Polaris ATV Legend
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Washington State
I use to work at a dealer, so I'll chime in.
First, it can't hurt to ask. We had a similar situation, no place for a good test ride.
There is one big hurdle for you and the dealer to get over, and for both of you that is liability. People are freaking sue happy beyond belief, this is a million dollar lawsuit waiting to happen.
On the dealers side, they have to justify the costs of caring insurance to protect themselves, and their equipment. Somebody test rides their machine on your property and tears the machine up, they have to replace it. They also could be liable for medical expenses if the person was riding their machine.
You have liability on your end. Some customer is test riding a new 850, gets crazy on the throttle and winds up in the hospital with a broken neck, legally you could be on the hook, it's your property. I dont agree with people suing and winning in these types of situations, but the reality is people do.
It won't hurt to bring it up. I also wouldn't be surprised if they turn down the offer. Actually, I'd expect it. It might be hard to convince them they will hook that many more sales by the use of your land. They might be willing to let a few sales walk away because they don't have a test ride area than to carry the risk and the insurance.
Our dealership sat right next to an entire city lot that was empty and for sale, and not one time did our owner even consider trying to lease or rent that unused land for a test ride area.
And if it does happen, make sure you get a good lawyer to draft up a detailed contract. Don't do this on a gentlemens handshake. THere is far too much money and liability tied up in this.
Let us know.