While doing pricing research on the next Snowmobile Blue Book, I am surprised
by the latest data. I am not sure how to interpret the data that says that,
on average, Arctic Cat's are retaining a higher percentage of purchase price
for model years 1991-1996 than are Polaris models. Previous research
indicated the opposite. Did Polaris dealers get stuck with more non-current
inventory and did dumping sleds at under cost affect older years as well?
Maybe there have been more distress sales than usual since last January.
Maybe there are more distressed Polaris owners than there are Arctic
owners. Research is based on hundreds of Snowmobiles for sale in classifieds,
at auction, as well as followup calls to classified advertisers to see if
they sold their sled and for how much. Many calls are made to dealers as
well to discuss overall market conditions and specific sales.
Clymer Blue Book
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