Your experiences at each place mirror my own in a lot of ways. However, I found high-pressure, strong arm tactics at BOTH places. When I bought my V-Strom in '06 (MSRP $6699) Carter started at $8,700. When I laughed, they came down to $8300.
When I told them they were still at least $1K too high, I was told "we'll sell every single one we can get at this price. Take it or leave it."
I left it.
Six hours of haggling and threats later, I had a deal on the Strom at Ride Now for $7,300 OTD. Still not a great deal, but OTD in LA wanted $7K OTD, and it would have cost me $300 to drive to LA for the weekend anyway.
I just can't give either place my business again. Carter was just laughable (I went back in one last time to inquire about the '08 KLR (MSRP $5349). First quote given was $7,900 OTD!!!) Never again.
I did manage a fair deal (for this area) at Ride Now, but it wasn't worth six hours of elevated blood pressure and wondering if the police were going to be called at any moment as the yelling going each direction got louder and louder.
Dealerships need to make money on their products to survive. I fully understand that and want to make sure they receive a fair profit.
The key word there is "fair".
Somewhere in all those numbers, is a price where the dealership makes a reasonable profit and consumer gets a reasonable price.
Why is it so hard for most dealers to understand that? OTD Motorsports in California seems to get that. I'd sure like to see more dealerships adopt the same approach.
Too bad the V won't be in CA for at least several more months.
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Last edited by Nodaclu; 07-11-2008 at 06:27 PM.