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Old 09-15-02, 11:47 AM   #1
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Should You Get money off on last year's model ?

Hi !!

I finally found a new bike that fits and I like to ride . I have been looking since Feb weird body and got busy at work . I took it out yesterday for a test ride and bike shop made it almost fit for me a couple more small adjustments and should be fine .So now I ask price he said what it is marked .
The bike is a 2002 I have no problem with that at all . My husband has a problem he feels since it is the end the year for models I should get some money off . Plus the bike has been sitting in the bike shop inventory since last November. The bike is very small not many people would ride that size .

I want the bike !!! I also do not want a battle with the my husband.

Are Bikes let cars do you get a year end clearance ?


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Old 09-15-02, 12:38 PM   #2
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Discount on leftovers are fairly common. Not necessarily huge discounts, mind you. 5-10% would be fairly typical.

However, it can also depend on the bike. What make, model, and size are we talking about here? If the dealer believes the bike will sell at full price, he'll try to do so.

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Old 09-15-02, 12:53 PM   #3
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You mention that the bike is small, this would almost always call for a lower price. Small bikes don't sell as easily as the mid-range sizes so I would be sure that you would reap some sort of discount, unless you come from a town of small people
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Old 09-15-02, 02:10 PM   #4
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Some bikes don't get discounted easily. You may have to wait till november to get the discount...
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Yeah, it seems just a bit early to expect a discount. Leave your husband at home next time you go in, it sounds like he may ruin any chance you have.
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what if you wait until the '03s come out. if the bike is still there talk them down on price. if not... get an '03
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Old 09-15-02, 07:27 PM   #7
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There is no significant "devaluation" between bike years, and because of the easy mechanics of a bike, the wear and tear is quite different than for a car.

It is important that the bike shop tells you it's a year-end model, and I think they have done that. As for whether or not you should get a rebate, it depends on the make (some makers give end-of-year rebates, others don't) , but more importantly, it depends on the changes between model years.

So it would be nice to check the differences between a 2002 bike and a 2003 bike. In most cases, difference will be trivial (colour, different but equivalent seatpost...). On the other hand, if there is an interesting difference between both years, you may have a good point for discussion... or if it is a good improvement, you might prefer the 2003.

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I suppose it depends on the LBS. I bought a left-over - retail at the LBS was $1050 - magazines showed it for $1350 - I picked it up for $750. You should get a discount. It appears that the higher the price of the bike, the more the discount can be.
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You SHOULDN'T Get anything!

It's the shop's perogative to offer a discount to you!

It's also your perogative to make an offer for how much you want to pay.

Be an informed consumer and check around other shops for similarly priced bicycles and use that as a bargaining tool. "Hey, shop "B" down the street has a similar priced model that they'll discount for me. How about knocking 10% off?"

Just as a rule of thumb, shops don't make a whole lot of $$$ off the sale of bikes, they rely heavily on the accessories, and repairs. If you're interested in a $300 bike, there is less room to negotiate. If you're interested in a $2,000 bike, you'll have a lot more bargaining room.

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If the price suits your budget and desires, buy it. If not, don't. You might try asking if that is the best price they can give you since you'd also like to get all the accessories and equipment at the same time, lights, gloves, tools, computer, whatever. But don't be surprised if the answer is yes.

I don't think buying a bike is the same process as buying a car. The negotiation ritual usually just isn't there. It's more like buying a dishwasher. Ask if it is likely to go on sale anytime soon. That might spur them to offer a "sale" price.

In the final analysis though, it's really up to you. You want it? Buy it.

Paying the asking price sets you up for a fair amount of future good will at that shop. Should it not, then another LBS is probably in order.
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Hi !!
Thanks everybody for your advice .

My husband and I went back to the bike shop and no discount would be gaven . I was fine with it my husband was still a upset by it even after being told that they make no money on the bike . The bike shop gave a few dollars off the computer that helps makes my husband a little tiny happier .

I will pick up the bike on Saturday


One day my husband might understand bikes are not like cars !!!

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Congrats on the purchase, what make / model did you end up with?
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My new bike is a Womens Design LeMond Tourmalet .


I have been riding a Mongoose Hybrid for 5 years now .I want to start to more riding so it was time to get a road bike .

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Sometimes a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. I know what I'd do if I didn't want to wait till November. Think of ways to cover your financial tracks if you want to avoid an argument. The bike shop will work with you on that.

Ps: just saw that you actually did purchase the bike. That's a very nice bike. Use it in good health. Congrats and good for you.

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