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Old 06-01-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
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When is the best time to buy a new bike from the dealership?

I'm looking to get a new 2012/2013 Honda CBR600. I will be putting down like 2g for it. This will also be my first time actually buying a vehicle from a dealership. Any tips will be helpful. Just don't want to overpay for a new bike. Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:36 AM   #2
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In my opinion never, many bikes out there in great condition with low miles. I bought my RR with 600 miles on it, a set of rear sets, two brothers exhaust, clip ons, Corbin seat and aftermarket wind screen for about 2000 cheaper than the exact same bike new. It was practically new.

That said, probably winter. I think they start getting the next year models in and are trying to unload last years stuff. Plenty of people here that work at dealerships that will chime in on that one.


But I have never bought new, let someone else take the depreciation hit for you.

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Old 06-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #3
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i would say the best time to buy a new bike is when you want one.
Just visit several dealerships and be honest with them about what you are doing.
There will likely not be a huge difference in the cost of the bike from one dealer to another, but there are other things that can make one deal better than another
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Winter. When I bought both of my Ducatis, the local euro bike dealership had a winter "gamblers" sale where every week in December they would discount all their remaining inventory in the showroom by an increasing amount. As it so happened, no one wanted the ST3, so I held out till the end and bought it in the week between Xmas and New Years and got almost 5k off sticker plus a new helmet and gloves.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:52 AM   #5
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Things you dont buy from a dealer during summer:

Boats
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( you get better prices in colder months)
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There were times I can remember, most recently, when dealers were blowing out leftover 1000rrs and zx10rs (maybe 2008 models in mid 2009?) for very cheap. Like $3-4k cheaper than what people had paid for them when they first arrived so you don't always overpay like people think. I think financing is where you're making the bigger mistake. But if you do then How about trying to finance a low mile used bike from a private seller?

2 or 3 years from now if you try to sell the CBR you're about to buy new you're gonna be sick when you add up to money you lost. You might even be upside down in it still. Remember you'll be financing freight, assembly, TT&L plus whatever accessories you impulse buy with the bike minus the $2k you put down. Basically you'll be financing 100% of the "motorcycle" part of the deal.
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You usually get lower prices in the colder months, also at the end of the month.

You can get a good deal now, just be prepared to walk out of the dealership if they don't give you the price you want. Shop around and see who gives you the best deal.

If you can find a 2012 model, you should get a huge discount.
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i agree with cdill that financing is where the biggest expense or savings can be had.
I have actuallly purchased 3 times in my life where the interest i paid on the loan was less than the interest i was making on my money, so i actually saved money by financing... but that does not happen on a regular basis. your age and credit rating is going to be as important if not more important than the actual price of the bike.
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Get it in the winter months! I got my 12' stratoliner deluxe waaaay below msrp OTD.
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August because new models come out september so they have good incentives on them.
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We offer concessions for MH members, come by and talk to Rick in the import store, he will get you a great price on a new CBR.....
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When you have enough cash to outright pay for the bike.

Do not finance "non-essential" items in your life.

Other than that, during the winter months Dec-Feb. Dec is best, as dealers are incentivized to move inventory to avoid end of year taxes.
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This is all very helpful guys. I appreciate it.

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There were times I can remember, most recently, when dealers were blowing out leftover 1000rrs and zx10rs (maybe 2008 models in mid 2009?) for very cheap. Like $3-4k cheaper than what people had paid for them when they first arrived so you don't always overpay like people think. I think financing is where you're making the bigger mistake. But if you do then How about trying to finance a low mile used bike from a private seller?

2 or 3 years from now if you try to sell the CBR you're about to buy new you're gonna be sick when you add up to money you lost. You might even be upside down in it still. Remember you'll be financing freight, assembly, TT&L plus whatever accessories you impulse buy with the bike minus the $2k you put down. Basically you'll be financing 100% of the "motorcycle" part of the deal.
I'll definitely have to rethink about financing.
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Buy any time. Look for a 2-3 year old 0 miles "brand new" and get a hellofadeal!

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<--regrets not jumping on the 08 CBR 1000rr's going for $8000~ in 2009/2010

There was a pretty yellow one in Baytown
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<--regrets not jumping on the 08 CBR 1000rr's going for $8000~ in 2009/2010

There was a pretty yellow one in Baytown
You sure we could call that jumping, sir?
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<--regrets not jumping on the 08 CBR 1000rr's going for $8000~ in 2009/2010

There was a pretty yellow one in Baytown
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but i wouldnt recommend financing a motorcycle when youre only putting down like 2,000... I always pay cash for all my motorcycles. I would try to maybe save up to 3k and then finance a 5k bike and pay it off really quick. maybe 7 if you really want but I wouldnt personally.
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