I have had a lot of John Deere lawn tractors over the years . I started with a 317 went to a 381-720-750 and now a X-758 . I care for my stuff so when I trade I look or top dollar for my tractor .
Things have changed over the years a lot now the dealers are way bigger with 4/5 locations .
Now I am never sure of the owner or his overall business plan .
Two years go I was looking to trade my x-720 for a new x-750 . So I go to my local dealer that just sold out to a bigger dealer . The price was high and trade low not going to do that . That winter I got on the computer looking for a clean used x-750 and found little . Than looking at dealers in other states I found a dealer with a bunch of used x-750,s (10 or more) all with low hours as low as 25 hours . The next day I called and talked to a salesman (the only one) and ask why do you have all the low hour tractors and no one else does . He told me they sell to JD employees as they get a really big discount and they trade every year . So I sent pictures of my trade and talk to the salesman over the next three days . The dealership is 250 miles from home and it has to be a good deal for me to go . Bottom line I saved over $1,500.00 on a 2014 X-750 60 inch deck with the better seat 3pt hitch and 32 hours on it .
This spring the same salesman called to talk . I ended up trading the x-750 for a new x-758 with the MC-14 Bagger . In the end I paid far less got 300 bucks less for the x-750 than I paid on trade and a new x-758 and the mc-14 bagger the total I got the bagger free (over $2,000 at my local dealer) .
So if you look around and can spend a day driving to pickup the tractor you can find a good dealer to buy from .