That's a bummer to hear. Buying brand new is out of the question for me. We don't do loans or financing and pay cash for everything. We have $4000 set aside for a mower.
I had just heard and read that the 3 cylinder Kubota engines were considered one of the best and many people call them bullet proof. Everything I've read says that 4000 hours is common on those motors. The seller says that the dealership offered him $3500 trade in value on a new model.