Delaer or Craig's List to buy a used ZTR?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wizz, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Wizz

    Wizz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 322

    I'm a HO who takes his lawncare seriously looking to upgrade mowers. Is Craig's List or a dealer my best bet to pick up a used commercial ZTR? Just curious on people's opinions. Many thanks.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009
  2. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,444

    The newspaper or craigslist will be your best bet for any kind of a "deal".

    Dealer's usually make a higher profit on a used mower than they do a new one (same with car dealers.... much more profit in used cars)

    And the dealer usually knows little to nothing about the actual history of the mower on his floor. Some will lead to believe otherwise but as soon as something goes wrong with it, it becomes "well is was a used mower, obviously we can't guarantee used equipment when we have no way to verify it's history"

    And when they tell you that they've "checked it over"..... means the lowest paid guy in the shop maybe power washed it.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    It's kind of 50-50, at least with the dealer you don't have to worry about having your money taken at gun point,
    but as was pointed out most dealers are not too keen on selling used even if their whole back lot is slam full of those things,
    and certainly there are deals on craigslist and I am sure probably most of them are not like that but I would advise caution.

    Because hard times unfortunately spawns more than good deals, it's hard to tell sometimes whether it's a scam or a set up
    or just a plain good deal without going out there, but then once you get out there...
    Then it's really something to give some thought to, we're usually talking an expense involving at least a thousand dollars, cash.

    Hence I recommend bringing a friend along, if for no other reason than two heads think better than one.

    Lmfao ain't that the truth thou...
  4. Weedas_Lawn_Care

    Weedas_Lawn_Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    craigslist all the way just make sure you know what your looking for and at when looking at a used one or take someone with you for a second oppinion

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