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Tips for Buying Used Compact Tractors

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Maybe you’re expanding your business, or maybe your old faithful tractor has finally run out of steam. Whatever the reason may be, you’re now looking at compact tractors.

While it would be nice to buy everything brand new, when it comes to tractors for sale in the UK, the cost might be prohibitive.

It’s also an expense that isn’t necessary when you consider the number of used compact tractors for sale. It’s much like buying a second-hand car. A brand-new vehicle is always nice, but you get better value with a reliable second-hand model.

The key is to find good second-hand tractors for sale. At Beckside Machinery, we can help you do just that. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of used compact tractors buying tips

Getting Started

Your first step is to start looking for potential buys. Check newspapers, auction sites, magazines, dealer sites and so on. Searching online is a good first step because you’ll get an overview of what’s out there. You can also get an idea of what kind of price you might pay.

Research the Sources

Maybe you’ve found the perfect option for you. Before you agree to buy it, though, do as much homework on the seller as possible. This is more difficult with a private seller because they might not have much of a history on the site.

If you know something about mechanics and can inspect the machine out, a private seller might be a good bet. If not, we’d recommend sticking with a dealership or other outlet. A private seller wants to sell that item, so they might say anything to offload their tractor.

A business, on the other hand, has to be concerned about their reputation. That’s not saying that the business is always the best option for budget tractors, but they will provide a higher level of customer service.

If you decide to go through an auction site, you could save money. There is also the chance that you buy an unreliable used tractor. Normally, the auctions sell the items as is with no returns allowed.

Get the Timing Right

If possible, be prepared to wait a while. End-of-season sales mean that new tractors get snapped up more quickly. That, in turn, means that you’re liable to have more choice in the second-hand market as well.

Find out when the major manufacturers offer sales on their items. See if you can time your purchase accordingly.

Machine Details

Once you’ve found the right candidate and you feel that the seller is trustworthy, you need to research the tractor itself. If possible, request a full evaluation. You should be able to get a history of the machine to see what work has been done on it.

You can ask outright whether major repairs had been done, how old the machine is and how much use it’s had. Do ask for photos that show the whole tractor and closeups of the engine.

Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s also prudent to check the tractor for mechanical issues. Who normally performs the maintenance on your machinery? Would they be willing to check the condition of the used tractor?

Ask to start up and test out the tractor. This is a reasonable request, so if this is not allowed, it may be a red flag.

Find out if there is still a warranty in place. If so, it may be transferable to you.

Ready to buy your compact tractor?

By carefully researching your options and finding a seller that you can trust, you can save money and avoid a headache. You don’t need the shiniest, newest model on the market to get a reliable tractor.

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