LawnSite Senior Member
Unfortunately many dealers do keep their inventory out in the weather. Since I don't leave my equipment set out in the weather I don't want to buy equipment that has already sat out in the weather for long periods of time. As others have said you may encounter problems buying online and then trying to get the dealer to do service work. Many dealers don't take kindly to servicing equipment bought elsewhere even though they are required to do so if a franchise. I am not sure what to advise you here but if it really bothers you contact the dealer and let him know and ask if he could get a new one that is crated and wrapped for you.