price. I never use another dealers price to lever a better one or a match elsewhere. I buy from the guy who gives me the best deal straight out without the BS. That makes it a positive experience for me. Even if I pay $100 more I don't care. In the end you have to decide what your time is worth and how frustrated you are willing to get. Some people enjoy that. Me I'd rather be out riding.

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-21-2010, 09:04 PM
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Yeah, every motorcycle brand / genre has threads about dealers that are jerks. I don't know any brand that only has excellent dealers.

You could look at it a couple ways. One, you could find a dealer a ways off that has a good price and make an adventure of it. Heck, take the weekend to get back, get all your break in miles down.

Or, you could pay a premium to go with the local dealer if you'll be using their service. Lots of dealers give preference for service to folks that bought their bikes there. If you need a repair in April you could get out in 2 weeks instead of 6. So you'd just being paying for that privilege up front.
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-21-2010, 09:39 PM
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I spent 2 full days calling every dealer in 200 miles here in socal and it paid off! I got the color I wanted and a better deal then Hellbilly OTD! It was interesting to see how people are as I talked to the whole gambit from people who had no clue about a single detail of any of the bikes, to total jerks, to wanting to sell me and make me happy and best yet real enthusiasts that just loved riding and wanted me to love it too. The awkward part is taking my shiny new bike into the local dealer for work after buying it a 100 miles away.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-21-2010, 11:31 PM
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I loved having the salesman at the Suzuki dealer tell me that the KLR650 is just a rebadged Suzuki DR650. As Bugs says "What a Maroon!"
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