Have my heart set on a shiney new pair of Teknic Violator waterproof booties. Can be had in the States for around 240ish. Up here 399.00 in the MotoVan cat.
I agree, it's a little harder for our retailers to justify the higher costs here with the dollar parody ( or close). Hopefully it'll send a message but I doubt it. I don't mind paying a bit more for stuff up here but C'MON!I just ordered the Olympia Airglide 2 Mesh pants from Amotostuff. Great price in the US-$180. Then I paid $26 shipping and $66 duty/taxes so that pretty much negated any real savings. A few months ago I prdered the AST jacket and paid no duty, only taxes and saved about $100 compared to local cost. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose.
I asked a dealer in ottawa why his AST jacket is $100 more than Amotostuff and he said he has to pay 18% textile duty +shipping +PST/GST. I guess it makes sense from that perspective. Still it may make sense to order from the US and hope customs doesn't open it and charge you the 18% duty on top of taxes and the "handling fee".
But you are right, there is a lot of gouging going on when you compare the US and Can dollar. There is no way that 240 US becomes 399 Cdn even with duty and taxes. Time to shop around
How did you handle importing, plates, etc.? What did you pay at the border for duty?I bought a new 2006 DL650 that the dealer in Minnesota had installed Givi side and top cases with a new tall windshield and only paid $7,100. On top of that they gave me $4,500 for my 2007 KLR that had 6,000 miles on it. No Canadian dealer could touch that.
Importing was easy just bring it across and pay for the I.R.V. program ($210). then paid the GST and PST the same as Canada and I didn't pay any state tax. Then phone Suzuki Corporate in the US to get the recall letter and have it inspected then register. You don't pay anything for the inspection, it cover when you pay you $210 tax grab.How did you handle importing, plates, etc.? What did you pay at the border for duty?
Well, relax, and have another glass!//Looking into my crystal beer mug.
US retails will rise!
Almost nothing is made in the US anymore, we know that.//
I hope the E7 countries continue to pressure the Chines to float their currency. If we get the world on a level playing field, it's going to be good for everyone. And Canadian visits to Boston are up more than 50% - welcome!Last year's landmark labor deals and the weak dollar are breathing new life into U.S. auto plants, leading Detroit's auto makers to plan sizable exports of U.S.-made vehicles to markets around the world.
General Motors Corp. is looking to export U.S.-made vehicles to Europe as well as to China and Latin American markets such as Brazil, company executives confirmed. Chrysler LLC, primarily spurred by exchange rates, has already started shifting production from Europe to the U.S. to take advantage of lower costs and available plant capacity. Ford Motor Co. is considering ramping up exports if it can bring labor costs down, people familiar with the matter said.....
What you seem to be saying is, "Oh, we were price fixing, but we're not doing it anymore because we got caught." There's a way to protect the Canadian dealers against their devalued inventory: it's called a rebate.
I asked my dealer why the 650 was still $8999 this year considering the value of the dollar. He said Suzuki's solution was to give you the ABS for free and call it even. It looks like we're still paying a lot more than we should. Then again, I'm guessing a lot of the American riders would pay a good premium to get an ABS bike. There are no winners this year. They can't get ABS and we pay too much for it. I doub't that change is coming any time soon.Jonathan - You seem to be connected into the pricing structure for our favourite pastime. Maybe you could answer us a couple of questions.
It's well into 2008 - how come Suzuki's MSRP for an 08650ABS is CDN$8,999 here and US$7,199 across the border? There's no duty on motorcycles or parts coming into Canada from Most Favoured Nation countries (which includes Japan and just about every industrialized country in the world). How much more do our motorcycle dealers have to pay for a 2008 650 V-Strom, compared to their US counterparts?
Second question - The US$ is an unavoidable benchmark for the CDN$. If the Canadian dealers are in fact paying $1,800 more per V-Strom than their US counterparts, and seeing as the US economy has been predictably sliding for more than a year, why should I buy from these local dealers? Clearly they weren't doing a very good job looking out for my best interests when they were negotiating their prices, why should I look out for their interests now?
Again, I am not sure on the duties for units but some accessories imported from Overseas into Canada can have duties as high as +13% duty that the USA dosnt have.There's no duty on motorcycles or parts coming into Canada from Most Favoured Nation countries (which includes Japan and just about every industrialized country in the world).