Re: Can you bargain on price with atv dealers?
Good luck making an offer on sport bikes, especially the 400EX or the Raptor. I don't know how they sell in Nebraska, but they can't keep them on the floor in Florida. You might be able to negotiate for the "new" 2000 Tecate sitting on my local dealer's floor.
I took a trip to South Carolina and saved myself around $500 in setup and sales tax. If you have a trade, that may be another issue. If you buy one of the new 5 valve four strokes, try to negotiate a free "initial servicing" (the first valve adjustment). That could save you 2 hours of service charges.
There seems to be some kind of code throughout the dealerships that they won't budge on the MSRP. Maybe it's part of the franchising agreement with the manufacturers. I know Harley Davidson does this to their dealerships. The clue is in the fact that you cannot purchase an ATV or a Harley new over the internet.
The trader-online has a ton of used 400's and Raptors. I've seen a barely used (yeah right) 2002 Raptor two weeks ago for $4500, but it was a 2500 miles from me.