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It’s Time for a Change in How We Determine Equipment Values

[Author: Tom Junge, 07.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, Equipment Values, Change] Not too many years ago (maybe 5 or 6 years), dealers used the “Official Trade-In Guide” to determine the value of equipment. Depending on the condition of the equipment, dealers primarily used Retail Price or Trade Premium. When the ag industry boomed, trade-in… Read More »

Changing Times: Require Dealers to Change Business Practices

Changing Times: Require Dealers to Change Business Practices

[Author: Tom Junge, 05.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, Change] During my visits with dealers, many have brought up the old saying ìbad habits are learned in good times.î Dealers are starting to recognize that they have developed bad habits or ignored good business practices during the robust years of the ag economy. Many are… Read More »

Remembering “the 80s”

Remembering “the 80s”

[Author: Tom Junge, 03.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, The 80s] Most dealers agree that ag conditions today are not the same as they were in the 1980s due to lower interest rates and lower farm debt. However, dealers continue to debate whether or not the farmerís need to own equipment has been satisfied today more… Read More »

Iowa Sales Tax: Extended warranty

[Author: Tom Junge, 01.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, Extended Warranty] With the influx of extended warranty sales by dealers (John Deere PowerGard, Case Protection Plan, New Holland Purchased Protection Plans and AGCO Protection) and the number of calls I have received from dealers since this topic was mentioned in the November Retailer, I felt… Read More »