Drat! Why do these things always happen on a Saturday when I'm at work? Good thing they're open on Sundays too. I'll definitely be stopping by to check out the new showroom. It's been kind of dark lately while all the renovations have been going on. BTW, let's give them a big thumbs up for being open on Sunday. Makes sense to be open on the biggest riding days - Saturday and Sunday - and close on the dead Mondays. These guys are on the right track.
there stuff is way over priced anyways !!! that discount brings it back down to reality in terms of pricing. Not to mention, morris is full of **** when he said he would price match if I found it anywhere else in the bay area, and I called, and he said he can;t honor it !! screw ducati marin...after that experience.
Oh, I forgot to mention. as a dealer they screwed over a friend. they issued a title and got the vins messed up with another title . so get this, they demanded my friend (who was out of country) to come down there and drop the title off. They did not even offer gas or anything...100 mile commute for their mistake. Then, the extended warranty no longer applied. Found out that the other owner had his Vin on a title, and had an accident. Thus that accident was reported on my friends Vin. Ducati marin wanted $100 to change the vin for hte extended warranty.....tell me that is not messed up, all for something some a hole at the dealer messed up confusing two VINS.
Check it out Bro. Morris is a good friend of mine, if you feel that he could not match a price. I am sorry. Ducati Marin is there to make a profit and stay in business. They are not giving stuff away. Most of the dealers and shops on this board give a small discount, you should appreciate it.
Second, Joseph who use to run that shop was a major A**HOLE and basically screwed everyone in that shop! Customers were furious and stopped coming to the shop because of him. Lot's of good people left Ducati Marin because of him. The new owners that have taken over are trying to learn the business and bring in good people to build back their reputation.
I think it would be fair to say, that Ducati Marin deserves a second chance.
I've been going to them since they split off from the BMW dealership and opened the new shop. Now, I didn't buy my bike there, but have been getting service, and I've always been happy with the service & parts depts. They've been through 3 service managers, which was a concern, but the latest guy, James, seems like a good guy.
As for prices, I try to spread around my business to keep shops and vendors I like in business. If I pay a few bucks more for stuff at Marin that's OK, because I know when my bike is fried (like it was last weekend) they'll be there to do a quick fix on Saturday. If you build up a relationship with a dealer it'll pay back dividends; if you just go from place to place trying to get the cheapest deal that relationship won't develop and you're on your own. That may work for you, but I prefer to work with people I know and trust.
Ducati of Marin has always been good to me. The new owners need our business to be successful. With their financial success we will gain a better outlet for parts and service. We are really spoiled in the Bay area because we have so many really good bike shops of all brands. I live in Florida in the winter, and you can save some money buying your bike here, but if you want some bar end mirrors, Forget it. They don't know what you're talking about, and they could care less. I'm getting all my accessories for my new Monster from Marin and having them sent here UPS. It's a pleasure to deal with people who know what they're talking about. I wish I could be at the Grand Opening.
I would speak to the owners about it at the Grand Opening. They seem very nice, and open to all ideas. That is one of the reasons I think Marin will turn around. Although I am sad Aaron is gone :'( But, he is working at Scuderia West ;D