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Parts prices seem to be all over the place from dealer to dealer. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good dealer with reasonable prices. I live in the Bay Area and the two closest dealers don't do much too excite me.
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Chicago BMW seems to always sell at 20% off, but don't forget about shipping and handling charges...


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San Jose BMW seems to sell at suggested retail for most, if not all, items. If you have an established (good) relationship with a dealer it doens't hurt to ask the parts manager for a discount. Most dealerships want to do a little extra for the folks they do repeat business with, and/or bring other business in.

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I've been down to SJ BMW, I will not go back. I don't mind paying full price for good service but SJ BMW needs a service manager who follows through and shows some respect for the customer. Thanks for the try, I know some people who are still willing to go there you're not alone.
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Parts prices seem to be all over the place from dealer to dealer. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good dealer with reasonable prices. I live in the Bay Area and the two closest dealers don't do much too excite me.
As you look to form a productive business relationship with a dealer, I have always placed customer service ahead of prices.

For instance: if you can find a service/parts manager that gives you the straight info and follows through with his talk, then that is well worth paying a little more for.

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I totally agree with you. After making three phone calls to local dealers here in the S.F. Bay Area to see who if anyone had the parts I needed I ended up leaving three messages and got no return calls (am I supposed to be driving all over the place, introducing my self and asking if I can be a customer?). I took David Taylor's advice and called Chicago BMW, they were happy to talk to me, knowledgable, polite and made some good suggestions. It may be the dead of winter in Chicago but it's also the dead of winter here in N. Calif. and I don't think a lot of riders were out in the rain this weekend like I was!

I just don't understand why BMW dealership service is so poor here in the Bay Area. I know guys who have stepped up and purchased brand new bikes and admitted after that they were not happy with the dealer and would not go back unless compelled by price! Very sad. This is my first BMW and I'm learning fast.

By the way I do not have these issues with my friends in the rice rocket business.
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I totally agree with you. After making three phone calls to local dealers here in the S.F. Bay Area to see who if anyone had the parts I needed I ended up leaving three messages and got no return calls (am I supposed to be driving all over the place, introducing my self and asking if I can be a customer?). I took David Taylor's advice and called Chicago BMW, they were happy to talk to me, knowledgable, polite and made some good suggestions. It may be the dead of winter in Chicago but it's also the dead of winter here in N. Calif. and I don't think a lot of riders were out in the rain this weekend like I was!

I just don't understand why BMW dealership service is so poor here in the Bay Area. I know guys who have stepped up and purchased brand new bikes and admitted after that they were not happy with the dealer and would not go back unless compelled by price! Very sad. This is my first BMW and I'm learning fast.

By the way I do not have these issues with my friends in the rice rocket business.
My local BMW dealer is excellent--but very snooty (er, particular). They will only work on your bike if you bought it from them. Plus, they're 65 miles away from me!

My local rice dealer works on almost all Japanese brands, doesn't give a crap where you bought it and is 2 miles from my house!

Anywho, I don't care how far I have to go to buy the bike. It will always be from a dealer that cares about customer service. If that dealer is 200 or 300 miles away, then it makes for a great ride home also!

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