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Old 10-22-2016, 07:09 PM   #11
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Right on Greg... Gone, are the "good old days" (up to 2003/2004 seasons)... What Cat has done to many loyal and longstanding dealers, ever since Claude was appointed CEO (and current corporate structure), is dumbfounding!
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Right on Greg... Gone, are the "good old days" (up to 2003/2004 seasons)... What Cat has done to many loyal and longstanding dealers, ever since Claude was appointed CEO (and current corporate structure), is dumbfounding!

it is sad when there is almost double the profit on a $1,200 dollar trition trailer compared to what a $16,000 sled brings in.
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yes i work at a dealer. we will not throw in belts, covers ect. We do not charge set up fee, will discount accessories and install what ever you want for free with the sled with the exceptions of track swaps and studding. We build our business on customer service and having what you need on hand. Not giving out freebies has not effected our sales at all. AC covers and aftermarket covers are about the same cost to the dealer when the proper programs are used. The actual sleds themselves are a burden to any dealer's bank roll,they make about nothing on them at the end of the day even if they sell out of snowmobiles.
Not sure how you can tell if it effects sales since they do not give any freebies. It might pick them up, you can not tell since they do not do it.
Just plain wrong that I average $500 profit on a used sled with no overhead. Hard to believe dealers could even stay in business if what you say is true.
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Not sure how you can tell if it effects sales since they do not give any freebies. It might pick them up, you can not tell since they do not do it.
Just plain wrong that I average $500 profit on a used sled with no overhead. Hard to believe dealers could even stay in business if what you say is true.
Gone, are these days of pricing/savings..

I too work for a dealer, freight charges and floor plan financing (read: HUGE interest) have literally killed ANY type of decent "profit" from sled sales for an average dealership...

When I used to work for this dealer years ago, loads and loads of previous season models were able to be gotten for a far reduced cost for dealers... We were able to offer them for candy store pricing.. They sold like hot cakes at IHOP!! Pricing at regular dealer cost USED to save customers lots of dough.. We offered an automatic 10% off on anything accessory and/or parts to anyone who stepped through the door... And in many cases, better deals yet along the way.... But, TODAYS economical times no longer allow this for MOST ALL of Cats dealers.. As, finally, Cat has whittled down much of its remaining stock, and NOW, concentrates on jamming units down throats of dealers with fewer customers these days (economy based reductions in sales)... Only a couple dealerships receive these leftover prev MY sleds these days...

It wasn't uncommon for us to stock over 220-240 units a season, often selling nearly all of them (along with nearly all of current model year sleds as well)....
Ask Greg B.... He can vouch for it from past decades of being there occasionally..
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Not sure how you can tell if it effects sales since they do not give any freebies. It might pick them up, you can not tell since they do not do it.
Just plain wrong that I average $500 profit on a used sled with no overhead. Hard to believe dealers could even stay in business if what you say is true.
I don't remember making 500 on a new sled, in the last 10 years...

How much did you pay for your new thundercat, and how much do you think the dealer made?
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Not sure how you can tell if it effects sales since they do not give any freebies. It might pick them up, you can not tell since they do not do it.
Just plain wrong that I average $500 profit on a used sled with no overhead. Hard to believe dealers could even stay in business if what you say is true.

we have tried in the past. Freebes do not drive sales in anyway. All it did was cost us money. If they did we would mark each sled up 100 bucks and give away a belt with every purchase. We make more money on used sleds vs new. Yes the profit is really a few hundred dollars at the end of the day on a new sled. That is why some many dealers are getting out of it from all brands.
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Well I do agree that service is what counts the most after the sale. Did any of the dealerships offer cat cash with a purchase of a new sled? What was the actual spring check deal anyways. Please someone that works for a dealer must know. I bought mine by phone after the deadline by a couple of weeks and not sure what the spring deal was. I did pick the dealer that had cat certified mechanics due to the new sled being advanced. Just for the record a dealer in PI wanted $17300 for the Thundercat. Said he could still get one? What did your dealership ask for one. Thanks for all the replies.
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I don't remember making 500 on a new sled, in the last 10 years...

How much did you pay for your new thundercat, and how much do you think the dealer made?
No clue what he makes on the new sled. I just sold a 96 Panther for $2000. #4 sled before the snow even arrived. Mine was $15995

Picked up another oldie 79 low mileage Everest
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