Reality for me was that the Bobcat price was virtually the same as the Kioti price for the CT230/CK30.
But even though the Kioti dealer was 5 miles closer, the Bobcat dealer had a maintenance shop head and shoulders better than the Kioti dealer. Plus the sales rep for Bobcat is a next door neighbor and would drop off any parts or supplies I'd ordered on his way home rather than my having to make the round trip.