Relationship with your dealer!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AllSeasonsAllReasons, Mar 8, 2001.

  1. AllSeasonsAllReasons

    AllSeasonsAllReasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Stopped up to see my dealer today just to talk look around!! He took me out to lunch!! I thought that was pretty cool! What are some of the nice things your dealers have done for you??
  2. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    granted i have spent around $30,000 in the past 4 years, he has gave me a ultra vac system at very close to cost, plus he always knocks off money on anything. plus lunch one time.
  3. mowing king

    mowing king LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Messages: 85

    I was in my dealers wedding party. we spend about 30g a year with them and they are good friends now. when i was in a car accident the owner was the first one at the hospital to see me. even before my family.
  4. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    Let's see, what has my dealer done for me lately. Considering I've bought over $20,000 in equipment over the last couple of years from him and won't even go into another dealer, even to look.

    1.)He charges me full retail pricing for everything I buy.
    2.)He makes me pay shipping for special orders.
    3.)His lovely wife, who works the parts counter, always greets me with a cheery hello (NOT!)
    4.)He basicly treats everyone who enters his shop the same way because he more or less has a monopoly in this area.

    These reasons are why I laugh every time I see someone say how we should all support our local dealer and not buy online. I'm here to say that when I need another $8-$10,000 mower, I'm gonna buy it online if I can and set it up myself.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Does free coffee count? lol!
  6. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    I dont know my dealer that well. Just their reputation.

    They started carrying eXmark a few weeks after I started looking for one. They already carried Stihl.
    I was their first eXmark sale (48 Metro HP)

    Now they are helping me find leads! LOTS of them.
    They seem very interested in my business success/continued patronage.

    These people are VERY busy! I am by no means their largest customer, but they give me their full attention when I walk in. They make me feel like an important customer
  7. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    my local dealer, lesco, treats me with respect even though I am a small timer.

    they call me by name when I come in and do their best to educate me to the products they sell that will take care of my needs.

    and they make sure my lesco 48 is running good eventhough I bought it used from another cutter. and for that, they just might sell me a new mower when I am ready.

    good, bad or whatever...I have to give them a thumbs up.

  8. SDF250

    SDF250 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    my dealer is a real good guy very quick to get your mower back to you thanks to not having any space to keep it don,t know about the prices but he is the small helpfull biz you would hate to loose
  9. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    I have about 5 different dealers...The best one is my Gravely dealer...If I have a problem with one of my mowers, he always finds time to look at it even if he's covered up...He's also given me parts that are not covered under the warranty, such as belts and springs...I've bought 4 mowers from him and will continue buying from him in the future....It's the little things that count..I try to carry that same philosophy over to my business.Derrick
  10. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    my dealer?
    well what have they done for me?
    this past year i spent 15,000 with them. they dont pressure me for money, but they really dont have to anyways. the father always buys me lunch when i go there which is like 2 or 3 times a week sometimes pizza, other times chinese, other times italian. i am welcome at all of their homes whenever i am in the area. 1 of the guys there so far has fed me when i am at his house and has so far given me 1lb of jelly beans which has lasted me a good 2 months, 1 large box of russel stovers chocolates, and 2 lbs of venesin,
    what else? the parents feed me all the time. (homemade italian food) they give me descent breaks on everything i buy. a lot of stuff i get for free, (small stuff), one guy there has a turf runner (owns it). one day i hurt my hand. so he gave me the machine to use as long as i needed it for, sure made life easy there for a while. i work for all of the


    they may be crazy, but that is another good thing. i can go there to buy things, or just to watch the show.

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