Joe, your being a bit hard on FPT.. They have dealers on the East and the West coast already and are slowly moving themselves into the middle America.. Regardless of if the guy you need is next door the parts have to be there as well and UPS or FED Ex are what can make that happen.. Of course, not needing those parts in the first place is key.
FPT has priced themselves under the competition and have brought a good product to market so I say give them a chance. A few years ago Yanmar had everyone by the balls and now CMD has changed that in a relative short period of time. FPT can only help the consumer as well.