Question about motorcycle dealers

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by medea, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. medea macrumors 68030

    medea

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    I'm contemplating getting rid of one of my cars and getting a motorcyle. I'm not interested in hearing about the pros or cons or dangers of driving a motorcyle in this thread. I would like to know if anyone has had experience purchasing a new motorcycle and if motorcycle dealers take cars for trade ins? It's a nice car so maybe that matters?
    I'm most interested in a Triumph, Ducati or BMW.
     
  2. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    I will be interested in how things go with info. I too am thinking of getting a motorcycle.

    As for your old car, you could just take it to a CarMax, if there is one near you.
     
  3. krimson macrumors 65816

    krimson

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    afaik, the only dealers I know of that take cars as trade-ins are ones that have auto affilates (Honda, BMW, Suzuki). Could be different where you are, the dealers I went to suggested that I sell my car and bring the cash to them.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    Generally they do not take cars as trade-ins. I just recently purchased a motorcycle and let Ford deal with the trade-in of the mustang.
    You should also know that insuring the bike for the first time will be higher as you increase your cc's on the bike...just an FYI. If you're not a newly licensed motorcyclist then you should be fine in whatever bike. Personally, I prefer BMW. :)
     
  5. medea thread starter macrumors 68030

    medea

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    Well there is a BMW/Triumph dealer here so if they do happen to take trades since it's affiliated with BMW then I could choose between the two, and those two are my favorites. The car is a MINI which is owned by BMW so maybe I have a chance.
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    I don't think they often take cars for trade-in but I guess it depends on the place.

    One thing. Ducati is a very precision driven motorcycle but it demands near perfect performance out of you to get that result. If you're not already somewhat relaxed and precise in your motions youself on a motorcycle they can be sort of 'twitchy' and difficult to manage. Highly recommended but just not as user-friendly in the beginning.
    My $.02 anyway.
     
  7. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

    Felldownthewell

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    I'm another interested person, mostly becuase I am young and am thinking about getting an older motorcycle to avoid high gas prices and just because a motorcycle seems to fit my needs.

    Anyway, if you have a mini and want to trade it for a BMW you probably have a chance. I guess it all depends on whether the BMW/Triumph dealer also sells cars...
     

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