I'm a new rider and recently completed lessons at a local riding school. I went out to a dealership yesterday to sit on a few bikes to get a feel for each model. I was pretty set on buying a used Suzuki SV but wanted to check out the different models out there.
A sales guy approached me and asked if he could help me. I told him I was looking at a specific model. He said they didn't have it but could order it in for me. In the mean time, he said I could test ride another Suzuki similar in power (cc's). I told him I was a new rider (not yet licensed, only learners permit), but was shopping around for bikes. He asked for all my details plus asked me to sign a contract citing I'd pay for all damages if incurred, prior to the ride.
So I took it out for a spin, and it was a sweet ride. Handling was so smooth. I had only ridden the Ninja 250s before this and fell in love with the bigger bike.
But I made a really stupid mistake. I had already turned off the bike in the parking lot, I accidentally dropped it. The bike toppled over onto my left side, with me under it. Needless to say I was humiliated and scared of the $$$ I'd have to pay. But because I signed that piece of paper (saying I'd pay for damages or a $1000 deductible, whichever is lesser), and there was no turning back now.
The thing that irks me the most is not that I have to pay $1000 (no one to blame but myself) -- but that none of them in that shop cared to ask if I was okay. They basically shoved a bill in my face and said 'you owe us $9xx OR you can buy it and fix it yourself!' I preferred paying $9xx over $9xxx to buy a damaged bike. Mind you it was ALL cosmetic (knicks here and there) but every part meant they could buy a NEW part to import and replace. I don't know if they were milking it for all they could get cuz I was 1) total beginner; 2) lone female; 3) both... but I definitely felt they were going to profit from this as much as possible.
I made a costly mistake and it may mean holding off on buying a bike until next year. Please save the "You really should have... xyz" remarks, I realize I made a stupid mistake. But no one told me I shouldn't be test riding. Only makes sense to start thinking about buying a bike since I had my learners permit. But who would have thought...
The sales guy decided to phone me back at end of the day and told me his Manager said they were not going WAIT for the parts to be imported in or the bike to be fixed... before charging me $1000 to my C/C right away. They said they would refund me the difference when it's all repaired (YEAH right). I definitely feel jipped now. And there was nowhere on that form did it say they would take a grand right away.
Is there anything I can do? Should I go back and take pix of all the damages? Get a copy of the repair quote, contract and everything? Part of me doesn't want to have to deal with this sh*t anymore. But I may go back just to get a record of everything, including pictures, in case I decide to seek legal counsel. Of course I'm already embarassed, but I definitely don't want to be taken a ride even more. But if I step foot in there I may have to sign even more...