I've been done like that by car dealers but not motorcycle dealers. I just haven't had that situation with a bike.
Hey Ed, you and your wife are expecting another baby? A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the both of you!!! :smile:
As for the dealership, that really stinks man. I have no stories of my own as the only time I ever bought a vehicle, it was my bike - I wanted it new, I went to the dealer and said "I want a 636, how much do you want for one?" He gave me his answer, and I bought it 2 days later :biggrin:
As for the bike, I agree with your wife and with Ruger. I know you've been longing for a Z for quite some time (since you're too **** stubborn to take the plunge and go for a 636 :biggrin and I think that if you went for a 650 R you would soon get tired of it. Worst of all, every time you'd see a Z cruising along down the street you would be staring at it with envy.
Hold out, man. Can't you hook up with the dealer you trust and wait for a deal? I would scan the net and hold out for a good offer... a few months more wait isn't gonna kill you but the satisfaction of parking a Z in your garage is going to be priceless :smile:
:wink:It seemed like a lot of money back then but now my wife and I are in what bennice calls "a financial sweet spot" and decided that I would buy that bike.
Ever since I ran my 500R into a dirt berm last June, I've started looking for a new bike...getting tired of riding/looking at my "Frankenstein's Monster" bike. So I've been looking for a used Z1000.
I found one on a dealership's website back in mid-August and when I still saw it listed in September, I called for a quote, "$6,499". It seemed like a lot of money back then but now my wife and I are in what bennice calls "a financial sweet spot" and decided that I would buy that bike. I called the dealership last Thursday and they said that they still had it. I told them that I would be in on Sunday to look at it. "Sunday? Okay, hope to see you then," said the salesman.
I take my wife with me and when we arrive I don't see a Z1000 anywhere--it's a small dealership--and ask the kid there if they, "...have any Z1000's for sale". The kid said, "I don't have any, but I can get you one". Confused I told my wife, "Let's go". And we walked out...
I started to drive away when I told my wife, "I want to go back and tell him that I'm looking for a used Z1000".
"Ohhhh...a used Z1000...yeah, I have it..." he replied and showed me some print-out that showed the bike's details. We were outside and he ran back inside for a second, returned and said, "I was off yesterday, I didn't know that the bike was sold," and he pointed to an empty spot in the line of bikes. "Let's go..." I told my wife.
Being really p!ssed-off that I took my pregnant wife 40 miles through LA traffic only to get jerked around, I decided that I would call again today (Monday) to see if they had the bike. The salesman said, "Oh yeah, it's pretty nice too, when do you think you can come and check it out?". A-holes. My only regret is that I didn't talk to the same person that I saw yesterday.
The **** bike is listed for over three months and they happen to sale it the day before I go to look at it? BS! This is the second weekend in-a-row that I've failed to obtain a good, used Z1000 so this scam definitely p!sses me off (the other was a private sale listed in CL that I believe to be a true sale to a buyer that was able to look at the bike before I could see it). I told my wife this morning, "F*ck it, I'm getting a new 650R in Kawi-Green from the only dealership that I ever should've considered doing business with". My wife is reluctant because she knows how much I want that Z1000; she feels that I won't be happy with a 650R even though I told her that I don't really need the power of the Z1000 or the higher insurance rate. She even told me to just buy an '08 Z1000 but I don't want to finance close to 10k when we have our daughter due in mid-April. The dealership that I'm going to tonight sales all of their bike's at invoice and they are great people so they have my business.
So tell me everyone, how common is it for a dealership to pull some BS like that? Please tell me that I'm not the only one that this has happened to. Needless to say, the BBB now has a complaint filed by me.
Been there, done that with all sorts of stuff, including motorcycles. Bait and switch is alive and well. They have just learned that they can't pull the switch. They think if they get you there you will buy something else. I usually walk out. But don't get upset and buy something you don't want. As I always told my daughters when they got "new car fever", you really dont' have to have it right this second, sometime waiting is a good thing. I'm with your wife about the 650R. If the Z1000 is what you want just keep looking, and be sure to call right before you go to look at it.
Oops! I remembered seeing pics of you with little ones, but I remember now those were your nieces :smile:Thanks stefano!...FYI though, this is our first child. And if I go by what my wife said when she was 6 weeks pregnant back in early August, our only one.:lol:
You did!Oops! I remembered seeing pics of you with little ones, but I remember now those were your nieces :smile:
Trust your Kawasaki bretheren... hold out for the Z. I didn't manage to convince you to get a 636, but I WILL convince you to get a Z :biggrin:
Yes... you do!!!I am in Sales and yes, we play games...
Thanks a lot ervins, I really appreciate that. Here's to waiting for a new adventure in parenting...By the way, congrats on the child...Many great wishes to you and your little family! God bless you all.
Hey Eidian,Thanks a lot ervins, I really appreciate that. Here's to waiting for a new adventure in parenting...