By: Alanna Bouhl
So, you've decided that it's time to take the next step, bite
the bullet and go all in. You've searched for the perfect tractor
or combine for your farm. You think that you've found the one the
one to solve all your problems and fit all your needs. But now
what? You're ready to head to the dealership, but you want a good
deal. Here are 5 questions you need to ask your dealer before
purchasing that pretty new thing.
Is this the right one for me? You know your
operation better than anyone, and the equipment you need to keep
your farm running at maximum capacity. Talk to the dealer and tell
him your needs to make sure the attachments you need are compatible
with the tractor you're considering.
Is there any wiggle room on that price? You're
a smart buyer and you've done your research to know the high, low
and average price of that new work horse. Talk to them or just
simply make an offer and the dealer will let you know where you
Can I finance my purchase? It's that time of
year. You've got a lot of expenses coming up, and that tractor is a
big chunk of change, so financing may help out a lot.
Can I take a look at the service records and the
previous owner's contact info? You want to know exactly
what you're getting into when that combine comes off the lot. You
may even know the last guy who owned it or there's a good chance
your neighbor knows him. This is perfect so you can ask him why he
sold it in the first place.
Is there a warranty and what kind of service do you
provide? You've got lots do and don't have time for downed
equipment. Make sure that your dealer backs the equipment and has a
reliable service department to handle your crisis.
Once you answer these five questions, you are ready to
consider that new piece of equipment.