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Old 04-15-2014, 07:13 PM   #1
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I love getting deals. It's not even that I can't afford paying regular prices, but I really enjoy when I get deals.

This spring I was planning on getting KYB STR.T shocks/struts for my 330 vert. KONI has their spring special on until end of May, so I felt good to be able to get 25% off.

Out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago, I end up getting NIB H&R sport springs from a member here for $160 shipped, savings of $85 (35%).

So as I am about to place my order for the KONIs, I was just looking through my local classifieds and bam! Some guy received the wrong shocks for his 1999 E36 convertible, a cross over year, and had the KONIs for sell NIB as well. I paid $320 CDN for them, a savings an additional $50 from the KONI sale, if I purchased them in the US and had I drove down to get them, but a savings of an additional $170 (35%) if I purchased them locally!

All in all, some great purchases these last 2 weeks!!!

On top of all that, last night I saved about $800+ on tires & brakes for my 2011 Subaru Legacy ordering in the US vs Canada.

I won't get into the details how much I saved when I bought my 2 Subarus from the US, but it was around $18K. We still get raped on pricing here in Canada
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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So what you're saying is you saved $50 to give up the Koni lifetime warranty?
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:39 PM   #4
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No. I saved $50 US, plus my travel time and expenses to go to the US and get them. If I don't go away for 48 hours or more, thus incurring hotel expenses, I would also need to pay taxes and duties totalling another $85 CDN. So I saved around $140 in total cash, plus the effort required buying in the US and living in Canada. If I bought locally, I would have paid around $490 CDN, so I saved $170 from a local purchase.

Considering that is anywhere from 30%-35%, its worth giving up on the warranty IMO. Would you pay an additional 35% of a purchase price for a warranty?

Plus I might drop KONI a line and ask about transferring the warranty, since these are brand new in the box. Maybe I'll get lucky.
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No. I saved $50 US, plus my travel time and expenses to go to the US and get them. If I don't go away for 48 hours or more, thus incurring hotel expenses, I would also need to pay taxes and duties totalling another $85 CDN. So I saved around $140 in total cash, plus the effort required buying in the US and living in Canada. If I bought locally, I would have paid around $490 CDN, so I saved $170 from a local purchase.

Considering that is anywhere from 30%-35%, its worth giving up on the warranty IMO. Would you pay an additional 35% of a purchase price for a warranty?

Plus I might drop KONI a line and ask about transferring the warranty, since these are brand new in the box. Maybe I'll get lucky.
I guess I didn't read into detail and misunderstood what you were saying. When one shock costs about $130 to rebuild I'd say its probably worth the premium though. I actually bought my XI shocks similarly except the seller gave me the original receipt so I can still use the warranty.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:57 PM   #6
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except the seller gave me the original receipt so I can still use the warranty
From what I read on KONIs site, the warranty only applies to the original retail purchaser, so if there is a name other than yours on the receipt, you might not have the warrarty.

I emailed KONI North America and explained the my situation, I'll see what they come back with.
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