I agree, but when your dealers facilities are 40+ years old they barely have enough room, to work on one combine.
In floor heat and geothermal HVAC has not been real popular until the past 10-20 years. Sure some older buioldings may have them but I don't think it has been standard type equipment until the past 10 years or so. I agree on the overhead and I think when you look at these dealers building new stores they are being built from additional sales, not in hope of. Equipment sales is a tight margin business and guys aren't building new facilities and charging higher prices to cover those additional costs. Same goes for field service equipment. My AGCO dealer has a half ton pickup and a toolbox no bigger than my fishing tackle box and in many cases I had to provide any large hand tools. My Case dealer has several 2 ton trucks equipped with air, cranes, etc. Do I pay for that? Sure I do. But when the repairs go faster becauuse you have the right tools to do the job I feel that added expense is worth it. A combine is a mighty expensive piece to have sitting still. And I'm sure there are AGCo dealers who have the equipment to do the job, probably the one in the above pictures does, but I'm not going to pay him to drive 300 miles to do it, nor can he timely service customers at that distance.