You do not need to be an expert to buy a used garden tractor; you just need to have a lot of common sense. You also do not need to know the jargon, just read the article, and you will know everything that you need to know.
Buy An OldGarden Tractor – Save Lot Of money
Buying an old tractor is just like buying an old car, you know what you want and you will get it in the market at your cost, without knowing the technicalities and the jargon. Just firm up your requirement follow the steps given below and you a winner all the way.
Know the capacity of your garden tractor. Know what tasks your tractor is going to do for you. You of course know the size of your garden and the work you will have to do with your garden tractor.
Depending upon the size and variety of jobs that you want done in your garden, select 2 or 3 model of tractor from a variety of new models. Firm up the HP requirement, and the cutting width of garden tractor.
Think of the attachments that you would like to have with your garden tractor. Snow thrower, rototillers etc are powered through Power take off (PTO). Go through the details of the attachments. Usually you will get an idea of power requirement from the literature of the attachments. This will also help you further in determining the model you have in mind.
Find out what is model number of a new tractor that fits your bill.
Firm up our budget. Find out how much you are ready for buying an old tractor. The minimum and the maximum you require to spend on old tractor can vary from $1000 to $3,000. Therefore, firm up the money you are able to spend. It not need not be an exact amount,just have a range and be ready to have some flexibility.
Survey For Market Availability – Search Before You buy
After you have firmed up your requirement, zeroed on a particular model of garden tractor and found out the other equivalents in the market, this is the time to have a survey of market.
The speed with which the used tractors are sold in old tractor market is not the same as you see it car market. An old tractor you like in is most likely to be there for sale next week too and possibly for next month also. Speed is important here, but you get more time in deciding your probable purchase.
Once you have s zeroed on your choices, go on to test the available model and the conditions in which it is available in market. Here you can match your budget with the asking price and decide on the tractor you are going to buy.
Before finally buying have a check on the following factors of all the models that you have zeroed in on.
See thecondition of the engine. Ask the dealer to start the engine and test drive the vehicle. Since you drive you car day in and day out, you will know if there is any problem in power transmission. Check the maintenance record of tractor. This will give you the idea of the conditions in which you are buying the tractor
Examine the body of the tractor that you intend to buy. The dings, nicks will be evident on close examination of body.
Check the operation of attachments that come with the model you wish to purchase. Insist on checking the attachments in working condition. Get a cold demonstration of attachments.
Have this check all on the units you intend to buy and select your choice of model
Haggle, Bargain, Bring The Price Down
The price that the dealer is quoting is not like the sticker price on a new vehicle. Usually there is a margin for reduction in price. Know why the owner is selling the tractor. This will give you a better idea of the margin that the seller has on the equipment. Point out what you may have to spend on bringing the tractor to its original condition. This will also help in bringing the price down.
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