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Dealership Credit

Due to the dealership making a mistake with my financing, they issued me an in-store credit of $150. I wan't to use it for spare parts:

- Clutch Cable
- Air Filter Element
- Bulbs (Headlight, Taillight and Turn Signal)
- Mini Blade Fuse (5, 10, 15 amp)

Can the bulbs and fuses be purchased at an automotive store ? Is there anything else I should consider ?
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Due to the dealership making a mistake with my financing, they issued me an in-store credit of $150. I wan't to use it for spare parts:

- Clutch Cable
- Air Filter Element
- Bulbs (Headlight, Taillight and Turn Signal)
- Mini Blade Fuse (5, 10, 15 amp)

Can the bulbs and fuses be purchased at an automotive store ? Is there anything else I should consider ?

It would be great if it can be used towards labor costs for a service.
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bulbs fluids filters and fuses can all be had from walmart and or auto parts store or ebay (tho anything can be had on ebay)
id use it for tires
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They can order any parts you want. For instance if you want to replace the windshield, then they can use the $150 towards that. If I were going to by maintenance items, I would buy once that you are sure to replace. For instance oil and filters, air filter, crush washers, chain, sprockets. Or you can save it for when you need to buy new tires. Or you can put it towards a winter weight jacket. The options are endless my friend.

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Why don't they give you the cash. I mean, if they over charged you, why must you spend this over charge at their store. Seems to me the money belongs in your wallet.
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Why don't they give you the cash. I mean, if they over charged you, why must you spend this over charge at their store. Seems to me the money belongs in your wallet.
because they wanna give you $150 gift card so they only loose $80 make yet another $70 off you
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bulbs fluids filters and fuses can all be had from walmart and or auto parts store or ebay (tho anything can be had on ebay)
id use it for tires
I figured I did not need O.E.M. replacement fuses, but was not sure about bulbs. Is there a list of bulbs/lamps that replace O.E.M.'s ? I did a search but did not find much.
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Why don't they give you the cash. I mean, if they over charged you, why must you spend this over charge at their store. Seems to me the money belongs in your wallet.
The amount of in-store credit was actually $200 for a $125 error on the financing. I already used $50 of it for my first oil change (filter, oil, oil filter wrench, crush washers, etc.). So it no big deal to me that I have to spend it there.
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I figured I did not need O.E.M. replacement fuses, but was not sure about bulbs. Is there a list of bulbs/lamps that replace O.E.M.'s ? I did a search but did not find much.
i upgraded my head light to these LEDs
oem style bulbs can also be found on ebay
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I would have asked for a 50% increase since that is their markup in parts (well, at a BMW dealer anyway - probably the same.)

When he told you that was he talking out the side of his mouth? Ha ha, their is no way to win with them, except to use them as little as possible. It's like a taxi at the airport when you just want to cross the expressway, "I know a shortcut... let me get on the expressway first..." Don't mind me though, I just had my year-end clearance sale and military discount bubble bursted with $3K markups from 3 dealers in a row. There is no use to try a fourth dealer around here anyway. I'm just glad I paid cash for my new used bike and didn't need dealer credit. If you try and look pitiful to get sympathy, they will rip you off more. I'm just kidding... well not really though :-)
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Chain and sprockets are a good suggestion. They can get a little spendy...

I would be stoked to get a gift card for my local dealership and would for sure put it to good use...

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The credit is nice, but it sounds like it is your money anyway. I would ask for a 25% discount on whatever you buy with that credit.

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Chain and sprockets are a good suggestion. They can get a little spendy...

I would be stoked to get a gift card for my local dealership and would for sure put it to good use...
I also thought about sprockets and chain - but I only have 125 miles on the bike, so it will be a while before I need to replace these. I was also thought about the Kawasaki MRA Windshield with the spoiler, but from what I read, it's not much better than the stock windshield.
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The credit is nice, but it sounds like it is your money anyway. I would ask for a 25% discount on whatever you buy with that credit.
Yeah, I could do that. But this is the third bike I've purchased from this dealership and in no way do I believe they tried to screw me. I've never had a problem with them. They gave me a great deal on the bike and they gave me what I wanted for my Sportster trade-in. To me, it all evened out.
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Yeah, I could do that. But this is the third bike I've purchased from this dealership and in no way do I believe they tried to screw me. I've never had a problem with them. They gave me a great deal on the bike and they gave me what I wanted for my Sportster trade-in. To me, it all evened out.
Its nice to find a good dealership. The dealership i bought my V from in Texas was fantastic. Have not had any luck finding a decent one in Cali yet.

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.. in no way do I believe they tried to screw me.
Their intensions are not what matters because you will never know if the overcharge was intentional or not. What matters is how they remedy a mistake.

The proper thing to do is give you your money back, not force you to pre-pay for goods and services from their store.

Anyway, some battles are not worth fighting and it sure is not a lot of money. The logic of their remedy just annoys the crap out of me: "Sorry, we over charged you. Here is your money back but you have to spend it here" It makes no sense.

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There is always crash bars, heated grips, gallon of oil w/filter drain washers, tires (not best place to buy tires though), fender extenders (if they have them), radiator guards, gel pads for seats (?), plastic guards ($48 I think) for lower fork tube protectors (first leaky seal will pay for it easily - my number 2 item after dual Piaa horns on order from Amazon now-$50), Kawasaki seat bag, Kawasaki tank rubber pads for knees, center stand (wooooo!), ...

The problem is you are going to pay 25% to 50% markup for Kawasaki non-oem, so getting Kawasaki OEM replacement parts would be the best. They really do owe you, but if you are happy, that is all that matters. The more you spend with them, the better they are as they should be. EVEN if you are dependent on them, don't be afraid to ask reasonable requests. Being assertive is better than being aggressive and much much better than being passive, because that says you don't mind being walked on for a one time deal in the past.

You can always get parts on line, and if you look REAL hard, you can find a better wrench (than minimum wage AMA fresh graduates) for less money usually (but be prepared to travel to go to them.)
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"and if you look REAL hard, you can find a better wrench (than minimum wage AMA fresh graduates) for less money usually (but be prepared to travel to go to them".

I'll be using the same mechanic who wrenched on my Sportster. Even though his back ground is mostly V-Twins (American and metric), he has plenty of experience with sport type bikes. He's less than 10 miles from my house and charges $65 an hour. When I showed him my Versys he kind of laughed a little and said most people with that type of bike don't consider him for service because his tattoos scare them off.
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"and if you look REAL hard, you can find a better wrench (than minimum wage AMA fresh graduates) for less money usually (but be prepared to travel to go to them".

I'll be using the same mechanic who wrenched on my Sportster. Even though his back ground is mostly V-Twins (American and metric), he has plenty of experience with sport type bikes. He's less than 10 miles from my house and charges $65 an hour. When I showed him my Versys he kind of laughed a little and said most people with that type of bike don't consider him for service because his tattoos scare them off.
Ha ha, yeah, I'll be using my Honda mechanic for my Nighthawk 750 (he mainly works on Goldwings.) A good wrench is a good wrench! They are hard enought to find in the first place. I've drove 200 miles (Saturday jaunts) for good wrenches. Mine now is only about 13 miles, but he has up to a 3 month constant backlog unless its quick for in-between-jobs. California has TERRIBLE rip-off mechanics, so I'm happy the Honda dealer referred me to him. I just always carry a manual for reference to help keep the hours down
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