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Can't Demo!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by precisioncut, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I'm on the verge of buying my first walk behind or ztr and I went to a couple local dealers and one told me I can't even start it up til I buy it! Is that weird or is this common practice? The other dealer let me drive and use the Scag Cougar and Walker Model T. Do some dealers let you take the mower to use for your own lawns to demo? I would like to try as much as I can before I commmit.:dizzy:
  2. Mark P

    Mark P LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    :) A good dealer will bring one to you in the field or at your house or shop if you set a date, My dealer droped off a new 04 Toro EFI with 0hrs and let me demo it for 3 days, But ive bought alot of equipment from him over the yrs...Id never buy anything from such a dealer.......Demo, Demo, Demo, untill you find the machine your looking for, A nice Z will cost you around 10K so a verygood dealer is one of the most important thing's in your business....Marks Mowing Service
  3. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    That's exactly what I want to do, take a walk behind out for a spin on my or customers yard. Do you think that maybe it's because I haven't done business with him before or because my business is new?
  4. husqvarna600c

    husqvarna600c LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    well if you do buy from the dealer who won't let you start it at least you know its new when you get it.
  5. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I had the same prob' I ALMOST had to commit to buying the machine to get a demo. I was 99% sure of what I wanted so it wasn't a big deal. The dealers around here don't even stock commercial equip' so the have to order stuff in and if it get's used in a demo and not sold then they are stuck. I don't know why the manufacureers don't allow them demo machines to show off their product.
    Ask the dealer If he whould buy a car without starting it or driveing it on the road..
    When I worket in retail, some people wouldn't even buy a stereo unless we took it out of the box and made sure everything worked. The dispaly model wasn't good enough.
  6. Ron Greenwood Jr

    Ron Greenwood Jr LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 78

    I still can't believe dealers do this how many people really want to drop thousands of dollars on somthing before they try it. They act like they are losing money.
  7. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    If your dealer CANT, and honestly they cant DEMO every unit, as they can no longer be sold as NEW when there are a few hours on them, or grass under the deck, then he can call his DISTRIBUTOR and THEY always have demos available.
  8. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    There are several possibilities as to way a dealer may not be able to let you demo a unit.
    Right now, I'd step back and think about which dealer you want to deal with in the future.
  9. mowdini

    mowdini LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    Just a reminder to everyone--How long does that "demo" last when you buy a new car. I think it's called going around the block.
  10. jasonlong

    jasonlong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Schedule a demo through the regional distributor. Then buy the machine from the dealer of choice. If you buy from a different dealer make sure to go by your original dealers business and buy a quart of oil and let him see your new ride. Then he will know you were serious.

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