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Can you bargain for a $7000 mower? or you pay msrp?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    Im looking highly now at the Ferris 1000z 27hp kohler engine 61" deck mower. The local dealer wants $6999. I WANT a ROPS kit (Roll Bars) standard on some brands like JD ...and Roller Striping kit on it too, which will be what another $300-400? Tax is $420 in NJ. Im close to 8k then.

    I have a little over 1k to put down on the mower and 6k on the financing options available for this mower for the 24mo same as cash financing. I CANT find an MSRP for these mowers. Anyone familiar with Ferris or any high end Scag brand in general? How much can you come down off what a dealer is asking for a mower? Something thats $6999 im not about to spend $6999 on. They quote that they are usually $7,299 but theres a $300 rebate already applied. If the ROPS kit is installed immediately costing say $200 them im already up to $7,600 after tax.

    Is it a chance theyll take $7,200 with tax and putting the ROPS kit on it? If i get it close to 7k ill order it today. They also HAVE these in stock so end of the season theyre just getting rid of whats left id assume, only 4 more days for 0% financing for 24months so i know they want the sale.
  2. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 383

    They get the mower normally 30% - 33% below retail. At the very least they get it 25% below retail. You tell me if there is room?
  3. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    dmc, i wish i knew retail. so possibly if retail is $7,299 and then $300 rebate. If they knock off 10% of the sale thats $700... If they make say minimum 15% on the mower, is that good? I think im happy with that, seems these places dont want to take off $50. My snowblowers retail for $2200ish and i get them for $2060 out the door with 6% sales tax included.
  4. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    ok ive found online, the Ferris ROPS kit is $617!! damn! anyway, it looks liek the Ferris IS3000z 25hp/61" SUSPENSION mower is $7,030 a company bought one in Kansas for, im not paying $7k for the lower 1000z model non suspension then lol, im more confused now :(
  5. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    My experience is just like everything else. The guy that moves the most units and has themm in stock sells them the cheapest.

    Its like Wally World unfortunately but I cant find a smaller local shop that gives me as good a deal as a large dealer 2 hours away in a different state!

    So....thats where I go.
  6. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    I found out retail is $7,499. ALL 3 somewhat local places say the units normally $7,299 and $300 rebate lol. So 3 places sell the 1000z model for $6,999 as their SALE price. if you take minimum 25% off the sticker of $7,499 assuming the dealer gets 25% off from the factory, then they get the $7,499 mower new for $5,624. Would they not install the ROPS kit that is a $600 option for $7000?
  7. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    This dealer is already being a pita, they seem really against getting a roll over kit on this thing, its only 3-4 bars installed over the driver behind your head.

    They ask me stuff like who has flipped one and why do you need that lol. Other brands come with this standard, theyre saying Ferris cost for a ROPS is $799! Im close to just going to the simplicity dealer and ordering what i was looking at in the first place at this point, its getting way too expensive for what i thought was this awesome machine for a good price.
  8. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    the ONLY dealer in Deleware, no sales tax, was also $6,995. I cant get over the roll over kit bars are another $700! Ill be upto over $8k for this thing before im done. i dont have 2k to put down :( Dont the Scags come with roll bars too? i mean leaving off a $700 option that JD and scag have puts the mower in a "not so great value" range :realmad:
  9. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    I just bought a JD 757 for 7400. Im waiting for the three bag unit to come in from Deere but that brings the total up to 9K

    Not a killer deal but thats the price.

    Deeres come with the roll bars standard.
  10. stryper

    stryper LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 132

    Interesting...does the same markup apply across the board, say to "lesser" model Z's and w/b's?

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