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Discussion in 'Florida' started by Calypso, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. Calypso

    Calypso Member

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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.
     
  2. tcpip95

    tcpip95 Well-Known Member

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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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  3. DD2075GL

    DD2075GL Active Member

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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!!
     
  4. Link

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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.  
     
  5. tcpip95

    tcpip95 Well-Known Member

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    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".
     
  6. Link

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    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
     
  7. bwsdj

    bwsdj Well-Known Member

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

    Alicedream Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  9. BulldogsCadillac

    BulldogsCadillac Just some guy

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    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.  
     
  10. jonesjj3

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    I too will be pulling the trigger on a New 22' Bennington I am in St. Pete Fl and looks like the only to that are sort of close are Riverside marine and Ingman marine in Sarasota.
    Went to talk with the folks at Riverside to spec out a boat, spoke with a women there who was somewhat informative not what I would call real helpful as I got a lot of oh I dont know that, anyway very polite and willing to help, spent about 1hr plus there and she said I will get back to you in few days on a price, she knew I serious about buying a new boat, never heard back from them again, now this is 50K plus purchase I think they would have gotten back to me as I came there recomended form some one else. Also the person who recomended them has been trying to get a canopy warrenty issue on his new Benny and they never got back to him on that and he had to go else where to get it done now trying to go back to get things straight out.

    Now have called Ingman marine only went over some speck on phone with a guy name Nick seem nice and helpful over phone, I reach out just last week to tell him I sold my other boat and was ready to move forward with a new purchase and he was not there so spoke with the GM and he was nice on the phone as Nick was not there and would return the next day. Well Nick called me back later next day seem helpful and nice over the phone.

    I am going back in less than a week to see about getting a new boat from someone just looking for any feed back some one may want to ( PM ) me about if they dont post here publicly.
     
  11. Dunn

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    I too found it hard to get the dealers in central Florida to call back. Maybe its due to a lack of inventory compared to other types of boats, Im not sure. I found that pretty bizarre when shopping for $70-90k boats as Im in sales my self and I know these boats have a hefty profit margin..I'd at least give every lead a few minutes worth of email or phone follow up.

    I'm in Orlando also and was willing to travel to either coast for the right service/price as the only dealer that stocked any kind of inventory besides bass pro was the Avalon dealer and the quality just wantn't on par with the Benningtons I had seen. 3 months into my shopping/sold my current boat went to the local boat show at the convention center just to browse near the end of summer and made a great deal on a boat on the spot with Boaters Exchange out of Rockledge. While I wish the shopping experience would have been a little more helpful Im very happy with the end result.
     
  12. goldnrod24

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    Since this topic has been resurrected, please let me remind everyone that if you have critical comments or first hand experience that you feel a member might appreciate hearing prior to purchase, please use the private message feature at this group.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Randy
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