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Landlocked posted 01-16-2002 12:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for Landlocked   Send Email to Landlocked  
After spending the day talking to just about every Merc. dealer in the Nashville area, I finally called Bass Pro - just to compare prices. I was amazed at how helpful the marine manager there was. I was also amazed at how much cheaper they were selling motors for.

Bass Pro Price for an unrigged Merc 90 - in the box is $5,025. The cheapest dealer price I found was 5,700. For those interested, Bass Pro is selling the Merc 75 for 4,702.

The manager even offered to have a technician help select cables/wiring harness to fit my boat and to adapt to the Morse shifter - no one else wanted to tackle that one.

Just thought those of you shopping for motors would be interested. I realize I could probably get one even cheaper by Contacting a Canadian dealer etc. But I would prefer to buy locally.


tuna1 posted 01-16-2002 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
Excellent info and advise for all,thanks.
lhg posted 01-16-2002 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have found that Mercury dealers (and probably competing brands) in areas where these Bass Pro Outdoor Adventure World stores exist, are forced to compete with these prices. I know of one such dealer who prices his engines $100 lower. But he's not happy about it! Their 4-stroke prices are equally good, about $1000 less than you'll pay for basically the same block Yamaha. The current 5 year factory warranty deal on these Merc 4-strokes, and Optimax's, is hard to beat. But I think it is VERY interesting that Mercury is not offering any "incentives" on the conventional 2-strokes. There must not be any shortage of buyers for these, since the price/satisfaction ratio must still be very high. Normally, you'd think the old smokey obsolete stuff is what would get the discounts, not the new high tech stuff. Something is wrong with this picture, caused by the EPA, which is going against the normal supply and demand situation.

So far, West Coast Dealers are safe from this discounting, as Bass Pro has not yet come farther west than Dallas TX.

Landlocked posted 01-16-2002 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     

The manager told me that they price their motors 5% under manufacturers invoice and then try to make their money back on rebates/incentives at years end.

I'm all for shopping with the little guy and I avoid Wal-mart like the plaige.

Everyone has their price though - $700 is a bit more than I can ignore for the sake of principles!


Kelly posted 01-18-2002 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I also think that due to the Tracker and other lines of boats that Bass Pro sells that in number of units, they are right up there at the top as far as Mercury motor sales. It also seems that they are willing to pass the same prices that they use for boat packages, or very close, on to the customer. Kelly

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