Dealer Turned Bad

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TRex, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. TRex

    TRex LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW ,TX
    Messages: 487

    I dropped my wife and sister who is in town of at the mall and started off to the dealer I have been dealing with and who seemed to give me great service. They spent 20 minutes with me figuring what blades would work best for last fall. I walked in with plans to walk out with a new set of Kawasaki hand helds, well when I walked in everything seemed a little different. There were no more Exmarks and no more commercial Toro ( just home owner crap). They had a few Husky commercial mowers. They were loaded up with Encore and Country Clipper.

    I started looking at they kawas any ways then a couple of wannabe salesmen walked up, my salesman was nowhere to be found. These guys dressed in T-shirts with dealers name on them clashed with on another on every word they spoke. They're appearance was that of a shade-tree mechanic hillbilly from the dukes of hazard.

    I left in a hurry and did not look back, and now I need to find a dealer somewhat close to me. The main reason I started with this dealer was because of the service they originally gave me. Even though I had to drive 40 minutes to get there.

    I am not sure if I should go ahead and buy the equipment or switch to a brand I do not want to regret getting either way.

    Has anyone had similar problems with a dealer.
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Is the dealership still owned by the same people? Sounds to me like there has been a change of command. Hope things work out for, I would be bummin' big time.
  3. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    I HATE my dealer but they are the only game in town. On another thread someone said you dont have to be friends with them, decide what you want before you go in then go in and order it. Its too bad cause I like to talk shop but they are really rude and snotty. (Almost as if they KNOW they are the only true pro place in our town of 80k)

    In thier defence they let me return and exchange if I dont like something even if there is no defect. No real service probs just not likeable or helpful or nice. My alternatve is a big city 1.5 hrs away.
  4. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,032

    Did you ask if your salesman still works there? Maybe he just wasnt in. Call the place and ask to talk to him. If they have changed managment and you are unhappy, I would find a new dealer. If they lose enough business they will straighten up their act real quick.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    sounds like a change in hands to me
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,721

    Where are you located in the Metroplex.?Maybe I can help by recommending another dealer. Also, what is the name of the dealer who went bad. I don't want to waste time checking him out
    if I am out and about shopping.:)
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Chances are they were required to invest in a "floor plan" of equipment that they couldn't afford or didn't really want to stock. X-mark and Toro probably pulled their equipment and released them from being a dealer ship for that brand. I belive most brands have floor plans that require dealers to buy X-amount of different types of mowers for show. The overhead is way too high for the smaller dealers. Husqvarna set up a bunch of small dealers back in the early 90's. Then around 1995 they required thoes dealers to carry a huge investment of mixed equipment, even models that they had no chance of selling, or they were dropped as dealers. There were deals every where around here for Husky equipment because the small dealers were dumping the Husky brand because they knew that they were going to loose their Husky dealership.

  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Yea i hate my local dealer too, wish i had never bought my mower from them. But i do not mind driving the hour and 15 min. to my new dealer. They are a complete opposite from one another.
  9. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    I drive 20 miles one way to my (mom & pop) Exmark dealer. I could drive 5 miles to the MEGA Farm/Fleet store that also handles Exmark. It is a whole lot more pleasant doing business with the smaller store. They know me (and most if not all of their "regulars") by name, know my kids names, etc. At the MEGA store they might bother to know me if I bought a couple of $200k combines or a fleet of 20 Exmarks. :(

  10. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    it takes alot to make some dealers notice you. i have been forunate with mine, besides that fact that im the only person under 30 whose ever in their, all it took was 1 $250.00 echo purchase 3 years ago to be greeted by name and treated with respect every time i walk in.

    this is how it should be, i dont want to be hassled with a salesman trying to cram some POS down my throat so he can collect commision or be given a cold shoulder because im not giving the $60,000.00+ per year.

    each customer is just as valuable as the next, they should be treated so.

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