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 04-22-2001, 16:12 Post: 27089
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On another thread, (New Holland TC45D Price) Mike K. was looking at the back of his warranty sheet where it said: I quote "Repairs or replacements will be performed by the SELLING DEALER, following deliver of the product by the PURCHASER to the dealers place of business. When the purchaser has moved a LONG DISTANCE from the selling dealer or the selling dealer is no longer in business, any New Holland dealer authorized to sell and service the described products may perform the repair at its dealership." I know some of the members here enjoy doing long-distance price shopping. Will this sort of restrictive warranty change anyone's mind about where they buy? Do other brand names of tractors or implements have the same sort of "selling dealer" warranty clause?






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 04-22-2001, 16:36 Post: 27091
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Roger, doesn't sound like the John Deere warranty on the 42-4400 has the same limitations to "selling dealer" as the New Holland warranty quoted by Mike K. From page 174 of the model year 2000 JD 4200-4400 owners manual: "You are responsible for presenting your utility or lawn and garden equipment to an authorized John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer as soon as a problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days." And from page 175 of the same manual: "Warranty service shall be provided during customary business hours at any authorized John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer located within the United States of America." Sounds like John Deere does not allow "service blackmail" by its dealers, while the New Holland wording seems to promote it. John Deere even states in its warranty a time limit on the warranty repair. How about Kubota?






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 04-22-2001, 16:44 Post: 27092
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The more I think about this, the more I would consider the warranty wording of the New Holland before buying one. What if I buy a TC35D from my local dealer down the street, and then become dissatisfied with his service or whatever? The NH warranty effectively forces me to continue to do business with that dealership if I want warranty service on my tractor. Makes me a captive customer. Severely limits my free market choice. It's downright anti-American. (That last statement was tongue-in-cheek.) Seriously, that New Holland wording sounds like a warranty that protects the dealerships more than it protects the consumer.






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 04-22-2001, 17:39 Post: 27094
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Jeff, we may not be looking at equivalent situations. Mike is quoting from the NH "warranty agreement" - an actual contract that has to be signed when you take delivery of the tractor.
I think you are quoting from a more general statement of warranty policy in the JD owner's manual...I don't know that the documents would be equal. Maybe some lawyer can tell us that.
Hmmm.... I agree that what we have so far doesn't look so good.....but also think we should slow down here. Most importantly -and before we take another step - I would like someone else to confirm whether or not what Mike K. reported is typical wording on the NH warranty. I'd like some more info. After all, Mike K's last name could be "Kubota" for all we know right now.... Smile






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 04-22-2001, 18:24 Post: 27095
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My Kubota Owner's Warranty Guide says: "...Kubota recommends that you take your equipment to the dealer from whom it was purchased, for the warranty repair. If that is inconvenient, it may be taken to any authorized Kubota dealer. However, the dealer's own customers may have priority."






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 04-22-2001, 18:38 Post: 27096
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Slow down guys.

I dont think New Holland is trying to force you to do business with a dealer you dont want to. I'm sure if you have a problem with a local dealer or for that matter with the dealer that you bought the tractor from then another dealer would take care of you. I am also sure that if another dealer wanted to perform repairs under warranty for a machine that they did not sell then they can. But most of you are saying that a dealer is obligated just because they are a dealer. The truth be known the dealer is not obligated.
Roger did you have to start another thread. I thought we could go for the record of the most responses on one thread.

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 04-22-2001, 18:59 Post: 27097
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Roger, very good points you make. I just checked the warranty stated on the back of my purchase order for the JD4400. The only statement relevent to this discussion is: "To secure warranty service, purchaser must (1) report the product defect to an authorized dealer and request repair within the applicable warranty term, (2) present evidence of the warranty start date and (3) make the product available to the dealer or service center within a reasonable period of time." There is no mention of having to use the selling dealer or even a Kubota-like recommendation that you should use the selling dealer. Based on the information shared so far (and assuming it is all accurate), my view is that the NH warranty protects the dealers more, the JD warranty protects the consumers more, and the Kubota warranty adroitly straddles the fence. Another point is that the JD warranty states that the purchaser is responsible for transportation to/from the dealership for warranty service, as would be expected. As I stated before, the dealer I bought from transports my machine 45-60 minutes each way for warranty or for-fee service at no charge. To me, this is one of the extras that will keep me a happy customer and I consider my reward for buying from him. I still think any authorized dealer of a brand should honor service and warranty work on that brand. Provide additional service or enhanced service to your loyal buying customers as opposed to denying service to those who bought elsewhere. Carrot vs the stick. You'll be ahead in the long-run.






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 04-22-2001, 19:12 Post: 27098
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Mike Kubota (cute, I like that), I agree that it seems that the truth is that a NH dealer is not obligated to repair the New Holland brand, but the JD and Kubota warranties certainly imply that all their dealers are obligated to repair the brands they sell, not just the particular machines they sold. If you are a paying customer, which policy sounds better to you? If I buy a tractor 5 hours away and then that dealer goes out of business, it sounds like I might have to go from dealer to dealer begging for service, even a warranty repair. I can see where this helps to land dealers for your brand, but please try to explain how this is good for the consumer.






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 04-22-2001, 19:28 Post: 27099
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I think if you were at that dealer a couple of months before getting prices on a tractor and then show up looking to get warranty on a tractor that you purchased elsewhere then I'm sure you are going to have a long wait if that dealers shop is busy and they in fact agree to perform the work. i think most dealers would be more sympathetic if you moved into the area or if the dealer with whom you purchased the tractor from went out of business. I dont think this problem is privy only to New Holland. I think you will find this problem at most any dealer regaurdless of the color of tractor they sell and regaurdless of what the warranty paperwork says. Lets be realistic. Car dealers make money off warranty. Tractor dealers loose money on warranty repairs.






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Well,
I can speak for experience,I bought my JD 4400 at a dealer about 40 miles away from where I live,and I had several problems with the tractor and there is another JD dealer a little closer to my home and they told me it said John Deere on it and they would be obligated to fix it and they kept there word,they worked me right in just the same as if I had bought the tractor from them,and guess what my next tractor I buy I will go to this dealer instead,because of the way the have treated me and the fact they are closer to me,there is still a small leak and they are assuring me they want to get the tractor back up there to make it right.I am very pleased the way JD has treated me.






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