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What Should I Consider When Buying a Used Lawn Tractor?

Amy Hunter
Amy Hunter

Buying a used lawn tractor is a great way to save money and get a great deal. There are some things to keep in mind while shopping for that perfect tractor. Careful shopping is important when shopping for a used tractor because you may have little recourse if something goes wrong with the tractor.

There are two basic ways to purchase a used lawn tractor. The first is through a private sale. You will find listings for used tractors on the Internet and your local sales papers. The other way to find a used lawn tractor is by shopping at a dealer that sells new and used tractors. These dealers often have good quality used tractors at a substantially lower price than new tractors that are the same size.


If you choose to shop through a dealership, ask what type of warranty comes with the tractor. While it is unlikely that it will come with the same warranty as a new lawn tractor, it should have at least a 30 day warranty. You will probably pay a slightly higher price for a tractor from a dealership than you will through a private sale. One of the advantages of purchasing from a dealer is that you have some recourse if you have any problems.

If you purchase a used lawn tractor from a private individual it is important to be honest with yourself about how handy you are. If the tractor breaks down shortly after you purchase it do you have the general knowledge necessary to make simple repairs? If not, planning on saving a little additional money and purchasing from a store that offers repair service.

Another point to consider before purchasing a used lawn tractor is how easy it will be to find parts for your tractor. Even the most low maintenance tractor will require a new cutting blade or belt on occasion. If the tractor is outdated, finding these parts can be a challenge. Before committing to one particular style of lawn tractor it makes sense to check on the Internet or at your local garden supply store and see if repair parts are readily available.

Purchasing a used lawn tractor can be a terrific way to save money. Spending time to research how you will handle repairs before you make the purchase will help you enjoy your used lawn tractor with little down time. If you make a purchase in haste, you may find repairs difficult or parts impossible to find.

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