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Buying plow online bad idea?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by pitrack, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    Hey guys this is my first post on this forum but so far I have gained quite a bit of info.
    Well I am going to buy a plow for this upcoming winter and was thinking about buying one online since they are a lot cheaper. It worries me buying one online (New) because you never really know what you're going to get until it shows up at your house. What are your guys thoughts? I also am not sure how warranty work would work if I bought it from far away from my house?

    Here is the website I was looking at:
    http://www.equipmentspecialistsinc....Power-V-XT-w-RT3-Smarthitch2--boss_b92vx.html

    Thanks for all of your help,
    Pat
     
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    one of the advantage IMO of buying new is the warranty and the relationship you build with your dealer
     
  3. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I agree. Unfortunately the amount of money I could save online is nuts. I don't want to end up with a broken plow in the middle of a storm and nobody to do warranty work on it though.
     
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i dont know why it would be that much cheaper online, are you factoring in the cost of install
     
  5. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    To try not to get into too much detail. I was quoted $5800 for a Boss 8'2 V installed here in town.
    Online I found a 9'2 V XT, for rounded up $4900. Add $200-250 for shipping. And then add $350 for install here in town, and that equals around $5500, for a foot more of blade, and an XT.
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2008
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    for that price difference i wouldnt even think about it IMO

    follow your gut if you were comfortable about buying it online you wouldnt be asking about it here

    good luck
     
  7. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    by saying you wouldn't even think about it do you mean you would go with the online one?
     
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    sorry NO

    buy it local
     
  9. 042500hd

    042500hd Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    My local dealer wants $5500 for an 8'2" V XT I found it online at an authorized Boss dealer for $4500 both prices are uninstalled. How can ther be such a large deviation in price? For $1000 I'm buying online for $300 I'm going local. However any Boss dealer will honor any warranty work. I know this from first hand experience.
     
  10. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268


    The price difference would probably be a lot more than $300 if I would have gotten a quote for a 9'2 V XT. I just got a quote for an 8'2 regular V. I didn't know that about the warranty work, that is good to know.
     
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i would think about it for $1000 but not less

    if your dealer has 2 customers broke down who will he fix first, not the one that bought online

    my truck puked a tranny one night and i called my dealer at 1 am and he loaned me his truck for the rest of the storm, wont get service like that online
     
  12. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I agree 100%. Hopefully my truck won't have any problems (07' Ram) but you never know. I guess I will have to do somemore figuring, maybe get a quote from the place in town for an XT. Any of you guys have any experience with the XT's? good bad?
     
  13. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    you will get better priority warranty work when it comes to buying from the dealer. also I don't trust alot of online dealers, how do you know for sure you will end up getting the plow. are you close enough to these people that you can just go buy the plow right from them? I would stick to buying from the dealer in the local area you are in, maybe they might be able to match the price and then add the install.

    If the main concern is the warranty work you WILL get better and quicker work done if you buy from the local dealer.
     
  14. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i find it hard to believe that it would be $1000 cheaper i didnt think the dealer even made that much let alone being able to shave that much off the price
     
  15. pitrack

    pitrack Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I'm just going by what they quoted me. Obviously I wish it wasn't that much of a jump but it is.
     
  16. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    so you don't need a controller? By my math according to the site you linked to, the complette unit is $4974.95 before shipping or install.

    And yes any dealer should warranty the plow but I know for my customers we do warranty work 24/7 for outside purchases it's 9-5 M-F by appointment and with factory pre-approval only.
     
  17. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    As most of the other guys mentioned yes you will take a back seat at the local dealer for any necessary warranty work if you purchase from a dealer other than him, so be sure to take that into consideration.

    Since your considering purchasing from Equipment Specialists specifically, worrying about a "shaky deal" or getting "ripped off" isn't an issue as your dealing with a very reputable dealer. You yourself may have never dealt (or even heard of them) but I can assure you your dealing with a good company with a reputable history. :nod:


    As to the large difference in prices, much of it is due to geographics as well as the volume the dealer does and the local market itself. Plow prices are rather geographically dependent. For example, we're basically in the same boat here. You can't touch an 8.2 VXT here at the local Boss dealer for less than $5800 cash and carry. But as you've discovered they can be purchased in other regions for considerably less... which is why I buy from a dealer thats either 300 or...1000 miles away.
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992


    Which eventually leads to no local dealer.:cool:
     
  19. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Which would certainly work to my advantage. ;)
     
  20. Nascar24

    Nascar24 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Hi

    I would present your online price to the local dealer and see if he can work with you, sometimes a unit sold for a bit less is better than a unit not sold at all, especially in this present economy.

    JMHO