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question for gravely dealers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by watsmi57, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. watsmi57

    watsmi57 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I am trying to buy a Pro Turn 252. I have found one online for $7400. My local dealer is about $1k higher than that and isn't budging. He said he would loan me a machine when mine was down. I would get good repair and warranty service...etc...etc. As long as the machine is under warranty doesn't he have to work on it anyway? I realize he will put me behind his customers but he's gotta fix the machine right? I'm not worried about not having a loaner available, I have other mowers. I would rather buy local but $1k is a big difference. What do you guys think?
  2. Bagit

    Bagit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    First of all, he should come down some (at least a little) if he wants to make a sale.

    Would you jump on $8,000 and a Free mulch kit installed?
  3. mowerknower

    mowerknower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Gravely equipment must be set up and safety checked (per Gravely dealer aggreement) so unless the place you ordered it from, uncrated it, set it up, safety checked it then recrated it and shipped it they are breaking the dealer aggreement.
    So I would say that Gravely would more likely side with your closest dealer and say it is his option if he wants to perform warranty work or not.
    Thats what we do
  4. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,780

    Personally, I think people worry too much about the initial cost of equipment. I"m all for saving money, but I would never purchase new equiipment online just to save a few dollars, when the same item is available locally from a reputable dealer. The aggravation, if something does go wrong, woud make $1,000 seem cheap, to me.
  5. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    I agree with moturkey. You buy online who knows what probs your going to have. Plus is that $1k cheaper include shipping? And even if a dealer is required to fix a warranty you'll be placed at the bottom of the list. Who knows if it happens during the busy part of the season how long you could be down.
  6. gebby

    gebby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    I was shopping on line and comparing prices. I had a price in mind that I found on line for new Gravely. Not wanting to beat my dealer down. I asked how they could be cheaper on line. He asked me what the model number was. At the time all I knew was size of deck motor size and what have you. He gave me a flyer with up to date information. The one I was looking at in his shop and on line were not the same model number. Just make sure you are comparing apples to apples. The other thing is if you have the machine and use for 2,000 hours that's .50 cents an hour. Is the trade off in wondering how your service will get done really worth it? My dealer has become one of my greatest fans. I need my dealer close by. Only you can decide. Good luck with your purchase.
  7. watsmi57

    watsmi57 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    the $7400 price is shipping and everything (no tax out of state). my dealer here is at $7900 plus tax.

    Bagit - I would just buy the mulch kit seperately and install it myself.

    The real kicker here is I was pricing TWO machines not just one. The pro turn 252 is a definite but I also am looking for a Gravely Pro Walk 36 fixed deck Hydro. His price on the 36 was $4200. I have also found that one cheaper online.

    I understand the need for having the dealer on 'my' team but he needs to play ball too. IF he had said package deal at $12k I probably would have bought.

    local Dealer: $7900+$4200 = 12,100 plus tax = $12,947

    online: 7400+3800 = 11,200 total no shipping, no tax.

    Difference of $1747
  8. dtc0207

    dtc0207 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    You own a business right, then you should want to support your local dealer. As a dealer I love to hear how you come on here complain about lowballs but what everything given to you.
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  9. gebby

    gebby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    Looking at my flyer from earler in the summer. I see model # 992184 pro turn 252 26 hp kaw fx v-twin sale price 7,799.00

    Also,model # 988140 pro-walk 36hr fx,hydro drive 15 hp kaw. sale price 4,499.00

    What I was looking at on line was a Pro turn 260 and what my dealer had was a Pro Master 260 that is 1,000.00 more but built a lot heavier.

    I don't know your dealer but, knowing mine from the deals he has given me from the past, he may not meet the on line price but he has always worked with me and, he knows that I buy everything from him and, that I know the current market. Again please make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. Motors, hydro pumps and what have you. Again good luck with your purchace. All I have is Gravely's. I think they are very good. Just so you know my dealer is less than a mile from my home so, yes that does make a difference when its time to buy my equipment.
  10. watsmi57

    watsmi57 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Yeah I own a business that's why I am going to invest my money wisely. If the local dealer was only say $500-700 more it might be a different story. I don't want things given to me. I want to pay for them, but common sense says why pay $8453 for a pro turn 252 when I can get it for $7400.

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