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Old 01-11-2013, 05:29 PM
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Tips on buying from the dealer

Hello, new member and first time poster and future Polaris owner.

I am in the market to buy a new 2013 or 2012 Sportsman 850 or 550 EFI with EPS this spring. I live in SW Michigan and currently see a "12 550 with EPS listed at $6799 at a local dealer and a "12 850 XP HO with EPS for $7800 or $7300 w/ 200 miles at a dealer 2 hrs away. I'm not really focused on the 550 or 850 as I think either one will meet my needs of snow plowing and about 1200 miles a year trail riding. The used market around here is very limited for these models so going to the dealer is probably my only option.

I don't think the prices above are bad and have a feeling there is very little mark up on them. I know what I want for options just not decided on 550 or 850 and 2013 or 2012. I do plan on taking a day or two in March to begin my shopping adventure to several dealers to have my new machine by April.

My question is, what market up to dealers have on these machines that are current year models (2013) or last years model leftovers? Looking for advice on when to walk away and when to continue to talk to the salesperson.

Thank you for your help and waiting for April to be able to go out again for another year.

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Old 01-11-2013, 05:43 PM
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Compared to here in Ontario those prices are amazing.

My best advise is to do ALL the research on your own before you walk in to a dealer because in my experience talking with sales reps is they are not very informed about what they sell.

When I was looking for an ATV it took about a year before I committed, I knew I wanted the 550 or the 500 can-am...those were my only 2 choices. I waited a couple model years and bought a 550 in march of 2011 when my local dealer had a $2100 rebate which made it close to your cost south of the boarder. There was really no room to haggle and frankly it was a fair price from what I had been seeing over the course of the year.

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:09 PM
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I remember blueline saying they did not make a lot of money on the atv, but do on accesories.

I whored around deciding and pricing before I bought mine, even priced an hour or more away. I decided the local dealer was the way to go, and because of that, get discounts on accesories.

That is an awesome price for a 550, jump on it if it is still there.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:22 PM
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can i ask what dealers you are getting these prices from?

i live near st johns and want to know why i overpayed for my quad
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:38 PM
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The 550 (which I own) has a considerably rougher idle than the 850. Smooths out as soon as you increase rpms though.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:06 PM
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I am just going by what is posted online by the dealers in Kalamazoo and Brighton. Waiting to purchase till March because Michigan starts new ORV registration April 1st and any warrenty would start upon purchase, which will give me coverage through the summer. Another thing to consider, my last ATV purchase Michigan allowed a tax exemption for "farm use", that would help also.

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i would try nelsons speed shop in greenville they have really low prices
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I just recieved a 2013 Sportsman 550 (for christmas from my fiancie) for $7600 out the door. So either she got hosed on the price or MI has a really good prices.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:07 PM
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Hello, new member and first time poster and future Polaris owner.

I am in the market to buy a new 2013 or 2012 Sportsman 850 or 550 EFI with EPS this spring. I live in SW Michigan and currently see a "12 550 with EPS listed at $6799 at a local dealer and a "12 850 XP HO with EPS for $7800 or $7300 w/ 200 miles at a dealer 2 hrs away. I'm not really focused on the 550 or 850 as I think either one will meet my needs of snow plowing and about 1200 miles a year trail riding. The used market around here is very limited for these models so going to the dealer is probably my only option.

I don't think the prices above are bad and have a feeling there is very little mark up on them. I know what I want for options just not decided on 550 or 850 and 2013 or 2012. I do plan on taking a day or two in March to begin my shopping adventure to several dealers to have my new machine by April.

My question is, what market up to dealers have on these machines that are current year models (2013) or last years model leftovers? Looking for advice on when to walk away and when to continue to talk to the salesperson.

Thank you for your help and waiting for April to be able to go out again for another year.
Haven't heard many bad things about the '12s other then the hard cold starts and exhaust melting the plastic under the seat. IMO for 1k more you can get an 850 with EPS, I'd pull the trigger on the 850.
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STEALERSHIPS got me on the first ATV but after that-they didn't. Learned one important lesson-THE PRICE OUT THE DOOR. That is where I made my made my frist mistake at and they had me hooked!! It was the tagged on fees is what got me and so now! I call the dealers and have them compete for the out the door price and as far accessories, Internet is the greatest source for the lowest price!!
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