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Old 10-17-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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Another Canadian Purchase Grumble

The conversation regarding keeping your money in Canada, looking after the local dealers, etc, has strong opinions. Normally, I will give the local dealers a nod if it's close. Today I bellied up to the local Honda dealer to buy gasket sets for my '89 Honda. Five days out of Calgary, I was told. Great! I was kind of worried about parts availability, on such a rare bike [RC30]. $49 each kit plus taxes, sure, here's my credit card.

I get home, do a 3 minute search, find a Honda dealer located in Oregon. They have 4 available for delivery now, $21 US each, no taxes, $10 shipping. So,,,less than 1/2 the price, factoring in currency exchange, credit card foreign transaction fee, and factoring in the gas to drive 9 miles to the border, and $3.50 mail box fee.

I just have problems with this. No, I'm not going to cancel this order. I just want to know where Honda Canada's costs are 100% more than some shop in the states? The Yen has dropped against every currency.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:01 AM   #2
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Honda Canada prices have been double the U.S. price for years. I needed a stator for my wife's '05 VFR. Canadian price +$400 plus taxes. U.S. price was less than $250 shipped.

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Old 10-18-2014, 08:41 PM   #3
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I typically go to where my dollar goes the furthest. Everything in the US is cheaper, except meds and health care. What really kills me is the price of books/magazines. Even when the dollar was at par there was still a substantial discrepancy is price. It's expensive to live in Canada. Period.
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:51 PM   #4
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Honda Canada prices have been double the U.S. price for years. I needed a stator for my wife's '05 VFR. Canadian price +$400 plus taxes. U.S. price was less than $250 shipped.

Thanks for the heads up. We just bought a 2002 VFR for my wife, sooner or later it will need a stator as well.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up. We just bought a 2002 VFR for my wife, sooner or later it will need a stator as well.
Make sure it has had the wiring recall done. Ours fried itself while on tour in
Idaho. Had to get a tow from Winchester, (great campground), to Coeur D'Alene.
Luckily we had BCAA RV package for free towing.

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Old 10-19-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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well....with the CDN dollar stinking so bad prices this side are looking Way better....but i hear the OP.
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well....with the CDN dollar stinking so bad prices this side are looking Way better....but i hear the OP.
Very true.. have to be a wise shopper and know what you're trying to buy.

With out dollar at .88 one needs to factor it in even more-so.

In some cases you can stay in Canada but spread from your local market.

I needed rotors and pads for my minivan and found them online in Toronto for 1/3rd of the price of local autoparts, Napa, Canadian Tire etc.
Next day free DHL delivery and I never had to leave the house to get it.
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I typically go to where my dollar goes the furthest. Everything in the US is cheaper, except meds and health care. What really kills me is the price of books/magazines. Even when the dollar was at par there was still a substantial discrepancy is price. It's expensive to live in Canada. Period.

It's refreshing to finally hear that people are going where the price and competition is, and not supporting their local shops. The longer we continue to subsidize these crooks, the worse it's going to get. Prices won't drop as long as they're still getting the business.

It's sad that even with the dollar so low, I can still save almost $200 on a $500 order of bike parts, even after shipping and taxes are paid.
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I had a friend in the bike business and when I compared the tire deals I could get online with his prices he could not compete. He actually showed me his cost and it was more.
What you have to remember he is buying from Parts Canada or Motovan. These are the 2 big suppliers in Canada for dealers and they set the prices.
I would not blame the little guy, he has to make a buck to stay open.

I just take my money online now. And only buy the everyday stuff from dealers. I want my dealer to survive but I still have to make sure my buck goes the furthest. I feel the dealers should band together and force the suppliers in being more competitive.
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