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New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby kiva on Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:52 pm

Hi folks

Sorry to make my first post a "is this a deal" post, but...

2009 Met. Purchased by woman 1/2010, but riding it "scared" her and she never rode it. Has 12.5 miles on the odometer. Still has the nubbies on the tires. It's dirty and has clearly been sitting outside all summer (at least), but otherwise looks good. Has the front and rear rack and the black trunk.

They're asking $1850. Assuming warranty is transferable (I haven't researched that yet), that would be good until January 2011 (correct me if I am mistaken).

What do you guys think? MSRP with those add-on's is $2265 + tax. I'm not desperate to buy or anything, but it looks pretty interesting...

thanks for your input.

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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby honkerman on Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:06 pm

Seeing as you could probably get one from a dealer for less at this point, I'd try to lowball, or look for something else.

Even with the addons, you could easily pay that for a new one, without potential sun-damage from sitting out all summer.
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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby spoolboyy on Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:27 pm

1850 isn't entirely out of line I don't think. That said, I'm not sure its a screaming deal either.

The dealer bike has a nice price tag, but winds up costing MUCH more once you've added T&L, doc fees, "destination charges" (if your dealer charges them) and a "setup fee" (which motorcycle manufacturers pay dealers to do, but they pass on the charge to unsuspecting customers).

$2265 easily winds up being 2600-2800 bucks and the used bike looks a lot more appealing at that point. That said, I wouldn't be afraid to use that $2265 number to push your agenda with the used bike and negotiate down to 1650 or something like that.

Its really up to the seller and how much money they require to part with the bike. By the same token, its up to you as well. Are you willing to pay $750 to $950 more for a brand new bike than you are for this used one with 12.5 miles and some dirt on it?

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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby BeachBuzz on Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:49 am

sounds like a fair asking price to me, make sure it starts/runs. if it's been sitting for a while it probably wont and may need a battery and a carb cleaning - neither are gonna cost you anywhere near the tax alone on a new one. my scoots sit outside for a good part of the summer, the Met is at the beach and out in the sun for more than half of it's first year in service - these things are meant to be outside. make an offer and see how willing they are to sell, it's not exactly selling season for scoots and you may be able to get a great deal - then give it a bath. you certainly wont lose money on it at $17-1800
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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby Smorris on Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:29 am

Yes! Why are you still sitting here? Go get it! ;)

No, we are not enablers here at all! :D Seriously, offer them $1750 and get what you can. Even at $1850 it is a good price.

Note that many dealers do not add on all the costs that spoolboyy describe. Some do. My Vespa, Burgman, and Met all came from three different dealers. None charged much extra. I paid tax, title fees, and at most $50 processing fees. No set up or other charges.
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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby MountainMetro on Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:57 pm

well, depending on the deals now, just walked out of the dealer 2 days ago for a brand new met for $2050. $200 bonus bucks helped. although, the dealer had a $200 fee for processing. :(
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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby spoolboyy on Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:22 pm

Smorris is right. Not all dealers are "hiding" the final price from you, but you won't know until you talk with them pseudo-seriously. Find out within $100 or so what the out the door is and then buy one of those scoots!

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Re: New User: is this 2009 Met a good deal?

Postby vulcan on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:36 pm

Get an OTD price in writing signed by the sales manager. If you can avoid all those additional dealer markup fees, I'd go for the new one even at a few hundred more. Sitting does more damage to a bike than riding it hard, especially if it was sitting outside, and was never maintained while sitting there. There will be sun damage to everything plastic or rubber and the paint, and the entire fuel system may be plugged up with evaporated gas. If the scooter starts and runs good, the fuel system may be ok, and if you can touch the seat without making a hole in it, the sun damage may not be that bad (it would have turned to dust here in the AZ sun). I still wouldn't offer more than $1500, and unless you are counting pennies, I'd still go for a new one if you can get a good deal. There is just something really satisfying about buying a new scooter, it's all clean and shiny, and you know it has never been abused. Would be worth a few extra $$$ to me.
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