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Don't overpay for parts...

My local BMW dealer has a significant markup for parts, over and above other shops. When recently rebuilding the FD on the LT, I found that Max BMW had lower cost on the items that I needed than the local shop. I asked the local shop if they would match Maxs' prices. They reluctantly agreed. Even with sales tax I saved a lot of money. Food for thought.

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I'm usually willing to pay a little more to patronize the local guy but there are limits. Good thought!

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I've been using MAX for many years now. They have better in stock than local dealer and will go out of their way to help you.

When I was in their area in NH I stopped by on my way from ME to western MA to buy some mc boots. I arrived around 10 minutes after they closed. not knowing that I went up to the door which was locked, turned around a head back to my bike. Before I could get my riding gear back on I heard a voice asking me if I just needed some parts? I answered I wanted to buy some boots, not parts.

Come on in was the reply. The drop dead beautiful parts counter woman helped me for 20 minutes finding boots that fit like a glove after I took off my socks and put on BMW socks. They threw in the socks at the regular price.

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My local BMW dealer has a significant markup for parts, over and above other shops. When recently rebuilding the FD on the LT, I found that Max BMW had lower cost on the items that I needed than the local shop. I asked the local shop if they would match Maxs' prices. They reluctantly agreed. Even with sales tax I saved a lot of money. Food for thought.

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Bonus. You also get M&Ms with every order.
I am disappointed. May last order came with Skiddles.
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I am disappointed. May last order came with Skiddles.
Ya mean Skittles?

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Bonus. You also get M&Ms with every order.
You pulling my leg??? I didn't get any M&M's!?

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I got skiddles also. Shipping a little high on light items. Treats help us feel young.

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Used to be M and Ms

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Max BMW +1

Two weeks after I bought my 02, I had the shifter break on Rt 17 in Jersey. It was 5:59. I called Max BMW in Danbury, they told me they were closed and I explained my situation, then they transferred me to Max himself. He said he'd brought a truck full of parts down from the NH store at 4am and he'd have to unload it before he could come. Its over an hour away from where I was. 1 hour and 30 minutes later, he arrives, we load the bike in his truck, he drives me 30 miles out of his way to my house in Stamford, takes the bike to his shop, fixes it and delivered it back to me like two days later. He charged my just the pickup fee .50/mile - it would have cost me 4 hours and at least $100 just to get myself home. I was floored. He's the best. And I've told this story about 100 times.

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I order parts from Max because I like to know what the cost is before making a decision, with the parts fiche online it's possible (and usually substantially cheaper than my local guy as noted above). I'm not a big fan of negotiations, just give me the best price you can and don't play games, so at max I can check the price and decide if I really want it or not, and know that I am getting probably the best price I can for it. As for M&Ms, I hope my next order comes with skittles, I think that's an upgrade because the M&Ms are always all melted when I get stuff in the summer (yeah, a couple hours at 115 will do that - don't believe that melt in your mouth not in your hand crap).

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My local BMW dealer has a significant markup for parts, over and above other shops. When recently rebuilding the FD on the LT, I found that Max BMW had lower cost on the items that I needed than the local shop. I asked the local shop if they would match Maxs' prices. They reluctantly agreed. Even with sales tax I saved a lot of money. Food for thought.
Before we all get too giddy about Max's prices, be aware that not all of their stuff is cheaper. Their price for a bearing I need:$68. Local dealer here in Cleveland:$68. And it's in stock. Just sayin'....

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