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post #1 of 13 Old 02-06-2016, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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I've been lurking on here since December soaking up all the knowledge that I could from here. That has helped me to decide on buying a Deluxe 24" as it has the features and power that should work out great for my property. My dilemma is that now that I have decided what I want, I can't find it locally. My dealer called and had the surrounding states checked for inventory and as it is late in the season there are none to be found. He is reluctance to order one from the factory as the costs to him are very close to the profit he makes on the sale. So my options are:

1: order from dealer and pay the $75 freight charge
2: wait for fall and then purchase from dealer (might be able to take advantage of the extended warranty offer from Ariens if they do it again.
3: Purchase from an online company and have it delivered to my house (no tax/shipping)
4: search for a used machine

I'm tired of shoveling snow, but my gut feeling is to buy from a local dealer and support the dealer. Then if I have any issues they would better take care of me. I would rather wait until the fall so I don't pay the freight but then it is a gamble with how how much snow I might get until then....

So I think #2 is the option I'm going to go with for now. I prefer to have a new machine as I will keep it for (hopefully) decades.

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From what you're saying, #2 sounds like the best option.

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Option 5; Wait until this spring, take your time and find a REALLY good deal on a used machine. Many of the older machines are, at least, as good as the new ones. Save a few bucks.
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You could buy a used one now and then in the fall buy new .After you get the new one, sell the used one for what you paid for it.

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These rigs are so easy to work on, that if your mechanically inclined , you can keep a used one running for years. I recently bought a 1992 ST1032 for $150 to replace (handed it down to my Dad) my 1972 824.

After the initial $150 about $75 in parts, paint, and a coupla hours labor. I've got a bigger, newer machine that will prolly out last me.

I recently had a guy give me another 1990's 824 with no engine. I'll plug away at it thru the summer. Prolly end up with $200-300 to restore it.
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1. Have you checked out the local dealer's reputation? Some are better than others. If he's got a good rep, by all means, support him. If he's one that believes everything is your fault, maybe think again.

2. If you wait for fall, the price will be at the high point, new season, no sales. You might save 75 on freight, but pay list for the machine. Who knows about extended warranty next year. Maybe yes, maybe no.

3. Online company, might be cheaper, but if it needs warranty work, the local dealer might put you at the bottom of the list, once again, goes back to his reputation.

4. If you buy buy used, you could get a gem for less money, or a pig in a poke, and either way, no warranty.

Depends on how handy you are and if you are willing to look after it yourself, Check out the model you are thinking about and make sure parts are readily available. Review Donyboy73 video on buying a used snowblower to see what to look for. Don't buy it without looking at it hard and in detail.

As was suggested, you could resell a good unit next fall, and buy the machine of your dreams if you don't like the used one.

Just giving some other points to consider here, not going to make a recommendation.

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1. Have you checked out the local dealer's reputation? Some are better than others. If he's got a good rep, by all means, support him. If he's one that believes everything is your fault, maybe think again.

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A good point ^^^^^ Not all dealers are equal .

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Great suggestions by all. The dealer does have a good reputation so if I do go new that would be the preferred way to go.

I do all my own maintenance on cars/motorcycles/ATV's & such so working on a snowblower wouldn't be out of my ability range. I have been looking online a little for used machines but haven't run across one yet that has caught my eye.
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My recommendation is to wait until next fall. They always run a sale to jump start ssles, and you'll get the latest design. (This assumes that there will not be any major snows in the end of this season).
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