Best Time to Buy A Riding Lawnmower (Save $$$)

Two schools of thought exist and when is the best time to buy a riding lawnmower. Some experts say that early spring is the perfect time to purchase a riding mower because that is when the new models are out so you will have the best selection. Others say it’s best to wait until fall to get the best price.

To find out more about when is the best time to buy a riding lawnmower, read on.

Why should I buy a riding mower in the early spring?

Those who are brand conscious will find spring the right time to buy a riding mower because most of the popular brands will be picked over by summer. However, you will pay a premium price. One advantage to buying in the spring is that you are under the return policy and a warranty so if it doesn’t work well, you can return it.

When is the best time to buy a lawnmower?

According to Consumer Reports, the months of April, May, August, September, and October are all great times to buy, largely because stores put lawnmowers on sale before the season, around the summer holidays, and when the season is ending.
The only problem with buying a lawnmower as the season ends is that there will be less selection.

When do most lawnmowers go on sale?

Most lawnmower retailers put lawnmowers on sale around three primary summer holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Father’s Day. That doesn’t mean you will get the guaranteed lowest price compared to other times of the year, but you can be assured of a good stock to choose from and a sale price. 

Can I save money by purchasing a lawnmower in the winter?

Winter isn’t the best time to buy a lawnmower for several reasons. First, there is no real selection of mowers during the winter as stores push out all the popular modes during their end-of-season fall sale that typically begins around Labor Day in September. 

You are left with the terrifically expensive models that will see a little deduction in a sale price or those that aren’t as reliable or popular because they aren’t a name brand, are cheap, and maybe not as reliable. 

Is there one best time to buy a lawnmower?

Consumer experts agree the best time to buy a lawnmower is in the fall as the season is ending. Retailers don’t want to carry their lawn equipment inventory over winter for many reasons. 

  • They don’t have the room because holiday items will be coming in.
  • They will have the new lawnmower models coming in for the spring in late winter.
  • They have to pay taxes if they have equipment on their property at the end of the year.
  • There is still a wide variety of mowers to choose from in the fall so you can have your pick.

Are there any downsides to buying a lawnmower in the fall?

The one disadvantage to buying a lawnmower as the season is ending is that you won’t use it until spring. If there is something wrong with it, you won’t know until you use it and it could be out of warranty and is definitely out of the returned item time limit. 

It’s best to run a lawnmower a few minutes a day for a couple of weeks after you buy it to make sure it is in working order.

Can I negotiate the purchase of a lawnmower?

Negotiating the purchase price of a lawnmower can work under certain conditions. It works best if the lawnmower is a high-end mower and if you are dealing with a smaller store. 

You should start by asking to discount the retail price of the mower. Every mower has an MSRP price and that is your starting point. If they won’t negotiate the price, ask them to throw in an accessory or something else for the mower, like oil, for free.

Should I buy a used lawnmower?

Buying a used lawnmower is a tricky situation because there won’t be a warranty and you don’t know how much the mower was used. Worse than that, you don’t know how it was used. A lot of people tend to abuse their mowers, cutting down high weeds, cutting on hills, and may not have taken care of it properly.

If you are considering buying a used mower, ask to see maintenance records and have someone who knows mower engines take a look at it first.

How much could I save in buying a used mower?

You should be saving 60 to 70 percent on a used mower from the retail price.

Is there an advantage to buying during a summer sale?

There are many more mowers to choose from during the summer sales, but prices will still be higher than they will be in the fall sales. Whether to buy in summer depends on your need and your brand preferences.

What if the lawnmower I purchased goes on sale after I buy it?

There are 30-day price guarantees at many retailers. Keep your receipt. If your mower drops to a sale price within 30-days after purchase, take the receipt back to the store and get a price adjustment.

When can I buy a riding mower at the best price in the summer?

If you really need a new riding mower during the summer months, the best time to buy one is the week before Father’s Day. Retailers are getting in a wide selection then and offer awesome deals. The sales may not be the equivalent of post-season sales, but you will save money and have a good selection of name brands.

What is the one month for the best price for a riding lawnmower?

The best month to get the lowest discount for any lawnmower is going to be September. Retailers have to clear their floor for holiday items.

Does weather affect when mowers go on sale?

Yes, annual weather patterns force retailers to revolve their sales around the grass growing season and that can be different around the country. However, the summer holidays still remain the peak sales times.