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Re: Will dealers dicker on new garden tractor?

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Tom Arnold

05-15-2013 10:11:39

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Deere dealers are free to sell lawn and garden tractors for whatever amount they want to. I think that the question here is whether THAT Deere dealer is located where other Deere dealers can be found in a 50 to 100 mile radius.

Most likely, Deere's website has a list of dealers in your state and adjoining states. Go to that list, get the phone numbers of dealers in reasonable driving distance and then phone them for a price.

The MSRP of the desired tractor can be found on Deere's website. That gives you a benchmark. If a dealer 50 miles away will sell the same tractor for $500.00 less than the local dealer, then that is enough of an incentive to make the drive. The local dealer must honour the warranty. But if you can't find anyone to sell you the tractor for more than 100 dollars lower than the local dealer, then the hassle isn't worth it.

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05-17-2013 05:19:56

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 Re: Will dealers dicker on new garden tractor? in reply to Tom Arnold, 05-15-2013 10:11:39  
Good point. There is only one Deere dealer within an hour of here. They are notorious for saying that they "HAVE to sell for the price that Deere says" Plus, not cost effective if you need repairs.

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Tom Arnold

05-18-2013 05:37:59

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 Re: Will dealers dicker on new garden tractor? in reply to BAnNC, 05-17-2013 05:19:56  
BanC, I am not arguing with what you reported. I am just commenting on it.

John Deere does not get to set the prices because that is called "price fixing" and it is against the law. All that Deere can do is to "suggest" a fair retail price but the independent dealer can sell it for an amount higher or lower than the suggested price.

If they price it too high, then they run the risk of not selling a single unit because customers will purchase elsewhere. If they sell it too low, then they run the risk of not being able to pay their overhead costs and will go bankrupt.

So, any dealer who tells you that they MUST sell something for a certain amount because Deere says so, is a liar and you should run in the opposite direction. After all, if he lies to you about that, then you cannot trust a single word he says. The Deere website says that dealers may sell for less.

The selling price of a piece of equipment has nothing to do with future repairs. There is a warranty in place that must be honoured by the dealer and by Deere, unless the warranty has been contravened by the purchaser. Any repairs needed are either covered under the warranty and therefore paid be Deere or they are outside of the warranty and must be paid by the customer. Dealers are PAID by Deere to uncrate new equipment and check it over thoroughly BEFORE it is delivered to the customer. It's called PDI or Pre-Delivery Inspection.

So, once more this is just a lie being told to customers to justify sticking to a certain price. No one should fall for bullcrap like this and instead, should flat out tell the person uttering such lies that they are lies.

This trend of granting multiple dealerships to a single corporation is a bad idea and eventually the government will be forced to intervene IF all of those dealers FIX prices of equipment. Dealers are supposed to compete with one another in an open marketplace. When that stops happening, then we all lose.

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05-15-2013 10:52:28

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 Re: Will dealers dicker on new garden tractor? in reply to Tom Arnold, 05-15-2013 10:11:39  
Tom, the biggest problem with John Deere Dealers now is, at least thats the trend is that they are merging into companies so there may 8 shops under one name and they all charge the same. Some of the places are being closed up also. Around me they are called Frontier Ag and Equiptment and I would have to drive 60 miles to get into another "dealership". The one where my neighbor used to deal with posted prices right on their website, cheaper than the JOhn Deere website. Now he says it looks like company prices being shown rather than the dealer. I have heard that some other brands seem to be doing their pricing the same way. Driving everyone to the box store cheap units.

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05-17-2013 16:22:32

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 Re: Will dealers dicker on new garden tractor? in reply to JohnDy, 05-15-2013 10:52:28  
As John said there are dealers around here with many stores too. We are near the state line the dealer one side has 11 stores the other side 8 stores. The indiana people were the easier and less expensive lucky we had a choice

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05-17-2013 20:05:45

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 Re: Will dealers dicker on new garden tractor? in reply to Mark6005, 05-17-2013 16:22:32  
The last two new mowers I bought, I called the four dealers in a fifty mile radius and asked for their best no trade price. 200.00 is 200.00.

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