I've begun the ZTR research, and as of tomorrow demoing phase. My question is there are not multiple dealers very close for any certain brand, so they pretty much set a high(er) price on their mowers. One poster gave me a name of a store around my families home town that I can buy a Gravely for about $1k less than in my local town. I also made a cold call to a dealer in Chicago about a different brand, and the price they gave me over the phone was $1k less than the price marked on the same unit at the local dealer for that brand. To be honest, I have not tried dealing with the local companies, but I did not deal with the places I called on the phone either. I know for the Gravely at least the local dealership has no problem servicing units they did not sell. I'm sure they will take care of a customer that bought their unit from them first, but they seem to be a pretty good shop, so I think they would take decent care of me. I bought every other piece of lawn care equipment I have from them (chainsaw (Husq.), trimmer (Tanaka) and walk-behind (Snapper). I don't want to sound like I'm against supporting my local economy, it's just that $1k is a LOT of money to me. Now if I can get them down to a couple hundred, I would have no problem buying local. What would you all do?