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When is the best time to buy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jhinton81, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. jhinton81

    jhinton81 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I am in my first year of owning a mowing business. I am starting out small but I am slowly getting larger. With that said, I am in the market for a new or newer commercial ztr. When is the best time to get the best deal on a new mower? Which manufacturers run the best deals and when? I am new to purchasing a mower so I don't want to get blindsided with crazy interest rates. Thanks guys.
  2. tuffram

    tuffram LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Mid to late September is when I bought my ztr I had been looking since July and saved $1000 by waiting until September. I bought that last 2010 in my model they had. Kubota has about the best on the lot financing programs around when I bought in September they had 0% for 48 months but they have 0% interest for 36 to 60 months right now.
  3. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    dead middle of winter when no one is buying mowers. Good luck
  4. gebby

    gebby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    Fall. They don't want to sit on the inventory through the winter. In fall most people just want to be done and, the dealers know it. I could have got 2,000 of a new Gravely Z last fall. I didn't need but, I was a thinking. If you got cash that will also work in your favor. If not get the free financing package. Many deals out there. Find a good dealer, become a good customer, good friend. Someday walk in about their lunch time with a couple of pizza's and pop just to say Thanks for your help. You will be hard to say no to. Be reasonable and relistic when making a offer.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    whenever the dealers floor plan is coming due.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    AFTER... You've saved up all your money.
    These folks they keep thinking they can put the cart before the horse but the thing is you need money first.
    It don't do no good asking about deals until you've got the cash, if you ain't got a $20 to your name this is
    as good as asking about a deal on a Lamborghini, either way you can't afford it.

    And you really can't afford to take out a loan, should your business fail you'll next ruin your credit to boot
    but the worst of it is the half of them won't even give you the credit, now you can get your parents to
    co-sign so you can ruin their credit too, folks I am telling you, before you dream on, start saving.
    Since it takes like 10 thousand dollars...

    If you start saving now and work long and hard at it, maybe you can get one about your 5th year but
    I wouldn't be too surprised if it doesn't materialize until 8 or 10 years from now.

    ... Reality sets in.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  7. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    doesnt really matter. I bought my Stander during peak season this year and I still saved almost $1100 off the sticker price, just happened to be that they wanted to deal on that machine and I wanted to buy it. It was a brand new one, not a left over, may I add. If you're serious about buying a mower, they'll deal no matter when it is. When it comes down to it, they will play their best card, they're not gonna give they bottom line "take it home today" price out when you're just shopping and demoing. Its just like buying a car, after you test drove it, kicked the tires, and shopped around, when you're ready to buy THAT car you sit down and go to war over the price and the deals.
  8. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    10:15a.m. .
  9. Penncare

    Penncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    I agree with the other posts, the real best time to buy is when you can go in with cash in hand, have done your research and know what equipment will serve your business best.
  10. Brett's Lawn Care

    Brett's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Buy at the end of season from a lowballer that can't afford payments
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