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Old 10-20-2016, 11:24 PM   #1
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Question Dealer freebies when buying new.

Hey everyone did your dealer throw you any extras on a new sled purchase? In my opinion they should. If even a new cover I would have bought some of my accessories thru the dealer which cost plenty. But nothing at all on a 16 K Thundercat, shame on him. I think a token free cover would have made him more by me buying my boots and helmet and other goodies at the dealership instead of on line. What do you all think? Thanks for sharing your story.
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My sled was marked down and they wouldn't throw in even hand guards. But Country Cat has always treated me fairly and their prices are hard to beat.

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I bought a new Bearcat last month and they agreed to throw in a low windshield at my request.

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Freebies like that are generally not really free. They are an indication that you didn't negotiate the price down to the rock bottom. The time to ask for those things are when you are negotiating the price and before you agree to buy. It's a bit different if AC has a Cat Cash promotion going, as the Cat Cash can be used after the fact for accessories.
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 Quote: Originally Posted by Midelfi View Post
Hey everyone did your dealer throw you any extras on a new sled purchase? In my opinion they should. If even a new cover I would have bought some of my accessories thru the dealer which cost plenty. But nothing at all on a 16 K Thundercat, shame on him. I think a token free cover would have made him more by me buying my boots and helmet and other goodies at the dealership instead of on line. What do you all think? Thanks for sharing your story.

why should they? You realize every dealer is going roughly 2000 - 3000 dollars in the hole for every sled they sell right now. Cat credits the dealers the Rebate money every quarter and the next check comes in december. When someone takes delivery of the sled the bank must be paid in full. The prices dealers are selling the sleds at have maybe 300 dollars in profit after the hold back and rebates are credited back. If your buddy went and bought 3k In accessories they would probably give him all kinds of free stuff.
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the best way to go about it is to buy just the sled as cheap as possible. Then go back later on with a list all the accessories you want and work out a deal. You will save way more money doing that vs getting them to give you something. Depending on how and when they ordered the accessories they will have room to give you a screaming deal and they will still do well on the back end.
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the best way to go about it is to buy just the sled as cheap as possible. Then go back later on with a list all the accessories you want and work out a deal. You will save way more money doing that vs getting them to give you something. Depending on how and when they ordered the accessories they will have room to give you a screaming deal and they will still do well on the back end.
So are you a dealer or is one close to you, family or friend? From a salesman point of view whenever I gave a little bit extra it always came back to me. Just a wise business practice. As earlier stated, I would have bought my new accessories thru the dealer had he even gave me a cheap dust cover that I know they have, not a real AC cover that costs much more.
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In this day and age of companies doing a lot of belt tightening, it's tougher to give away freebies. I know it's a long time ago, but when I bought my T660 in 2005, I got a hitch installed and a cover thrown in and the promotional jacket, travel mug. I also got a card for a discount on parts which is not needed as I still get it anyways. I will never buy Cat or other clothing they have or expensive accessories as I don't need that stuff for my riding. I recently bought a number of parts for my quad, which I also bought from them in 2003, and jokingly asked for a 30% discount cause I looked up the part numbers and I didn't want to go to the U.S. to save money. I got the discount. I'm happy as that's what is important to me.
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I go to Country Cat, not for the freebies I might get but the nearly unbeatable prices and customer service. They're great people and I've never heard one negative story about them. I'm fortunate to live so close. Time to go buy another set of peak goggles.

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So are you a dealer or is one close to you, family or friend? From a salesman point of view whenever I gave a little bit extra it always came back to me. Just a wise business practice. As earlier stated, I would have bought my new accessories thru the dealer had he even gave me a cheap dust cover that I know they have, not a real AC cover that costs much more.

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.
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