Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:35 pm

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2022 GTS Super Tech
Joined: 30 Apr 2022
Posts: 7
Location: Florida
 
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2022 GTS Super Tech
Joined: 30 Apr 2022
Posts: 7
Location: Florida
Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:35 pm linkquote
As a newbie, I could use some guidance. When I price out a GTS on the USA website, I get about a 40% lower price on freight and dealer prep than what the dealer I would take delivery through is quoting when I visited his store. He claims the website isn't keeping up with the times. That could be the case but I remember a video Robot did which claimed the consumer can sometimes save money by ordering online. He made it sound like the dealer is obligated to sell it for what the website quotes. I see a bunch of asterisks on the website pricing but I don't see what they are for. What's your opinion?
Sun May 15, 2022 8:06 pm

Hooked
2016 BV350 White
Joined: 01 May 2010
Posts: 432
Location: East LA County, CA, USA
 
Hooked
2016 BV350 White
Joined: 01 May 2010
Posts: 432
Location: East LA County, CA, USA
Sun May 15, 2022 8:06 pm linkquote
You can't order a scooter online from the Vespa USA website. The show MSRP which does not include freight $500, dealer prep and set up another $400 or so, sales tax, and registration, etc. You can only buy from a dealer. There is not a lot of difference between dealer prices on new models. You can order a scooter online from Scooter West / Motorsport and there is a youtube video for that, but you have to pick it up at their store or arrange to have it shipped to your location. I doubt it is worth the cost to have it shipped to your location vs buying from a local dealer. Just check with local dealers in your area.

If you want a deal, ask about their "new old stock" and what's available in the Vespa warehouse as new old stock. These are scooters that are brand new but didn't sell in the model year. They usually drop the freight and prep to get them to sell if they are old enough.
Sun May 15, 2022 8:24 pm

Molto Verboso
2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC)
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Posts: 1630
Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
 
Molto Verboso
2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC)
Joined: 17 Nov 2020
Posts: 1630
Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
Sun May 15, 2022 8:24 pm linkquote
bean counter wrote:
You can't order a scooter online from the Vespa USA website. The show MSRP which does not include freight $500, dealer prep and set up another $400 or so, sales tax, and registration, etc....
you might want to watch this video where he shows going through to the checkout which does show freight and taxes etc after choosing a dealer. jump to 6:26
Mon May 16, 2022 1:11 am

Enthusiast
GTS 250ie
Joined: 07 May 2022
Posts: 68
Location: The Jerz
 
Enthusiast
GTS 250ie
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Posts: 68
Location: The Jerz
Mon May 16, 2022 1:11 am linkquote
Advertised price and out the door price are vastly different. This is why you see privately sold used bikes selling for list price and sometimes more.
Wed May 18, 2022 2:30 pm

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2022 GTS Super Tech
Joined: 30 Apr 2022
Posts: 7
Location: Florida
 
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2022 GTS Super Tech
Joined: 30 Apr 2022
Posts: 7
Location: Florida
Wed May 18, 2022 2:30 pm linkquote
I emailed Vespa USA and they never responded so I called them and got my answer right away. The rep said that the website pricing for shipping and dealer prep are only estimates. They've asked the dealers to communicate with them about price increases but most dealers don't take the time to do it so the numbers can be off quite a bit.
Wed May 18, 2022 5:43 pm

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still shopping
Joined: 01 Nov 2021
Posts: 27
Location: LeftCoast usa
 
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still shopping
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Location: LeftCoast usa
Wed May 18, 2022 5:43 pm linkquote
I cannot find the post but in the last three months someone on this fine list commented about buying from Scooter West using both their sales dept and the web store. His comment was that the additional shipping from San Diego to the bay area of CA undercut local prices several hundred dollars.

I'm in a similar situation and find the local dealers gouging on "delivery" and Freight.
Wed May 18, 2022 6:11 pm

Hooked
2020 GTS 300 hpe Touring
Joined: 31 May 2021
Posts: 378
Location: Upstate SC
 
Hooked
2020 GTS 300 hpe Touring
Joined: 31 May 2021
Posts: 378
Location: Upstate SC
Wed May 18, 2022 6:11 pm linkquote
When I was researching buying a Vespa I called the closest dealer and asked him the difference between buying online and buying from the dealership. He told me that if I ordered online, Vespa would just forward the order to him as the closest dealership and he would finalize the sale and deliver the bike.
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