While equipment sales remain slow for most in the drought-stricken areas, service departments are still seeing regular maintenance and minor repairs. The only upside is the lack of urgency from customers who have to deal with shop delays.
"The service department has remained busy and we are far behind. People still bring stuff in for service but they aren’t treating it urgently," explains Geneene Bremer, assistant manager at Hoyer Outdoor Equipment in Brookport, IL. "We appreciate the breather from them in the service department, but unfortunately it doesn’t help the cash flow any."
Florida has seen some relief as Tropical Storm Debby soaked much of the state over a week in late June. While the northern part of the state saw extreme amounts of moisture, the southern part of the state was hit by multiple tornadoes. Like much of the weather, dealers will have to wait and see how sales and service will be impacted once the moisture fades away and a possible early fall hits.