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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by trooper8870, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. trooper8870

    trooper8870 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    Have any of you guys had issues with dealers not wanting to trade for your used equipment. I have been trying to trade for 2 new mowers and accessories for over a month now and no one will make offer on my equipment. And one of the dealers sales what I am trying to trade in.
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,125

    This time of year many dealers are a lot more reluctant to take a trade in that they will most likely have to sit on and store for the winter. Springtime is always the best time for trading in from a making out well standpoint for you, and a willingness to accept them from the dealer.

    Plus, most dealers want as small an inventory as possible to have to account for, especially for tax time.
  3. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    I've never had a dealer show any enthusiasm about trading. The best that I've seen is a local Bad Boy/Grasshopper/Gravely dealer that actively helps you sell your used equipment online. He does it in good faith and tries to get all he can for you.

    This approach seems to minimize the competition that used equipment might offer toward his new inventory, and at the same time makes his customers feel better about buying his new stock.

    Before this guy, it seemed that every dealer I ever tried to deal with, would simply make a really lowball offer in an effort to appear cooperative, but he really didn't want to fool with the used equipment.

    My $0.02,
  4. johnnyb01

    johnnyb01 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    friend of mine runs kubota diesel ZTRs and he trades every 3-4 years, he will let the dealer he has always dealt with know he will be trading in a few weeks and more often than not, they will have it resold before he even brings it in, his mowers normally never make it to the floor. think he gets back about half of what he has in them, dont know if its that good or not...it would be tempting to keep the last one as a spare/second mower, and trade in the one that was 7-8 yo every few years
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  5. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 159

    This is very true!
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    Why in the world would a dealer want to take a trade in? :hammerhead:
    Think about it! Plenty of places to get rid of junkers. Sell it to somebody in your area so he can undercut you.
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,990

    List it here on LS.
  8. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 846

    Our walker dealer takes trade in but we have always sold out right. You get more money for selling your self
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  9. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,064

    Retrodog just gave me top dollar trade for my Scag TT a month ago, and he turned it in 2 days. If that is who you are referring to. He takes trades as long as it is something he knows will move. As the other poster mentioned I normally would sell myself just don't have the time right now to mess with it.
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    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  10. WayneJessie

    WayneJessie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    Most commercial equipment has been beat to pieces by the the time it is traded. No way for a dealer to try to fix all that is wrong and make a profit. Plus. if he sells the used stuff to a good customer and it turns out to be a lemon it's his good name on the line. One of my local dealers will trade if it's a low hour piece and it checks out OK. Even those he will not offer top dollar on.

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