Financing a mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TopQualityLawnCare, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
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    :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead: C'mon pay attention to the post and read all the way through. How many times does he have to say it?
  2. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Company owns it have a mini as my personal car. Although it gets about 1000 miles a year on it haha
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  3. TopQualityLawnCare

    TopQualityLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Look at the link I posted a few posts bacck is this a good buy for the mower he wants 2000
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  4. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    my problem with buying used is i am not to terribly great at fixing my own stuff. I have an older exmark i bought 8 weeks ago, i test ran it and it ran fine, i got it home it ran good, cut good... but i noticed on hills it was cutting out a bit, so i took it to the shop.. 1 month later and a 225 dollar repair bill, (picked it up yesterday) and i now have a $1000 piece of scrap metal in my garage that will not start.. lol. I am slowly learning how to fix things on my own, i'm better with tinkering with the 2 cycle stuff, but when it comes to mower engine, not to comfortable just yet.

    So.. i've already spent $1225 and i still gotta get this thing running because i got yards to cut next month... totally wishing i would have put 2k down on a new mower now. i could still buy one cash or finance, but i'm to cheap for that now.. i need some financial cushion in case i have a bad first year. looks like i'm gonna be push mowing with the 21".. the repair places in my area are piss poor and seem dishonest, i've been burned many times trying to get equipment fixed, getting my stuff back usually a month later no different than how i brought it in, or in most cases worse. I don't even mind paying the money to get something fixed, if the mechanic would actually fix the problem. it was that way with an aerator i had last year, now with a mower... frustrating.

    so yeah, thats why i don't think financing is such a bad idea sometimes..
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    This is good advice. Even if you have to pay interest it's still a good idea to finance. You need to build your credit rating. The world revolves around credit and it is how sound companies operate. If you don't think that you can make the payments in the winter time then do NOT finance. Excellent credit used wisely can take you places that cash buyers can only dream of.
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    0% financing is a no brainer especially with no early payoff penalty. Its free use of someone elses money!!
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  7. This is exactly how I look at it...a no brainer. I'm not saying buy stuff you don't need cause its 0%, but in this guys case, he can get a brand new machine and space it out over 48 months....the guys that sit here and say pay cash for everything really have no idea how money works.
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  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Exactly!! I would rather keep my money in the bank or invested. Let someone elses money do the work for free!
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  9. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I completely understand your point and what you mean about financing because it can definitely be the way to go, but what about when earlier in the thread he said he only had $2000 for a mower? And I believe he mentioned only having $4000 sitting in the bank? Is he going to have to make a big down payment on that 0% for 48 months? I'm actually asking because I'm 20 years old, new and don't know. It seems to me that if he could find a good deal on a used machine for $1000 it would be the way to go because he wouldn't be blowing that much of his load, but then again it is used and you don't always know what you're going to get. So in that sense, you would think to finance.

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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    It depends on the lender. There are quite a few that cater to this field. This time of year they are all offering deals. Some require money down, some don't. It really does pay to shop around when financing.
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