What Does "Grey Market" Really Mean
The term "grey market" has been around a long time. According to Wikipedia "The grey market (or gray market) refers to the flow of goods through distribution channels other than those authorized or intended by the manufacturer or producer.
"Unlike those on the black market, grey market goods are not illegal. Instead, they are being sold outside of normal distribution channels by companies which may have no relationship with the producer of the goods. Frequently this occurs when the price of an item is significantly higher in one country than another..."
According to The Small Tractor FAQ A grey market tractor is simply a used tractor, usually a compact diesel, imported from another country, usually Japan. "Demand for compact diesel tractors is quite high and grey market tractors are becoming a popular option for an increasing number of tractor buyers." The entire page at the above link is worth reading. It concludes "The bottom line is, as always, that the buyer should beware. If you choose to purchase a grey market tractor, consider the above issues carefully and make sure you have an independent dealer who can support you for the forseeable future. If you are shopping for a used tractor, be very sure of what you are buying.”
So what does "Grey Market" really mean? It can mean an exceptional value for you, the consumer....or it can mean a waste of your hard earned dollars if you choose a dealer who can not or will not support your purchase. It all depends on which way you go. Which way? UTDA! The first incorporated organization to provide a nationwide network of support for grey market tractors.
Why would you buy your used Japanese compact tractor from anyone but a UTDA member?