The Best Time to Buy a Lawn Mower for Maximum Savings

How to Save the Most When Buying a New Lawn Mower

Man mowing and woman watering lawn. Stephen Simpson

Most seasonal items are available at the deepest discounts when demand is the lowest, and lawn mowers are no exception. Therefore, the best time to buy a lawn mower is September and into early fall, after the busy summer season has ended. 

Why September Is the Best Time to Buy a Lawn Mower

Lawn mowers take up a lot of space on the sales floor. Once mowing season is over, all those leftover mowers need to go.

Which makes the start of autumn the best time to pick up a new lawn mower at the best price. 

Other Ways to Save on a Lawn Mower Purchase

If you need a new lawn mower and can't wait for end-of-season deals, consider purchasing a mower by mid-May. Many retailers have 30-day low-price guarantees, so if the price drops during a Memorial Day or Father’s Day sale, you could go back to the store for a price adjustment.

Another way to save is to negotiate the purchase price down from the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). Many retailers will work with you, especially if you are buying a large-ticket item or if you are also looking at some accessories or ancillary products. Keep an eye out for "10% Off Any Item" promotions offered by many big-box home centers. Even if you have to sign up for a new credit card, it may save you enough money to be worth it. 

Purchasing a Used Lawn Mower

You can save a significant amount of money by purchasing a used rather than new unit.

For a two-to-three-year-old mower that's in good condition, expect to pay no more than 60-70% of the retail price. It's best to stick with popular, well-reviewed brands and models, so you know what you're getting. You'll want to make sure that the used lawn mower doesn't require costly repairs that would outweigh any potential savings.

If you are purchasing from a dealer, ask what work, if any, the shop has already done to the mower, why the previous owner sold it, and whether there is any kind of warranty (a 30-day warranty is common). If you are buying from an individual, ask whether the owner has kept any paperwork on the mower, such as the original receipt and any service records. This will give you a good idea of how the mower has performed.

If this information is not available, or you are uncertain, you may want to have it looked at by a local dealer or shop. Ask them to check if any parts need to be replaced and whether the unit's oil has been changed regularly. A well maintained used lawn mower can offer plenty of years of service for a fraction of the price. 

Keep Saving on Your Lawn Mower

To continue to enjoy savings on your lawn mower, make sure you take good care of it. Regular oil changes, air filter replacements, and annual servicing will ensure that your mower operates efficiently and for many years to come.