IF I may ask, WHY in the World did You buy them from a dealership IF You knew or once you saw<> you were going to get Hosed?
I'm just wondering is all, I know there is some cool dealerships out there but NOT Many. I have also dealt with one ONCE, when I was treated
like a dirtbag or I was being a Bother just because I was even there looking to buy parts.
I smiled (trying not to Blow UP) and walked out NEVER
to return to that "Parts counter" again!
The Place I deal with whenever I need or want OE parts, they are a Inter-net business that just also happens to be a Dealership<>as well.
= it's a Great Place to buy OEM parts!
When you need parts for a trackday, you NEED parts for a trackday. All told for all the O-rings, seals, and bushings it was something close to $100. I just ordered pretty much every single thing in there that I might need, as I didn't have time to order parts a second time once the forks were apart. All in all, just poor planning on my part with trying to get a bike together in less than a week when it hadn't been down the road in over six months and was in pieces.
Depending on the price of the item and if it makes sense to pay a better price, then add shipping for online vs. a more expensive price, no shipping, but add sales tax for local. I like to shop online, but I usually try to buy as much as possible at once if I can wait on the items, as most online places charge a flat shipping fee as long as you aren't ordering anything over-sized. For instance, I have a second set of calipers for the RC that need rebuilding, but I am waiting to see what parts I need for my other bike (ninja 250) that I am rebuilding. That way I can buy it all at once and only pay for shipping once.
Yeah, it is odd sometimes how different dealers are. This was actually a decent place. I only bought them there as I knew they could have them in less than a week. They are always good about getting parts in on time. The online OEM parts dealers I've seen are usually just regular dealers that drop their prices in order to drum up more business from online sales. It seems like most of them do the same thing your local dealer does, order the parts from Honda, get them from the warehouse, and ship them out to you. That is why the online places will take longer to get there if it is an item they don't have in stock. It gets shipped twice. The odd thing about local dealers is that their pricing seems to be all over the map. Some items are right at msrp, some lower, some higher. I still haven't seen a local dealer with a better deal than online though.
I have had several bad experiences with dealers over the years. The local Honda dealer when I first moved to Texas tried to sell me tires and brake pads to pass a safety inspection, and wouldn't do it without riding the bike. It was all just a bunch of bullshit. The tires lasted thousands more miles along with the brake pads. And since then, there hasn't been another man's ass on the seat of my bike, and nobody has turned a wrench on it beside me (since I bought it with 3100 miles anyways.) I did have one dealer put new tires on once, I brought them the wheels though. They still managed to put some small marks on them. Enough to make me vow to never let anyone even put tires on my bike.
I also had an issue the last time I tried to buy a new bike (when I bought the RC). I was shopping for an R1 and went into a dealer with $10k in cash in my pocket ready to spend. It took about 20 minutes to finally get someone's attention on the sales floor, and that was the cute chick in the apparel section (maybe she saw the bulge in my pants?). I even made direct eye contact with the sales guy, to the point of staring at him with a "wtf?" look on my face. Nothing. Haven't been back their since. About the same thing happened at another dealer, but after I got their attention, the sales guys heard the words "I have cash" and seemed put off by it and pawned me off on some kid in sales that looked like he just got his driver's license. Didn't buy shit their either. The funny part is that the first dealership is now struggling and has had to shut down their second store in the area, and the first dealership has gone out of business.