We have a Chariot Jr. and have had problems in the past getting parts. Rep said that the parts are available, but after reading other replys on this forum, it still sounds like there are still problems getting parts. As we are considering purchasing another mower, this really makes us wonder whether we should purchase another Great Dane. Part availablity is the same as cash in your pocket in the sense of whether your machine is out working or sitting in the shop waiting for parts. It sure makes a person leary about Great Dane products after reading all the problems all the other Lawn Company's are having getting parts. After talking to our dealership and finding out that they are only required to carry $300 worth of parts on the shelf, this also lets a person know that you'll be waiting on parts. The Great Dane mowers are what their name implies....GREAT MOWERS....but part availability means making it or going broke. A person starts looking at "other" brands after awhile.