Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
It Gets Worse then Really Really Good
Thought I'd give an update to my saga. On the following Thursday (Nov 24) still had not heard from my Calgary dealer so drove the 300km north to the Edmonton dealer (Argyll Motorsports) to see the 05 Light Yellow in person and demo it for comparison to the 04. Spent a lot of time looking at the bike in different lighting conditions and decided the colour just wasn't for me. Asked this dealer (sales guy rides an LT) to check what stock BMW Canada had in the Dark Graphite Metallic and give me a price. The very next morning he called me back, 4 in stock and gave me a reasonable price, I asked about possible end of year discounts and he said he was going to the BMW Dealers Show in Toronto the next weekend and he would get back to me the next Monday. WOW, he called first thing Monday (Nov 28)... oh still have not heard from my local dealer yet ... BMW Canada will not be having any rebates and 3.95% financing is set to expire Dec 16 but hope it will continue. I told him I would think about it and get back to him. Got busy with work and home renos and was thinking it was time to call back Argyll in Edmonton when suddenly around Dec 7 got a call from the Calgary dealer asking me if I had bought the bike yet, at which time I told him no and mentioned that I thought they must have gone out of business. Well what do you mean he asked, blah, blah, blah, sorry for the misunderstanding, told him I was in negotiations with Argyll, oh let me talk to my manager I'll get right back to you. Called me back 10 minutes later "Manager feels really bad about the mix up, want your business, come in and lets make a deal". What the hell I figure, so I go in on Dec 9 and the sales guy says "so what say we make a deal" and I say, "You asked me here so give me your best price and if its significantly better than Edmonton you got a deal". He and the boss get together for 15 minutes and he presents me with a price a measly $100 less that Edmonton. Not good enough I say call me next week with a better price. He leaves me a message at the end of the day on Tuesday to say that they do not discount BMWs. I call him Wednesday morning where he gives me some speech about supply and demand and I tell him they have nothing in this bike as it will be coming from BMW Canada presold, another bike for their year end numbers ...... You mean you are going to take it right away and not in the spring .... Yes ..... Oh, okay let me talk to my manager again. He calls me back 20 minutes later and GET THIS HE SAYS .... the boss redid the numbers and we forgot to add the accessories so we are actually $600 more than Edmonton .... You have got to be kidding, you mean you are not honoring your previous offer.... No, as I said we do not discount BMW's, if you really think Argyll will honor their price you may want to call them. So I did just that!
I hung up, called Argyll in Edmonton, made a final deal on the phone, they faxed me a sales agreement and credit application, took a deposit on my CC then called me back two hours later to say that my credit was approved and that the bike will come in next week but with Xmas and the New Year holidays probably can't pick up until early January. Turns out the 3.95% would not be extended but since signed on the 14th everything is set. It struck me on Friday that I never discussed the term of the financing so I called up the finance guy and said that I was concerned as I wanted the 5 year term at 3.95% but had forgot to discuss it, he said "Well sorry Gary, I talked to the regional rep and got your bike qualified for the 5 year 1.95%, but I can always cancel it if you'd like", we had a good laugh and I hung up the phone and thought to myself "Now these guys know how to treat their customers".
The idiots at Blackfoot in Calgary will not see this bike for servicing. At "jorawro's" suggestion I plan on using Anderwerks in Calgary for the regular maintance.
Can't wait to get the bike and I may have to change my user name to "Beauty and the Beast", the beauty my new LT and the beast my VTX1800C.
By the way, with taxes Edmonton was about $750 less than Calgary, can you say J-Pegs?
Last edited by zipper; Dec 19th, 2005 at 2:45 am.
Reason: Added final discount