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This is article 2 of 3 in our How to Avoid Buyer's Remorse When Purchasing a Turf UTV.
When you’re searching for a new UTV, the vendor you purchase from is just as important as selecting the right fit model. Finding a vendor with trained transportation solutions experts can help you plan a more effective fleet and preempt problems in the years ahead.
What does a Quality UTV Vendor look like?
There are many important things your vendor of choice should already do or at least be able to do if asked. Make sure your vendor:
Two-wheel drive vehicles that accommodate an optional automatic limited slip differential, like this Carryall #, can work in areas usually reserved for 4x4s without damaging turf. Yet they cost considerably less than four-wheel drive vehicles. Add link to LSD video to electronic version.
Identify and Work with Trained Transportation Experts
At the same time you’re looking at vendors, pay special attention to their sales professionals. They can help you:
Look for a knowledgeable and seasoned sales team that has worked on scores of courses and is familiar with creative solutions to common and uncommon problems.
Don’t assume all sales professionals have this knowledge and experience. Some manufacturers, including Club Car, invest much more in training their sales forces, and maintain a more experienced staff than others.
Learn How to Work With Your Sales Professional
Once you’ve selected a vehicle supplier and sales professional, you’ll want to leverage their expertise.
Form a committee comprised of course management personnel who understand your big-picture goals, mechanics with hands-on knowledge of utility vehicles, and your sales professional to review your existing resources and plan your new fleet. Work with them to:
Have the committee inventory and determine the condition of your current utility fleet, vehicle by vehicle. That will help you decide which vehicles you need to eliminate, replace, or reposition.
Using this information, and working with your internal team members, your sales professional will right-size each vehicle and develop an effective overall fleet plan.
The plan should include safety equipment and accessories, pricing, leasing options, and detailed warranty information. It should also suggest eliminating full-size vehicles when appropriate, and factor in vehicle sharing among departments when feasible.
If you’re interested in learning how Club Car can provide the solution for your need, start by building your own UTV fleet here!
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