Dealer or equipment 1st?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Keeper_of_the_Links, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Keeper_of_the_Links

    Keeper_of_the_Links LawnSite Member
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    In this economy, should my next purchase be strictly on price? Is brand loyalty worth paying more or should I focus on the strongest dealer? What are most important to you when considering a new ZTR, WB, blower, etc, and why? My current Toro dealer doesn’t carry WB and he doesn’t plan to. Should I consider a one-stop dealer and possible volume discount?
     
  2. tigerfan88

    tigerfan88 LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Posts: 82

    Quality and service after the sale are #1 for me when i buy.
     
  3. DirtRider

    DirtRider LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    I just bought a new Toro WB. I drove 2 hours each way because I bought it from a dealer south of me that sold it for almost $2000 less than my local dealer. My local dealer can have the repairs and maintenance.
     
  4. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 780

    It better be priced right, but most important is reliable. If its reliable buy it.. but when you buy it, shop around and get the best price for it.
     
  5. Keeper_of_the_Links

    Keeper_of_the_Links LawnSite Member
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    These were my thoughts too. But the way some guys on here bleed brand loyalty, I thought I'd ask and see.
     
  6. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    It depends how the mechanics are in your area. I bought both of my mowers from different dealers, different brands alltogether, and either dealer will put my machine to front of the line when I bring them in. I got in really good with one mechanic and he takes very good care of me. Only thing about not buying from a close dealer is that you might not get a loaner machine if yours goes down. My guy guarantees a mower if he cant get mine fixed quickly. And the economy is only as bad as you let the news channels tell ya!
     
  7. MOHUSTLER

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,376

    If someone does not buy from me we will still work on his mower. He just wont get a loaner if his is down. And he will go to the normal place in line. If a cutter that is loyal to us comes in he comes first. But we dont have this problem to often. I do what it takes to make the sale. $800 proffit is still better then $0. But I dont give them away either. I cant stay in business if I do.

    Do what you can to stay loyal to your dealer. If he is not willing to work with you on price when you can go down the road, then he is not doing something right, or is just greedy. No one dealer gets a better price then any other. Brand is one thing, if he is looking at a brand we dont sell and is willing to switch over to save a few bucks, then he is more then welcome to. 95% of the cutters know if they are loyal to a dealer they will get thier stuff worked on in a timley manner and I will have my guys bend over backwards and stay late to get them going again.
     
  8. DirtRider

    DirtRider LawnSite Member
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    Thank you! My old man is a contractor and sits down to watch the news every night and I swear all he talks about is how bad everything is right now, and there is no work to be had, blah, blah, blah! I have landed several healthy accounts in the last six months. Economy what?! I say everyday is a great day for making money. I don't care what factors there are, stay positive and good things happen!!!
     
  9. hornett22

    hornett22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 396

    I can fix anything myself but I still go to the dealer to buy.In the long run you will be glad you did as well.
     
  10. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 793

    A good dealer will save you more money than driving an hour or more away!
     

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