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.