ASK Power Sports, Columbus Ohio 8-2-2018
I was looking to purchase a 2018 Raptor 700 base model (gray) I had emailed them early in the week asking about availability and they had 1 in stock. I called them the day before I was coming in and they said they just sold it, but they have the 700R and 700R SE in stock. I expressed how I really didn't like the blue color and the base 700 was more of the price range I wanted to be at. So they said well since you had emailed us and planned to get the 700 and we sold it before you could get here then I will sell you the 700R SE so it won't be blue, for the same price as the base 700
So I made the hour long trip to get there and I only saw the blue one, and my salesperson Joby remembers talking to me on the phone and informed me that it's in the warehouse and that he will have them bring it over but wanted to check to see if i'm qualified for financing first. He kept his word about selling it to me for the same price and I was approved. So I had to wait for 2 hours for it to get here from the warehouse, during that time we talked, shared stories, etc. He is a really good guy to get along with, very easy going and laid back with lots of knowledge as he has been racing motocross since he was 7 and has started his daughter at the age of 7 as well.
I had to find a uhaul place so that I could rent a trailer to bring it home (I waited in case there were any problems with the delivery or financing) Google maps led me to some convience store the first one it had pulled up, so we had to scrable to find another location. So we find another one and well thats a whole other story, short version is to start the guy a the counter was too busy flirting with the chick that could easy be mistaken for jabba the hut, EVERYONE was so high there they had no idea what trailers they had, I had to find it myself, and then they kept screwing up the paperwork, at first the charge was going to be $24, then he had to go back and change the destination because he assumed I was using it in columbus....figured my address would have prompted him to ask that, so he started all over and the charge went to $68, and he became confused why the price changed. It was now 4:45 (I got there at 4) and ASK power sports closes at 5, the guy at uhaul tells me he needs to find his manager to see why the price is so high now (not as high as him) I said dude I don't give a fuck, i'll pay the extra amount but I need to go and I can't keep wasting time while you try to figure out which was is up. So he radios the guy to hook up the trailer, the guy on the radio was equally if not more high than him and couldn't find the trailer that we just found, and said it doesn't exist. I said to tell him it's the one with the big dodge ram backed up to it! It's about 4:55 at this point so I can Joby and tell him whats going on, and that i'm about 5 miles away, he had no problem waiting for me and I arrived back around 5:10.
Once I got back they had closed up but were still waiting for me outside, and walked me into the service garage and out back where I could inspect the bike, and a service tech took his time to explain maintenance, functions, had me sign off paperwork, etc. despite it being past 5. The service tech (forget his name) helped us strap it down, and was equally as cool and laid back as Joby and talked to us and bullshitted around for about 30min. telling us stories and about his recent "battle wounds".
One thing to note is that this is my 3rd Raptor, my first Raptor 660R was purchased from them back in 2003 I believe, which is why I went back to them for my 3rd even though I no longer lived in Columbus. The place I purchased my 2nd Raptor from was locally but they had went out of business.....but between the 2 I would rather go to ASK instead, because all of their staff is great.
My only complaint there would be the pop machine was out of order (but Joby managed to find me a Mt. Dew from somewhere lol) They didn't keep many quads (approx.
or comp. dirt bikes (approx. 6) in stock there but they could get whatever we wanted in a few hours from their other stores or warehouse i'm told, and that they didn't have too big of a selection of helmets, goggles, etc. So we visited Iron Pony for that stuff.
Overall Grade = A-