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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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When purchasing a motorcycle most like next year around march , how to haggle price ?

I want to spend at least around 5500 for otd with everything ( maybe a helmet or something for free haha) nothing more , less would be nice on price . What do you think ? I live in Florida that might be a problem since wether typically is good. First bike .

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Probably depends on if you wanted a new bike or a used bike, where you were buying it from and what bike you were buying.

You haggle by saying, "I can't spend more than this." The likelyhood that will work is not huge.

Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.


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youre gunna have to give more info than that.

unless the dealer is in desperate need of your purchase, they dont have to give you shit; free items or price off. I've never heard of "haggling" dealers down unless you know the person or the person is being nice/wants to get rid of stock.

if you're getting it used off someone, thats when you can actually haggle imo

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Better off buying used, or a holdover from out of state. I don't haggle, but have never paid more than about 80% of MSRP OTD for a new bike. My new S3 was $9800 OTD, retail was over $12k. I don't haggle, I am just patient, and not stupid enough to pay MSRP.

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I love to haggle. I buy cars and bikes for friends and usually get a job offer b/c I'm good at it.

Here's some pointers:
1) do your homework. whether it's new or used, find out the invoice vs. retail price. trade in price vs. private party, so you know how much room you have to beat them down.

2) have a good attitude, smile don't get emotional. always pleasant.

3) pit local dealers of the same brand against each other, don't have to name names, but do say another dealer offered me.... and let the current dealer counter offer.

4) always be ready to walk away. if you don't like the sales person or you don't like the price. walk away, leave. always can buy it tomorrow.

5) motorcycle dealers have 2 incentive periods, 1-15 of the month and 16-30, shop at the end of these periods, b/c the sales peeps get a bonus and so does the store if they meet their quota.

6) after you hit the rock bottom price for the bike, the dealer will thru in discount on OEM parts or service, like adding grip warmers, or the first oil change for free or at a discount.

PM me when you are close, I can help you. go kick some ass.
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Im hoping I used haggle right haha. Maybe negotiate would've been better. But they usually mean the same. Try to get a good deal for you.(the buyer) But yeah I've heard people buying the 300 ninja at around 5400 out the door ! :0 I like the sound of that. Sorry it was my fault I didn't give enough information. Well I really want a ninja Kawasaki 300. Abs doesn't really seem neccesary. Sprorchid thanks I'll be sure to write you up.
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$5400 isnt a deal, that is full price for the most part... but then again, the bike was just released, you wont find a deal on it more than likely.

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I love to haggle. I buy cars and bikes for friends and usually get a job offer b/c I'm good at it.

Here's some pointers:
1) do your homework. whether it's new or used, find out the invoice vs. retail price. trade in price vs. private party, so you know how much room you have to beat them down.

2) have a good attitude, smile don't get emotional. always pleasant.

3) pit local dealers of the same brand against each other, don't have to name names, but do say another dealer offered me.... and let the current dealer counter offer.

4) always be ready to walk away. if you don't like the sales person or you don't like the price. walk away, leave. always can buy it tomorrow.
This cannot be stressed enough!!! One of the problems buyers face is they want the product so bad the salespeople can smell it, like a shark smelling blood in the water, and they will use this to their advantage. If you decide in advance that this is going to be a process that takes a couple of weeks you won't be as stressed out or stampeded into a purchase. Decide upfront that you are going to go in and talk but not buy, the first time at least. When they are trying to put the hard sell on you just stay calm and friendly but say something like "I want to think about it... or see what other dealers will offer". That will make them feel the heat instead of you.

If you walk in thinking you are here to negotiate and buy in one stop you will usually not get the best deal. It can be done but it is not advisable.
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+1 the walk away thing + just wondering, but have you ridden before? I ask because if you end up not like it or get scared of riding, thats a lot of money lost. you wont get back close to what you paid from the dealer if you decide motorcycles arent for you.

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You're not going to get much if you're going for a 300. If you don't buy it for their price, the next guy will.

Again, don't be afraid to walk. Once you get up and start walking towards the door, they'll more than likely come after you to get you to sit back down.

If you're financing it, know that the dealer will be getting more money from the sale as the lender will give them a commission.

Don't be afraid of asking for anything either. After I signed the paperwork, I asked for and they gave me 20% off gear. Beforehand, I asked what they could do for me since years ago I got a Honda XR100 from them; immediately, he took $300 off on a 2011 Ninja 250R.

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