Mower price negotiation

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by South Florida Lawns, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    Tomorrow I'm gonna go look at a Stander, and I was wondering if you can get a dealer to come down in price like when buying a car? When I bought my toro z master all I really did was call around to find the best price. I was kinda dumb going in to it back then. I know you can haggle on ATVs's, dirt bikes and cars but what about lawn equipment?
     
  2. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i think theres a little room for haggling
     
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I wish I knew how to haggle! Every time I try to offer a lower price they just give me the poker face look and tell me they can't do it. I never even get much of a break on used equipment.
     
  4. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How bad do you need/want it? Don't buy until we here the numbers, someone on LS may have worked a better deal. :nono:
     
  5. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,059

    Don't look so excited when your looking a machine:clapping:
    Act like your considering a couple of other machines.
    Mention the crappy economy
    Check other dealers prices....even if they're not in your area. Use the price to negotiate.
     
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    Yeah I kinda know how to haggle a little bit now, ya know let them hear that you have many options open, i.e. brands and other dealers. But still I just aint firm enough at the end. But now I'm gonna try the walk out the door method when they don't give me the price I want.

    I'll get some prices together for you guys, but I really want to hear from the FL boys cuz the rest of the countries prices are all out of wack.
     
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    When you go to buy the equipment find out how much it is before you go. Once you find out bring cash, have a little less than what they are asking for it. When you talk to the dealer while purchasing and he says the price, you can then say that you can only go as high as $X and make sure to mention that you will pay in cash. It has worked for me in the past. Usually they will go down a couple hundred dollars if they do.
     
  8. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    there really wasnt much room at the beginning of the season when we bought a new one they are more or less prices like when buying trimmers or blowers
     
  9. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    ive always been blessed w/ dealers that will negotiate. make a ridiculous low offer and work to the middle. i buy almost all used though, but you still ought to be able to get some $$$ off.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    I even suspect a dealer allows for haggling and I'm going elsewhere, and
    thanks for making me think I was getting a good deal, but no thanks.
     

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