Tractor Package Deals: The REAL Deal
In the last year or so we’ve taken lots of calls and customers coming into our dealership asking about these deals. Some asking if we have any similar deals. The answer to the question is “sort of” it depends on what you are looking for. So let me explain.
What is a Tractor Package Deal?
These are the “Special package offers!” you often find online or a sales magazine or advertisement for a newspaper. These package deals usually include a tractor with a loader and bucket, a rotary cutter, posthole auger and or box scraper and a trailer, all at a discounted bundled price. A lot of times these are found out of our immediate area and even marketed out of state as a “Drive up, hook up and go” type deal. At the surface these seem like great deals, but let’s explore this for a bit.
Is there a catch with these Package Deals?
These are generally the bare minimum the manufacture has to offer in terms of tractors. These usually have lightweight loaders, pin on lightweight buckets, standard ag tires, not filled for stability and usually are missing a variety of other options. The implements in these deals are usually not heavy duty or reinforced and again the lowest common denominator in the line. Basically they draw you in with super low prices (and minimum quality products) then try to upsell you into the tractor you want or need at a large markup. You want a quick attach bucket that won’t fold up the first time you attempt to use it? That’s an extra $500. R4 tires filled $800. They nickel and dime you until you’re paying what eventually turns into a higher price for an equal tractor sold at your local dealer. It is even worse when they don’t give you upgrade options or tell you can get it serviced at your local dealer. Only to find your local dealer wants nothing to do with it or tells you to take it back where you got it. You buy a tractor thinking you’ve received a deal, get home and it’s not the tractor you thought it was. You’re dissatisfied and go away thinking that the manufacture makes an inferior product or that you were taken by the selling dealership.
Remember when I said the answer to this is “sort of”. I’ll stand by that. We don’t have premade packages. Let me explain. We order almost all of our Kioti tractors built to the specifications we, as operators and as a Kioti Dealership that has to stand behind their products, consider usable. We order all of our tractors with quick attach heavy-duty skid steer style buckets and most with R4 heavy duty tires. We order tractors that are meant to be used, not just meant to be sold, and we stand behind them. We start with a superior product. Then when you come in, we ask you what jobs you’re going to be using your tractor for, and we’re going to have a conversation about how many acres you are taking care of and who might be operating the tractor in order to keep you safe and address other concerns you might have. If you want or need an additional option we will give you that option at retail. That doesn’t mean we can’t get the bare bones tractors for you. We understand that some people are fine with the lightweight pin on bucket and just want to save money, but we’ll make sure that you realize what tractor you’re getting for the money.
As we start looking at implements, we match you with the correct implement/tractor combination to make sure that you’re satisfied with the attachments you’re purchasing. We’re talking about thousands of dollars here, we believe you should get something that meets or exceeds your expectations. So in this regard, yes, we do have tractor packages. The difference being that we are upfront about our prices and our packages are put together to fit your needs or request.
I’m sure we’ll continue to receive calls about Tractor Package Deals, and that is fine. We can’t deny that the price does seem exceptionally low with those deals, but like with most things, you get what you pay for. By the time you figure travel time and wear and tear on your vehicle and if you have to return it a couple of times to the selling dealer for repairs how much money do you actually save? Most people don’t like spending money for a machine that doesn’t meet their expectations. That’s why we’ve been an Equipment Dealer for 35 years and why we’ve been in business since 1982 we take care of our customers.
Happy customers = Repeat customers. We are here for the long term relationship not just a one time sale.