Harley Dealerships :(

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Michael15956, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Michael15956

    Michael15956 Member

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    Rebuilding 2005 Roadking. Called local dealership and advised that I needed one quart of black pearl paint. Sure, $183 plus tax! So instead of exploding, I keep cool and asked for the paint code, please. Well, you would have thought I asked for all his blood! Long story, short, I hung up the phone. Found a local paint/part shop and they help me with the paint code, price $83 for the same quart of paint! I don't mind paying a reasonable about of money for a product, but $100.00 more for the same product? Same maker of the paint, Dupont, but the harley dealer wanted $100 more!

    Americans ripping off other Americans! No wonder why we can't complete with other markets. Greed.

    Well, guess you can say I won't be a regular customer at my local friendly harley dealership!
     
  2. robermv32

    robermv32 Active Member

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    I wonder what HARLEY DAVIDSON headquarters would do if this kind of information was sent to them. It would be an eye-opener for some I would think. I mean if you continue to "over-price" everything and just think the American buying public will just take it, Harley might end up like the big three....asking for bailouts and not having a clue what happened to their loyal following.
     
  3. 03classic

    03classic Junior Member

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    if you feel that strongly about it you can contact corporate customer service at (414)343-4056 and let them know how you feel.
     
  4. Michael15956

    Michael15956 Member

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    Well, I did contact a total of four dealerships. Two out of state and two in state. All quoted the same price, $183 a quart. I now believe that this price is set by the corporation.
     
  5. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    Pearl Paint is expensive, and I think its a layered application. Is it possible that maybe your local paint store sold you a cheap knock off. I know a couple of years ago I bought half a pint of "hot Rod Pearl Yellow" (for my Honda Shadow) and it was about a $100 bucks. That was from the paint store not a dealer.
     
  6. dlao

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    In 1982 Harley Davidson begged for and received a federal bailout. [TIME economy & business December 13 1982]
     
  7. fevest

    fevest Member

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    Well all I can say on this is that I had a pearl white car. It needed some paint work on the hood. The paint shop told me that pearl was a four step paint process. That is four different paint layers of different paints. That could be why it was so expensive.