If you’re in the market for a used tractor, check out these tips to get a good deal.
- Buy from a seller who doesn’t like your favorite brand. I’m partial to Ford tractors, and I often buy them at great prices from a seller who loves John Deere (and nothing else). When he takes in a Ford on trade, he doesn’t pay much money for it and is eager to see it gone. This is great news for me! He gives me a great deal every time, and I don’t bother trying to convince him that Ford tractors have their strong points.
- Get a package deal. If you can’t come to an agreement on the price, try asking about an add-on. Sellers might be able to throw in something else (like a blade or plow) that would make the package a good deal. At a dealer, you might be able to negotiate package deal for a used tractor plus needed tune-up or overhaul work. If you are using this as a negotiating tactic, be sure that whatever you accept is something that actually adds value to the machine. Don’t fall for gimmicks.
- Buy in the off-season. The worst time to buy a tractor is when you are desperate for one. Instead of waiting for your old tractor to give out in the middle of spring planting, do your shopping now. Dealers are slow this time of year and might be ready to give you a good deal. You can take your time to shop around, too. Just be sure that the cold doesn’t keep you from conducting a thorough inspection.
How about you – what are your best tips for getting a good price on a used tractor? Share in the comments below.