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I am looking to buy a new Ninja 500R and paid to get this information. Thought I'd help out everyone else...

List Price: $4799

Dealer Invoice: $4137
This is the base dealer cost before the freight charge and assembly credit.

Freight Charge: $130
This is a standardized freight charge from the Kawasaki dock to the dealership.
All dealers pay the same price.

Assembly Credit: $58 - per Kawasaki dealer pricesheet
Each dealership has its own method of figuring cost of assembly and preparation for sale.

Ready to sell cost: $4209

This model Kawasaki has 5% (of list price) dealer holdback.
This holdback money is paid to dealers in April or October for units that are sold within the previous 6 months. Dealers must pay Kawasaki the full "Dealer Invoice" price and wait up to 6 months after selling the machine to receive their dealer holdback.

Wholesale Incentives: none at this time

Retail Incentives: none at this time

The "Ready to sell cost" is the cost of the machine with NO PROFIT to a dealer. Dealers do not stay in business very long by selling machines for no profit.

Many dealers charge additional fees for "Freight and Setup" over and above the selling price of the machine. Add the "Selling Price" to the "Freight and Setup" charges and subtract the "Ready to sell cost" to determine the PROFIT a dealer is asking to make
 

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Thanks for the post, great information. We sell them here setup and ready to roll with no additional charges for $4599.00 8)
 

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2006 Kawasaki 500R dealer invoice

Here is invoice for Kawasaki 500R 2006 model year

Dealer Invoice Report
2006 Ninja 500R

List Price: $5049

Dealer Invoice: $4349
This is the base dealer cost before the freight charge and assembly credit.

Freight Charge: $150
All dealers pay the same standardized freight charge from Kawasaki to their dealership.

Assembly Credit: $-58 - per Kawasaki dealer pricesheet
Each dealership has its own method of figuring cost of assembly and preparation for sale.

Ready to sell cost: $4441

This model Kawasaki has 5% (of list price) dealer holdback.
This holdback money is paid to dealers in April or October for units that are sold within the previous 6 months. Dealers must pay Kawasaki the full "Dealer Invoice" price and wait up to 6 months after selling the machine to receive their dealer holdback.

Wholesale Incentives: none at this time

Retail Incentives: none at this time

The "Ready to sell cost" is the cost of the machine with NO PROFIT to a dealer. Dealers do not stay in business very long by selling machines for no profit.

Many dealers charge additional fees for "Freight and Setup" over and above the selling price of the machine. Add the "Selling Price" to the "Freight and Setup" charges and subtract the "Ready to sell cost" to determine the PROFIT a dealer is asking to make
 

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One of the most horrible mistakes made by retail consumers is to assume the dealer is getting rich off of them.

MANY retail customers feel the dealer should owe them their life because "I just spent 6500$ at that place!!!" .....well,honestly..in any other business in the world,you do not see some one (dealer) who has to tie up 6000$ for so long of time ...just to hope it sell on time before floor plan payments start on it,..so that he can actually have a hope that he can make 10% if he is lucky.

More times than enough,there are a few leftover models,etc that are simply a losing deal,..the dealer has been paying floor plan on them for a year,it is all just a loss now....and guess what..... The customer that ends up buying it also thinks you owe him for the rest of your life,because he bought it from you and you lost money....he took it off the dealers hands,so the dealer owes him too.

The,..there are a few things go wrong with the bike and ,sy,Kawasaki(for examle) wont cover it,.....you see where I'm going.

NO,I'm not a dealer,but have some friends that are.
You often hear people cry foul about their local dealer,..I just think sometimes people should take a deep breath and think it through .
 

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One of the most horrible mistakes made by retail consumers is to assume the dealer is getting rich off of them.

MANY retail customers feel the dealer should owe them their life because "I just spent 6500$ at that place!!!" .....well,honestly..in any other business in the world,you do not see some one (dealer) who has to tie up 6000$ for so long of time ...just to hope it sell on time before floor plan payments start on it,..so that he can actually have a hope that he can make 10% if he is lucky.

More times than enough,there are a few leftover models,etc that are simply a losing deal,..the dealer has been paying floor plan on them for a year,it is all just a loss now....and guess what..... The customer that ends up buying it also thinks you owe him for the rest of your life,because he bought it from you and you lost money....he took it off the dealers hands,so the dealer owes him too.

The,..there are a few things go wrong with the bike and ,sy,Kawasaki(for examle) wont cover it,.....you see where I'm going.

NO,I'm not a dealer,but have some friends that are.
You often hear people cry foul about their local dealer,..I just think sometimes people should take a deep breath and think it through .
yea... i know what you mean... if this sort of information is available to a person before buying a bike, do you think they would let the dealer get a profit? at the same token, bargaining power for the dealer is out the window... so what can you do? in any case, i really think it's the mentality that salesmen are greedy as a whole.. it's been built up over time and it's just stuck... they're just trying to milk the buyers? ... well, but the fact is, it's the other way around...

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