Bluestar range...what would you do?
I live in NC. There is only one dealer in NC. It is located within 20 miles of where we are building. Many of you may remember about a month ago when I went to their showroom to see it in person for the first time. Although I was pretty excited over the industrial look, when I posted pictures of their floor model, folks on this forum told me that it looked dusty and not too well cared for. I did like the showroom in all other respects and since it was my first "live" bluestar, I didn't realize it wasn't supposed to look like that.
Well fast forward a month later. In order for my contractor to give us a fair and realistic bid, he wanted me to get a price on the range. I call them up today and they want $8198.30 for the range, $715.10 for the 6 inch backguard, $200 for three wheels. To that add tax at 6.75% and $200 freight charge plus an undetermined delivery amount bringing the total of the range to slightly over $10,000 for our 48 inch RNB range. These were contractor's prices and not retail. A licensed contractor would have to place the order to get these prices. At the same time I am on the phone to the sales rep I am looking at AJMadison's website. I asked the rep if he would match the online price to which he quickly laughed a big fat no! When I hung up my husband called the online company and got a quote from them. The entire quote for the identical product including delivery was OVER $2000 LESS!
What should I do? I had read here that BlueStar company doesn't like for you to deal with non local companies. I'm pretty sure that any service work would have to be subbed out by someone in my town regardless of where I bought the range. The expensive showroom is not in my town but about 20-30 minutes away. $2000!!!! Isn't that a pretty significant difference? Am I really trapped into buying "locally?" Geez....for $2000 I could buy a heck of a warranty on the thing, couldn't I?