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Re: Dealers can't be nuts everywhere?

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06-19-2013 04:53:58

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All I know is that a $5K tractor in Michigan or Ohio or Indiana is a $8-10K tractor here in Northern NY. I look at Tractorhouse, etc. and see, for instance, 5000 Fords with good rubber and in fine cosmetic shape go for, say, $6500. Up here that same tractor would go for at least $8500-9K. If the average tractor from up here went south it'd be considered junk. Rust is big up here, few people have tractor sheds, tires are unreal. IMO location has a lot to do with it.

As far as dealers, our local JD dealer is a pretty good outfit, but- I was looking for a 65-75hp diesel. Their sales guy talked me into trying a MF165 they had on the lot. The hyd pump was shot, wouldn't lift my bale spear, much less a bale. Found out later I was the 3rd guy they tried this on, knowing the pump was bad. Being 10-20hp less than I needed was one thing, but sending a broken unit out was kinda dumb IMO. The Case/AGCO/NH dealer is even worse, their parts guy is surly and they won't even consider budging on prices for used equipment that's already sky high. I don't get it. THey must see the trucks from Monroe and Lamb&Webster and some of the other big outfits in the area. You'd think they'd at least try to compete.

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06-19-2013 11:18:52

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 Re: Dealers can't be nuts everywhere? in reply to Bret4207, 06-19-2013 04:53:58  
If you want to find out just how honest the salesman really is, next time ask for the name and address and phone # of the previous owner of the next tractor you look at! I don't think that is too much to ask when laying down a wad of green. You will get "we don't keep those records" or " we buy from an auction so we don't have that info" or "it came from an estate sale and owner is deseased" or any other story they can get away with. In the event that they actually somehow got a good one they can be honest about , it will either be allready sold to one of their friends or it will be the proverbial $ 15,000 JD 4020 that we all laugh about. If you are the " I want it and I want it now" then go to the dealers. If you want a good machine and the history to prove it , buy from the owner.

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