View Full Version : demos

09-03-2004, 08:01 PM
how exactly do demos work?

09-03-2004, 08:02 PM
Depends on what you're talking about, machinery, software, what?

09-03-2004, 08:05 PM
like demoing a lawnmower

09-03-2004, 08:08 PM
is it free to demo a mower?

09-03-2004, 08:13 PM
thats what i want to know also

i have no clue

09-03-2004, 08:20 PM
I've never heard of anyone charging to demo a mower. It really depends on the dealer. In one case I was in the salesman offered to let us try out some Marayama Backpack blowers for a week and all he wanted was a simple form filled out. We didn't demo the blowers because we already knew what we wanted but he offered. If they want to make the sale they will do what they need within reason to to get you to become a regular customer. I never demoed a mower, I'd rent a used one first instead so I could get a better feel of what they are like after some good wear and tear.IMO

09-03-2004, 08:23 PM
I have a Hustler/Gravely dealer who lets you demo free. There are a couple of other dealers who offer demo's w/ a fee that is applied to the purchase price if you decide to buy their product. I asked one of the dealers that charges a fee why he did that, he said that it gets rid of the "Tire Kickers".

09-03-2004, 08:24 PM
what kind of fee are we talking?

09-03-2004, 08:27 PM
The dealer wanted $150 to demo his ZTR.

09-03-2004, 09:34 PM
I can see trying to get rid of "the tire kickers", but $150 seems a bit rediculous.
We just demoed 2 72" mowers in the past week and a half, both were free.
Granted they know we own equipment already so there is some "sales" incentive.............

Eric 1
09-03-2004, 09:45 PM
here, they beg you to take there mower out, the more you have it, the more you want it, simple psychology.

09-03-2004, 10:09 PM
I was thinking If a dealer charged me for a demo that would be one heck of a turn off and I would be out the door

09-03-2004, 10:51 PM
Hmm.. I could see if a manufacturer allowed it, a "demo deposit" where you'd have to deposit like a certain small percentage of the mower price that you are wanting to demo. Some of you guys, I'm sorry, you take out a demo and flat out beat the crap out of it, sometimes it seems on purpose. What do you think that leaves us for the next person?

09-04-2004, 01:00 PM
My local Toro/Bobcat Dealer has demos from each manufacturer and wouldn't think of charging for them. What Eric1 said applies. Kinda' like a car dealer letting you take a car home overnight. They know chances are better than not you're gonna' buy it. I guess they trust their judgement to eliminate as many tire-kickers as possible.

09-04-2004, 02:37 PM
The Toro and Exmark dealers here that I deal with will not only let us demo any mower we wish but the Toro guy will even deliver it to the job site for us if we wish. The only thing I would say is be respectful of that and don't demo a dealers mowers unless you are REALLY ready and able to buy it if you like it.

yard sloth
09-04-2004, 05:11 PM
if you decide you like the demo and want to buy one, do you get a brand new mower or the one you demo'd?

09-04-2004, 05:41 PM
Just like taking a car out for a test drive.

09-05-2004, 10:59 PM
i charge to demo mowers i have to i have had to many people come into my
dealership with the intention of useing one to cut a big field that should be bushoged or something like that and never even think abought buying one
i have had them come back with no gas,mud caked up under the gas tanks
bent blades. well you get the idea.look guys if you dont want to run your mower through it then i dont want mine run through it.
this is a classic case of a few bad apples spoil the barrel and i know this but there is nothing i can do.