If you are discovering that a new lawn tractor is way out of your budgeted price range, then you may want to consider used lawn tractors instead. As far as maintaining a yard is concerned, such a purchase may be the biggest you ever have to make, so it is important to save as much money as possible.
Like any second hand purchase, it is wise to buy from a reputable dealer or somewhere that you have done business before. Try to avoid relying on classified ads in the used lawn tractors section of your local newspaper because you can often get scammed and you have no proof of purchase to fall back on should something go wrong.
If, for example, you were particularly interested in used John Deere lawn tractors or Dixon mowers and you had your heart set on a particular newspaper advertisement, do make sure that you ask the current owner for the original purchase receipt and service history where applicable.
Apart from a reliable engine, the condition and appearance of the rest of the unit is something you must give a thorough look over. More often than not, used lawn garden tractors that have cracked or faded exteriors or other signs of mistreatment may indicate that they haven’t been cared for properly often left out in the rain or in the scorching sun. While it is almost impossible to tell, such ill-treatment can often be a precursor to problems that will arise in the future like premature engine wear due to corrosion.
When looking at any used lawn tractors for sale, perhaps the best way to go about the purchase is to shop around in accredited dealer stores that sell used and new models and can validate the history of the tractor and the condition that it is in.
Wherever possible, you should take the lawn tractor for a test run. A bit of smoke on start-up is to be expected, but if it persists, then consider testing another model. Also check for things like a clean air filter and freely moving wheels which more than likely means that the previous owner took good care of it.
If you like to shop online and are not overly worried about physically inspecting what you are about to buy, then browsing through the various used lawn tractors and MTD mower parts on sites like eBay can also be advantageous. While you can’t visually inspect your purchase, you are going to be more protected against fraudulent sellers on large commercial shopping sites than if you went to a yard sale or if you simply responded to a newspaper ad.
To make sure you get the best deal out of buying used lawn tractors, it pays to have a bit of common sense but also to shop around to get the best deal. Many consumers will be inclined to buy the first good thing they come across with, believing that if they don’t, someone else will. However, in doing so they may be missing out on a lower price elsewhere.