I've decided that I'm going to buy a 2019 JD 3025E with loader, box blade, rotary cutter, and trailer to help keep up two properties that I own. I don't live on either property, and don't have a barn or safe storage on either so I will have to be trailering the rig back and forth to my home for the time being.
So, perhaps mistakenly, I set out looking for the best deal the same way that I've always bought a new car or truck - I look for the best price I can find and if a dealer in another city is cheaper, I'll drive over there and buy it. I found a JD dealer about 130 mi away that had the best price by far, but when I explained the situation they said that certain discounts/promotions were only available in their AOR, or "Area of Responsibility." They were $3000 cheaper than my local dealer to begin with, but after finding out that I was out of their AOR their price went up $1500.
OK, I see now... they have protected territories much like other businesses do, but that had never occurred to me before now.
I've never bought a new tractor from a dealer - everything I've had any experience with has been much older. I learned to drive a tractor on a 1948 Ford 8N... And I even worked for a John Deere dealer in the 80s, but that's another story.
So do y'all have any advice about getting the best deal on a new tractor from a dealer that might help me avoid future mistakes? Thanks!