Dealership recommendation in southern CA
Well, sort of. I've been looking at BMW bikes for a month or so now, and have decided to buy a K1200GT. I wanted package 2 with TPM added, but the choices seem to be Package 2 (heated seats and bars, ESA, cruise control) or everything (add autostability control (ASM), tire pressure montior (TPM), and Xenon lights. Xenon I could add myself for $100, not $465, and ASC might be nice, but seemed unnecessary to me.
I don't know how fair it is to throw dollars around, since I see the negotiations as somewhat private. I'll be somewhat general.
Brattin BMW in San Diego has a package 2 on the color I want. He'd knock off X dollars from MSRP, plus 1/2 X dollars if I buy by Saturday because of an incentive that ends on Saturday. Also, there's $500 offered in BMW accessories.
A fully loaded bike at Long Beach is available. That dealer will knock of 0.8X dollars. No additional incentive to buy by Saturday. They feel demand for the fully loaded bike is such that no additional discounts are needed, and I understand that. This is business. So, I'd be paying for options I don't really want, and getting less of a discount on the more expensive bike.
The $500 in accessories wasn't mentioned until I brought it up. I'm just presuming that I would've been given that too, since I don't think the dealer could benefit by not offering that.
All said, I decided to spoil myself and buy the loaded bike. The TPM just seems like such a nice safety feature. And, having a K12GT after riding a HD Electra Glide, I might need that ASC to keep my back tire from kicking out when I start to accelerate in the rain. This power will be new to me.
But I do feel a little bad. I haven't transacted any money yet with either dealer (I pick up the bike tomorrow), so I cannot completely give an up or down to either one. But if you're in the market for a new GT with Package 2 and you're in the Southern CA area, I recommend talking to Brattin BMW in San Diego. And, maybe do it before the end of Saturday and you can save a little more.
I'll update when the deal is transacted. I'm looking forward to riding a new bike this weekend.