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Old 12-16-2012, 09:23 PM   #46
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Hi CD. Vespas are great bikes. I understand that.
But there are dealers out there that succeed with other brands. And that is my plan...
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #47
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You are comparing a 125cc Lance to a Vespa GTS 300. Not the same class of scooter there at all. My GTS is quite comfortable on the freeway and for long distance touring of 300+ miles per day at 70mph if you choose. Our Buddy 125 or the Vespa ET 4 150 we used to own are good urban scoots but not the best for touring nor are they good on the freeway.

FWIW, I'd have no interest in purchasing a Lance Cali for "vintage style". I'll take our Buddy 125 over it any day of the week. Completely reliable and has stood up to one teenage boy who rode it daily to school and his younger brother will be doing the same starting next fall. I bought the Buddy as my first scoot because I wanted vintage styling and a reliable scooter at a fair price. I've been happy with it for the last 6 years even though I rarely ride it. I never even considered a Lance, okay at that time they were all made on the mainland and were not using Sym engines but its reputation was not good. I'm still reserving judgment on the Cali.

BTW, if a salesman approached me with the attitude that my preferred scooter was "overpriced" and tried to tell me I'd be better off with a knock off I'd walk out the door and not come back. Bashing others is never a good marketing plan since scooter groups share their opinion of various dealers between themselves and can be quite vocal about it.

He's actually doing what salespeople do; making a biased case for their product. He will appeal to people wanting an inexpensive way into scooters in general for any number of reasons. I've heard Vespa salespersons bash other, lower priced scooters time and time again, so its a two-way street.


The Vespas are typically a move-up scooter for people who have had a taste of scooter riding and their tastes have evolved. I don't get the impression his business will focus on those as he will be catering to first time scooterists and there's nothing wrong with that. With any luck he'll grow a new fresh batch of scooterists and enthusiasts in Naperville, and that would ultimately be beneficial to Vespa as those scooterists evolve and start demanding the "next level" of scooters.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:14 PM   #48
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Thanks GoGordy! I wasn't trying to bash anyone, but do believe the Lance Cali is a beautiful bike, at a fraction of the cost...
Thanks again!
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:53 AM   #49
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Actually contacted the owner of DG Vespa yesterday inquiring about a sales position. I think he could use a boost...
Not hiring right now (December) but he was interested in my social media knowledge and how it could help him...
Anyway, it could be fun in the near term, and I love hanging out with scooters! We will be talking again next week to discuss possibilities...
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:46 AM   #50
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Here in So. Cal., a few years back Vespa built a beautiful facility in downtown Long Beach. Geez what could be better than a crammed uban area with a new, fresh scooter shop a block from the beach. Sadly it did not last. I was in there a few times when I thought I would be buying my first scoot. Great shop with tons 'other' goodies for the bike. These are the bread & butter items where the mark up happens, and the conveince of the dealer installing it for you. Now most recently I understand that Vespa in L.A. has closed its doors also. I found this out from the folks at NOHO Scooters when I was in there not too long ago. NOHO was telling me that this really put a strain on their service department. Now, NOHO is out of bsiness also.

I don't know what this says or indicates, but it makes me really leary about buying ANY scooter from ANY shop. You just don't know if they're gunna be there. Honda, Yammy, Suz are looking pretty good right now. I know there dealers close also, but not at the rate of the scooter shop level.

All this being said, I sure want the Kymco 300.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:04 PM   #51
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FWIW, NOHO scooters did not close because they were failing but for personal reasons. There are several threads about their closing on Modern Vespa and Modern Buddy.

Kenni, good call on trying for a job at a local scooter shop. Even if they aren't hiring, if you can afford to do so and its okay with them see if you can hang out and maybe learn some wrenching skills. That's will help you when you are ready to open your own place.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:02 PM   #52
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fwiw, noho scooters did not close because they were failing but for personal reasons. There are several threads about their closing on modern vespa and modern buddy.

Kenni, good call on trying for a job at a local scooter shop. Even if they aren't hiring, if you can afford to do so and its okay with them see if you can hang out and maybe learn some wrenching skills. That's will help you when you are ready to open your own place.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:01 PM   #53
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My nearest Bintelli Dealer/Service Center is almost as close as my nearest Vespa Dealer.

Warney screwed with this post 12-18-2012 at 08:04 PM Reason: because
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:10 AM   #54
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The one successful scooter store here seems to survive because they've tapped into the scooter 'culture', meaning Vespa, as well as vintage scooters. And even they started selling Royal Enfields as a side-line.

I can see this working, particulalry in a college town, but not if you focus on cheap Chinese units.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:21 PM   #55
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+1 on SYM, the DD50 is one of the most popular bikes in Hawaii, beside the old Honda Elites (The DD50 motor is a clone of the Elite). Tons of aftermarket for the motors, there are guys with 125cc bored and stroked motors flying around. DD50, solid bike.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:50 PM   #56
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My local Vespa dealer is also a BMW and Royal Enfield dealer. I don't know about how other Vespa dealers operate, but if you bought that $6000 GTS300 from them, you would pay over $8,000 OTD. It seems that dealers that sell more expensive bikes seem to add more fees to them. This is known in the business as "additional dealer markup" and is pure profit. TT&L is a given, but paying hundreds or thousands extra for freight, setup, doc fees, etc., and then conning the customer into buying an extended warranty and a service plan, and maybe paint protectant, is one way to be certain they will never get my business. There is a difference between making a profit and highway robbery. I know the sales manager of a local Kawasaki only dealership, and he explained the whole racket to me, even showing me the paperwork. Most people would be absolutely astounded by how much profit a dealer actually makes on selling a new bike, if the customer allows it.

I have bought 3 new Japanese bikes, including the Zuma 125, before ever going to the dealership. I saw their ad on the Cycle Trader site, and liked the price. I called them up and told them I was ready to put down a deposit right now, if the deal was good enough. It was surprisingly easy to get most of that additional markup dropped, they just could not bring themselves to make a guaranteed profit. I paid a $500 deposit with a credit card, got the exact amount owed, and went in with a cashiers check, so they couldn't pull something at the last minute. If you go in to talk to them, you give them a chance to scam you, which is surprisingly easy even if you are expecting it, when you are sitting there on the bike.

The one piece of advice I have no matter what you are selling, is don't become known as a "stealerdealer" If you have a price tag on something, it should be at least close to the actual price. Trying to make easy money by ripping people off will definitely come back and bite you.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:49 PM   #57
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Kenny,

Do you have plans to sell anything to make up for slow winter sales or do you anticipate winter sales being enough to cover expenses during the winter? Salaried staff, utilities, etc.

A lot of bike/scooter stores in the midwest sell snowblowers/snowmobiles during the winter months. If not to keep you going but to at least allow more profit during those months.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:44 PM   #58
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I don't know about how other Vespa dealers operate, but if you bought that $6000 GTS300 from them, you would pay over $8,000 OTD. It seems that dealers that sell more expensive bikes seem to add more fees to them. This is known in the business as "additional dealer markup" and is pure profit. TT&L is a given, but paying hundreds or thousands extra for freight, setup, doc fees, etc., and then conning the customer into buying an extended warranty and a service plan, and maybe paint protectant, is one way to be certain they will never get my business. There is a difference between making a profit and highway robbery.
The reasons dealers add Freight and Setup is that they are charged freight on the bikes they get, and want to pass that cost along, they do pay a technician to assemble and prep the bike (many scooters come from the Mfg. in a crate that is about two and a half feet high and take someone who knows what he is doing two or more hours to prepare for delivery to the customer), they pay interest every month on the inventory on their floor, and the markup on motorcycles and scooters, and parts and accessories is very low compared to just about any other retail business except Walmart. Look at how much overhead a dealer has, and ask yourself how long you could be in business making $300 gross profit every time you sell a unit with a $2600 MSRP for $2600, then subtracting freight, the mechanic's time, and the interest you paid on the bike. Running a successful powersports dealership is very different than joining the Peace Corps and the internet has spawned a whole group of consumers that believe "making a profit" means the dealer should make close to nothing when they buy something but provide them the same level of service a dealer can when they actually make money on a deal. Most dealers got into the business because they are enthusiasts, and are not raking it in hand over fist. There are dealers who get a little carried away with extras sometimes, but most of the lenders have put a stop to that by limiting the amount they will finance on a vehicle and accessories. Gone are the days when a dealer could approve someone for $10,000 and then charge the customer that for a $5000 bike and paint protector.
One reason a lot of dealerships have gone out of business is that in the Go Go days when you could qualify a kid with no credit for an R1 at $69 a month for three years, they figured it would last forever and built Taj Mahals. Many of them did that under pressure from the manufacturer that they would put in another franchise very near if the dealer didn't. New Unit sales dropped during the recession more than 50 percent a year for a few years, and a lot of them just couldn't tote that note anymore.
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The reasons dealers add Freight and Setup is that they are charged freight on the bikes they get, and want to pass that cost along, they do pay a technician to assemble and prep the bike (many scooters come from the Mfg. in a crate that is about two and a half feet high and take someone who knows what he is doing two or more hours to prepare for delivery to the customer), they pay interest every month on the inventory on their floor, and the markup on motorcycles and scooters, and parts and accessories is very low compared to just about any other retail business except Walmart. Look at how much overhead a dealer has, and ask yourself how long you could be in business making $300 gross profit every time you sell a unit with a $2600 MSRP for $2600, then subtracting freight, the mechanic's time, and the interest you paid on the bike. Running a successful powersports dealership is very different than joining the Peace Corps and the internet has spawned a whole group of consumers that believe "making a profit" means the dealer should make close to nothing when they buy something but provide them the same level of service a dealer can when they actually make money on a deal. Most dealers got into the business because they are enthusiasts, and are not raking it in hand over fist. There are dealers who get a little carried away with extras sometimes, but most of the lenders have put a stop to that by limiting the amount they will finance on a vehicle and accessories. Gone are the days when a dealer could approve someone for $10,000 and then charge the customer that for a $5000 bike and paint protector.
One reason a lot of dealerships have gone out of business is that in the Go Go days when you could qualify a kid with no credit for an R1 at $69 a month for three years, they figured it would last forever and built Taj Mahals. Many of them did that under pressure from the manufacturer that they would put in another franchise very near if the dealer didn't. New Unit sales dropped during the recession more than 50 percent a year for a few years, and a lot of them just couldn't tote that note anymore.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:20 AM   #60
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Well the MSRP is supposed to be the price the dealer can sell it for and make a reasonable profit. I never liked
having to wheel and deal for a vehicle. Do it like Saturn and set a price, if I like it I'll buy if not, see you later!

I bought a scooter recently, the MSRP was $3499, one dealer wanted around $4000 the other said $3499 + $129
document fee. If one dealer can sell it for MSRP why can't the other?

So if you want to have happy customers, put tags on each one and show the out the door price. People can shop and
know what they'll have to pay.
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