Has anyone done a powersport vehicle dealership shop?

There's one up on the board for tomorrow, with a bonus attached. I've never done one before, but this location always seems hard to fill, and unlike some of the other shops at that dealership, I haven't "aged" out of this one.

They "say" the shop should take only about 30 minutes, but I'm assuming that's on site; not sure how long the report would take. There's no negotiation, no test drive. It's for a UTV, and you have to evaluate the dealership and the salesperson's presentation.

It actually does sound kind of fun, more so than a car shop, and I can present a scenario that's pretty true to life, so I think I'd be comfortable with it. Just not sure it's worth it... LOL. They're taking offers, but since I don't do much work for this MSC, I'd probably take it at the base fee plus the listed bonus. Or maybe ask for, like, $5 more. Not sure. If it's a PITA shop, I'd definitely make an offer instead of self-assigning.

TIA!

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I have done many. Golf carts, motorcycles, etc. It's a lot of fun. I did four shops one block from the other and received $25 for each one. A quick $100 and lots of fun.
I did a UTV shop the other day. I was there for about 20 minutes. the salesperson was very low pressure. I made sure to have a plausible back-story, and I looked at the dealer's web site in advance to see what model tey sold. Of the three permitted models, they only sold one of them. And they did not have one in stock. Even if they had, I think 30 minutes would have been a reasonable estimate. The report is easy. Be sure to take a photo of the exterior and to get a business card (or at least a full name). I will do more, but dealers are spares.

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Thanks! They sound worth the $35 that they're at right now.

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I've done two different types for two different MSCs. I don't know if I call them "fun" because I know nothing about UTV or four-wheelers, but the shops are quick (well, 20 mins if you can call that quick). I suppose if the dealer had more than one model of the brand it could take longer. One job is researching a particular brand, the other is to ensure the dealer is not selling larger engines to 16-year-olds and under. The reports are heavy on dialog.
I've done a lot of them and I really enjoy them. The bonuses are a plus. I always wonder though if the salesmen are really buying the scenario that a 40-something, plus-size woman is out looking for a UTV... But if they are, hand me my Oscar now!
Very easy, I've done several of these this month in two states. Just have an objection that is not price related or dependent upon consulting someone else.

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I've done a few. For the MSC I dealt with, they were similar to an auto dealership, but with many fewer details to remember. The report was about medium difficulty. I recommend researching the assigned vehicle in advance. You don't want to ask leading questions, but you do want to seem knowledgeable enough to come off as a serious buyer
I've done jet skis and four wheeled vehicles (not four wheelers) for the same MSC and would do them again in a heartbeat. Low pressure and reasonable report.

Just have a back story preparted. There is also one where you have to ask about a larger four wheeler for a 15 year old. Those are easy too. Supposed to be 16 to drive a larger four wheeler.
I might be wrong, but I suspect that this might only be true for street-legal vehicles. Some of these are, some of these aren't. I have no idea what rules apply if they are not street-legal.
@ceasesmith wrote:

In Nebraska, just has to be a licensed driver.

You can get a license here at 13.......

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Plenty of women, big and small ride these where I live. (Rural AB

@Cece-sasktel wrote:

I've done a lot of them and I really enjoy them. The bonuses are a plus. I always wonder though if the salesmen are really buying the scenario that a 40-something, plus-size woman is out looking for a UTV... But if they are, hand me my Oscar now!


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I had one where the vehicle was still on the shipping pallet covered up. The sales person told me about it, just couldn't see it. I still got paid.
@mystery2me wrote:

I recommend researching the assigned vehicle in advance. You don't want to ask leading questions, but you do want to seem knowledgeable enough to come off as a serious buyer

Oh, I definitely plan on doing that preparation. Would never do any kind of product shop without doing some research on the product.... Thanks for the feedback on the degree of difficulty! (I'm making it sound like a dive instead of a shop...)

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BirdyC, the guidelines provide information for your scenario. Depending upon the shop, you might need to haul stuff, transport peeps, or test integrity. You or they might mention a winch and snow, critters that you get while hunting, etc. Even if you live alone, do not live on a ranch, do not hunt, do not have kids. already have cleared your property in advance of building something, or otherwise have no need of the vehicle, there are all kinds of reasons to have an ATV or UTV. There is one caution for shoppers who are temperature-sensitive. Some locations keep the vehicles outdoors. For these places, you might go early in the day when it is hot and in the middle of the day when it is cold.

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I was able to get the shop and it looks pretty straightforward. In reality, we've been looking at property with a very large wooded lot that we'd need to partially clear, so I can play the scenario pretty convincingly, I think.

Coming up with the objection will take some thought, but might be easier once I see the vehicle "in person."

Thanks to everyone for the feedback on this; I feel much more comfortable doing it now.

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What? No power windows? Even my old car has those!

There is no windshield. What about little rocks that fly up off the path? They could hit me while I am driving.

There are no doors. These little mesh thingies won't block the harsh winds (relevant to me, maybe only to me).

I will be using my tools. There is no place for them.

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Can I add a winch, snow plow or other accessory? Can I add an enclosure for the cab portion? Does it have a heater for winter use or can I add one? Does it have a towing hitch? How much towing capacity does it have and how much is a trailer for the UTV?

Does the back (cargo area) have a dumping mechanism? If it's a manual process can it be motorized?
@Cece-sasktel wrote:

I've done a lot of them and I really enjoy them. The bonuses are a plus. I always wonder though if the salesmen are really buying the scenario that a 40-something, plus-size woman is out looking for a UTV... But if they are, hand me my Oscar now!

When I do them, I limp and ask if I can sit in it, because "ever since that car wreck walking around my property is tough." Seems to get me extra solicitous service. smiling smiley
You all are a fountain of ideas for this; thank you! I thought about the no-windshield objection, but that's all I could come up with....

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
Birdy, what I do is: salesperson (I actually got a female twice! I loved it!) hands me a brochure....I flip through it..."Wow -- I didn't realize you had so many options. I've gotta think about this, choose which options I want. Thanks so much!"
I’ve done several especially when I travel. I do know a bit about them but not much. For a first timer study up on the websites before going.
@ceasesmith wrote:

Birdy, what I do is: salesperson (I actually got a female twice! I loved it!) hands me a brochure....I flip through it..."Wow -- I didn't realize you had so many options. I've gotta think about this, choose which options I want. Thanks so much!"

Actually that one wouldn't work or didn't for my first one. Report sent back. Good thing I tape all my encounters, actually had two objections the other worked.

A Dad shopping the Ark-LA-Tex and beyond.
I had two objections, too, and she overcame one with a strong argument. So I'm glad I did that! I figure it's realistic to have more than one objection if price isn't an object, and it's not supposed to be during this shop.

I wanted one by the time I left the dealership! LOL.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
Wow. I'm surprised. But when my objection was the options, I was extremely careful not to mention the price/cost of the options, merely that they had so many that were cool that I needed to think about which ones I was most interested in. And the sales(person, LOL ) walked me around and demonstrated the various options so thoroughly that I did, indeed, want every available option, LOL! Some I physically could not handle, and the on-site demonstration showed that very clearly. I wasn't strong enough to move some of the "latches", which pretty well eliminated getting that option. I actually could not open and close the doors on the fully-rigged one -- I have severe arthritis in my hands, and actually could NOT open or close the doors. I put all this detail in the report, and perhaps that's what they accepted as an objection. I don't know, because they never sent a single report back for any reason.

If all else fails, you can inquire about safety. These things aren't toys, and people die every year when they roll over.

I do recall one when I said, after sitting on one, that I just didn't feel safe.

But then, I'd only really feel safe in a Hummer -- and then I'd be worried about carjackers!

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@ShoppingDad wrote:

@ceasesmith wrote:

Birdy, what I do is: salesperson (I actually got a female twice! I loved it!) hands me a brochure....I flip through it..."Wow -- I didn't realize you had so many options. I've gotta think about this, choose which options I want. Thanks so much!"

Actually that one wouldn't work or didn't for my first one. Report sent back. Good thing I tape all my encounters, actually had two objections the other worked.
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Ive did one.I thought it was quite easy even though I was very nervous about doing it since iam over 65 ,it was for a UTV that made it more beliveable than an ATV.

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Once in a while they want a written quote also even if handwritten check guidelines. And bus card.
I've done a few and really don't like them at all. I'm in a rural area and the salesperson is always the same person. I've obviously never purchased from them so I find it hard to go in looking for the newest model, going through all the hoopla making them think I'm truly interested and then walking out. I seriously feel like such a fraud and that I'm surely pegged as the mystery shopper. Also, my shops always take an hour or longer. Definitely not worth it to me for $35. I always hold out until they are paying $125 which sometimes takes 6-12 months!
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