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I was wondering if there is any way to get around not paying documentation fees. I am inquiring about purchasing a 2011 Versys when they come out and the dealer is wanting to charge me $200.00 for documentation fees. Is this normal?I can see a set up fee for assembling the bike for the customer and making sure it is safe to go. The sales person is getting paid to make sales,some receive an hourly wage some may receive a commision.I don't really see the point! The documentation paper is not made of gold and neither is the ink they use. What is the purpose of this fee ? Is it just another cash grab,just to squeeze a few more dollars out of a customer.
Does any one have any suggestions on how either not to pay these fees or haggle the fees lower. Or does one just suck it up and pay them?

I would like to know what others do about this topic.
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Come to AZ. Some dealers here charge $400 or more...

While some legitimate "document" work is going on it is basically an automated system where the sales\admin person inputs your info to a database that then creates the purchase documents\temporary plates\registration, etc. Some keystrokes are involved, supplies, printers, etc.

A legitimate business expense to the dealer for sure and could it be built into the COB, you bet.

Ask them to remove it when negotiating. If you don't like the answer shop somewhere else.

Bottom line is how much is it to get it in your hands...who cares how they get there.

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PA has a fee of around $100, though the state makes them charge it, nothing else.

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I'm sure they'll be happy to take off the documentation fee, and make up for it elsewhere.

Rather than worrying about each individual fee, negotiate on the out-the-door price you want, and let them work out the components of it.

You'll always pay more for new.
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Some dealers here in Florida collect a set fee of $100 - $300 and then after the bike is registered they send you a check for the difference between what you paid for the fee and what was actually charged at the DMV. That way they are sure they have enough to execute the transaction and not have to return empty handed because they did not have enough cash. This practice is common among Auto and Motorcycle dealers.
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then after the bike is registered they send you a check for the difference between what you paid for the fee and what was actually charged at the DMV.
In my neck of the woods, there aint any checks being sent back to the customer for anything. Money flows only one way....from our pockets to the business.
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Get a total OTD price you can live with or walk away. The details don't matter as long as you can live with the outcome.

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