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Central Florida Bennington Dealers

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I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2017 (actually 2018) 20SSRX and I've been dealer shopping.  The prices are all pretty well aligned, so I'm looking for dealer reputation over distance from my home... within reason.

The quality of the dealership is critical, in my mind, to a satisfying Bennington experience.

There doesn't seem to be as much interest in Benningtons in Central Florida as in other parts of the country, although they're "flying off the shelf" down here, as they are throughout the country.  I'm thinking there are very, very high volume dealers elsewhere. 

Any opinions out there about Central Florida dealerships?  Please PM me if you think it's necessary.

Thanks in advance.

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YES!  Go to Apopka Marine in Inverness.  Ask for Scott.  Tell him Jim from Ft. Myers referred you to him.  He's a great guy and will work with you.  Put a phone call into him, it will be worth your while.

I would NOT recommend Ingman Marine at any of their 4 locations.  I've had multiple dealings with them and would not do business with them ever again.

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I commend you looking at reputation vs. proximity. I bought close without doing that research and had problems with the service we had on the boat. Good luck! Our boat is in Maine so I'm not any help...just wanted to compliment you!!

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Just a word of warning here as the reputations of dealers is at stake, and these are personal opinions.  At one point I used to rely on Yelp to look at reviews of businesses.  It often confused me as I would see some degrading the business yet the next put them on a pedestal.  I might suggest from here on out for fairness sake we live by the moto "If you don't have anything good to say then say nothing"  But of course lets continue to praise those that are worthy.  

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2 minutes ago, Link said:

Just a word of warning here as the reputations of dealers is at stake, and these are personal opinions.  At one point I used to rely on Yelp to look at reviews of businesses.  It often confused me as I would see some degrading the business yet the next put them on a pedestal.  I might suggest from here on out for fairness sake we live by the moto "If you don't have anything good to say then say nothing"  But of course lets continue to praise those that are worthy.  

Link, I would normally agree with that motto, except that circumstances are different here.  In this particular case, there are many tens of thousands of dollars at stake here.  Indeed reputations ARE at stake - both good and bad.  I believe the dealership has the responsibility to earn their good reputation, and when they don't they also need to take the heat for it for the betterment of all.

If we cannot make members aware of questionable dealerships, then we're giving those dealerships a free pass.  I would be severely disappointed if - by my silence - I caused someone to go through the very painful experience I went through simply because we're instructed that "you can only say good things about dealerships".

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3 hours ago, tcpip95 said:

Link, I would normally agree with that motto, except that circumstances are different here.  In this particular case, there are many tens of thousands of dollars at stake here.  Indeed reputations ARE at stake - both good and bad.  I believe the dealership has the responsibility to earn their good reputation, and when they don't they also need to take the heat for it for the betterment of all.

If we cannot make members aware of questionable dealerships, then we're giving those dealerships a free pass.  I would be severely disappointed if - by my silence - I caused someone to go through the very painful experience I went through simply because we're instructed that "you can only say good things about dealerships".

Understand your point of view but one person could have what they consider a bad experience but 10 others had a great experience with that dealer.  I am just asking for holding back on the bad while praising the good let readers of this forum want to go to the dealers they see praised for great service and advice

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I have had a great experience so far at Apopka marine!! Would also recommend them. My sales person is Mike 

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Could we bridge this gap by having people private message when they have something to say not as positive.  I for one would want to know what I was walking into if I was spending the money these boats cost.

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On 28/06/2017 at 6:50 AM, tcpip95 said:

Link, I would normally agree with that motto, except that circumstances are different here.  In this particular case, there are many tens of thousands of dollars at stake here.  Indeed reputations ARE at stake - both good and bad.  I believe the dealership has the responsibility to earn their good reputation, and when they don't they also need to take the heat for it for the betterment of all.

If we cannot make members aware of questionable dealerships, then we're giving those dealerships a free pass.  I would be severely disappointed if - by my silence - I caused someone to go through the very painful experience I went through simply because we're instructed that "you can only say good things about dealerships".

I'm pretty sure you have misunderstood Links directions. He wasn't really asking. He is a Moderator and is doing what has to be done to keep this forum alive and well with Bennington's support. I agree with your prerogative on the matter, and Link may very well also, but as a Moderator, he has to step in. I think the PM message is definitely the way to go. If I were in the OP position I would love getting valuable information from real world people, such as yourself, on bad apples out there.

We always need to remember that this is Bennington's forum.  

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