Guess i must have deleted the file with the R66 & the 575 versatile etc. the 4 used r gleaners were on the other lot. The shelves 4 the showroom didnt show up in time 4 the open house. the "harley" reference was in response to an earlier thread about agco needing dealers of a harley caliber image.
One dealer at one location does not make a dealer network. What the photos do not show is the dealership they closed in Taylorvillle. So while they have a nice facility, their service geography got smaller. Plus they are 150 miles from me.
I won't go proclaiming a machines greatness until it is proven. A theory that would be well served to about 95% of the posters on this forum.
It's comical how one AGCO dealer in IL builds a new store and somehow that is a dealer network. WM Nobbe and Sons at Waterloo IL(A Deere Dealer) has built 3 new stores in the last 5 years or so. I suspect that one dealer has built more new stores than all the IL AGCO dealers combined. That alone says a whole lot of the state of AGCO around here.
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.
In floor heat is nice, but so is infared overhead. Local Chevy dealer built a new facility, that could easily double as a farm equipment shop. His words were both systems are good, but the cost of floor heat in a large facility is a long pay back item. I've never had a problem with an Allis or Agco tech, not equiped for the job. I have had other brand techs on the farm, they weren't bad but alot more costly, and no faster. Different areas different dealers.
That my friend is the answer to a lot of arguments on here. Your business is gained through the dealer. Without the dealer the company as a whole will fail, which is what has happened in a large portion of the corn belt.