Dealer or equipment 1st?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Keeper_of_the_Links, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I'd choose a good dealer. A good dealer will save you money in the long run. Even if they are priced a little higher in the first place, it will pay off during the time you own the mower.
  2. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    I don't know ZTRs type of real expensive stuff. For small equipments, I go for the price more than anything else. I had serious issue with my dealer. If you have a very good dealer THAT actually honor warranty, it's worth staying with them. But if they have a pattern of giving you lame excuses and not cover the warranty, go for the big box or online for better price. For small equipments, I would say buy the same model or models with same engines so you can keep old ones for parts. Hack it is not that hard to fix!!! Just keep a spare carb, a coil, plugs, filters etc. You can pretty much swarp and fix the problem.

    Brand loyalty??!! That is up to you, everyone have their favorite brand and people get really really emmotion here!!!:laugh:. At the end of the day, you hear people having good things to say about each brand AND as many as people cursing that same brand!!!
  3. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 450

    a good dealer that you can trust is the most important, if you can stay brand loyal and find a one stop dealer then thats great
  4. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Deals seem to be far away, but I don't mind paying a couple hundred more if you like the dealer. But like said above, 2k lower and Im driving. Everyone seems to be giving incentives such as freebees to buy stuff at retail. My Stihl dealer gives away a bunch of little stuff with trimmer and blower purchases.
  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    personally i'll go with brand loyalty first. but thats because i can because the dealers for the brand i want are close by. if i had to truck over an hour to get my equipment brand worked on vs. a different brand a dealer 5 min. away carries i'd choose the dealer.
  6. jmullins6987

    jmullins6987 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    In times like to today my customers are only about price. Its said to say but now a days the lowest price prevails!
  7. hornett22

    hornett22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    that's the story everywhere.My lawn customers are a lot better than the tree amazes me how someone cares more about $100 than they do about how qualified the guys taking down the 100 foot tree over their house.

    mind boggling.
  8. scotlykins

    scotlykins LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    We do the majority of our work, (outside of warranty). We mainly use our dealers for parts. I will always ask for a quote from different dealers and will try and buy local if they are within a hundred dollars or so.

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