Used Tractors For Sale
Purchasing used tractors for sale is a great way to save yourself some money over having to purchase one brand new. Before you set out to purchase a new-to-you tractor, though, you are going to want to make sure that you know exactly how much you need to pay in order to avoid paying more than what the tractor is worth. When you are using sites like eBay the general free market mentality tends to help you keep from paying too much, because most bidders will bow out of the auction before the prices get too high. However, if you get into a bidding war with another user it could easily cost you more than you wanted to pay because you were set on getting the tractor.
The Official Tractor Blue Book contains just about every make and model of tractor, as well as from a wide variety of years – usually since they were first built – to help you ensure that you are not going to be getting over your head when you start bidding on the auction. The Tractor Blue Book also contains lists of features that the specific years, makes, and models contain so that you know how the tractor that you are going to be bidding on compares to other tractors from the same year of manufacture.
If it is possible to see the tractors that you are bidding on in person you can prevent some of the problems from coming up after the purchase. You can contact the owners through eBay to determine whether or not you can setup an adequate time for both of you to get together and allow you to test drive the tractor. If you are able to test it before you actually purchase it you will want to put the tractor through a wide range of tests to make sure that there are no serious problems with the equipment.
You are also going to want to make sure that you write down any questions that you are going to have for the owners. If you do not take the time to write them down you may end up forgetting them by the time you get back to the computer to send the email, or when you show up on their land to test the tractor. Your questions should be used to determine the condition of the tractor and its working parts, as well as how the previous owner maintained the hydraulic systems, tires, and other systems. Their answers will help give you a better determination on whether or not the tractor has been cared for over the years.
Along with the list of questions that you will need to take with you, and ask through communications on eBay, you are going to also want to make sure that you have a list of the different jobs and tasks that you are going to perform with the tractor on your own land. This task list will help you determine whether or not the tractor is going to be up to snuff while you are working with it, or whether you are going to need a tractor with slightly higher horsepower, or different features.
The best scenario for buying a used tractor over the internet, especially from sites like eBay, is if you are able to visit in person to see the tractor. If you are, make sure to examine the amount of tread left on the tires, as well as the amount of working hours on it. If you are unable to examine the tractor in-person you are going to want to make sure that you ask the owner thorough questions to ensure that what you are bidding on is indeed a quality tractor that is going to run for you problem-free over the years.