Itsakeepa, do you mind if I ask what you decided? I am also trying to decide/price a 21 or 22 SLX or SSBX. Wondering if you had any luck in moving forward and at what price?Hey guys I’ve been lurking here for a while and I’m getting close to finally buying a Bennington. I’m looking at either a 20 or 21 SLX or SSBX. My local dealer is coming in almost 10k higher than dealers in the Midwest.
My only concern with buying from a dealer 10 hrs away is that I’m going to need my local dealer for any warranty service or repairs. Do you think that would be an issue? Are all dealers required to service warranty issues equally regardless of where the boat was purchased?
Let’s be honest what good is a warranty if you don’t have someone who will service it for you. I’d buy from my local guy but he’s not budging on the price.
Please share any advice or similar experiences
Itsakeepa -- While that is unfortunate it sounded like it was best to move on. My nearest dealer is 1 hr away but I ended up going with the dealer 2 1/2 hrs from me for the best deal. They have been good to work with. Good luck with your search and hope you find a dealer not too far away to work with.
Palmer-on-GL -- I see you are in WI. I would start by searching dealer websites around your area and maybe into MN to get ideas on pricing and options. Hopefully you will find a dealer who is able to work with you to get you what you are looking for. When I was looking for where I was going to purchase my boat I checked all of North Dakota and Minnesota to get a feel for prices. Looked at a couple is South Dakota too. Granted not too many dealers to search but there was a wide range in prices on what I was looking for. Good luck!
As I've mentioned before, I can only get a slip on my lake if I buy through my dealer/marina... there are ZERO slips available on Canandaigua Lake, and there are hundreds and hundreds of boaters who want one. No one can lease a slip unless they buy a boat from my dealer/marina. That's OK; I gladly paid the quoted price for my Benny as the slip is the only way we can boat. We do not have a car that can tow our boat, nor are we interested in getting involved in the crowded MESS that is the public boat ramp. I shudder to think about having to deal with that nightmare or waiting for hours to get my boat in/out of the water. Can't wait to pop down to the marina, hop in the boat, and be on the water in a few minutes. C'mon spring!I’m thinking one of the dealers...is a WalMart dealer type dealer. High volume, low margin, so they make their money on backend services, storage, transport etc...
So this whole things keeps getting weirder by the minute.
First I get a call from the dealer in the Midwest I got the really good quote from. They say that they can’t sell me the boat because I live in a different region and I’d have to use my local Bennington dealer. Now there was no mention of this before in our previous phone calls and emails and the guy already gave me an official quote knowing where I live.
A few hours later my local dealer calls me and lowers the price a few grand and says he showed the competing offer to his sales rep and was given a credit from Bennington to lower the price on his boat that’s already on his lot lol.
Is it just me or is this whole thing bizarre? I’m glad he came down a little but it’s still a bit high in my opinion. Do you think Bennington really could have gotten involved and told them to stay out of each others territory and gave my local guy a credit for being undercut by the other guy?