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buying mowers on ebay

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by draftlawncare, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. draftlawncare

    draftlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 225

    anybody ever buy a mower on ebay if so how did it work out for you. I am thinking of buying a mower off ebay but its alot of money up front for something you cant even test ride. Also is there alot of differences between a 2000 exmark and 04 model. thanks JD
  2. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    Draft. I bought my 26" walkbehind off ebay. Heres my rule for buying equipment on ebay.

    If its new, in a box, hasnt been touched or used before, go for it, you really dont have much to lose. 99.5% of the time its going to be a great purchase, and youll save a good amount.

    If its been used, especially by a landscaping company..BUYER BEWARE. Be careful when you buy used gear, ask alot of questions and be specific. Check the feedback rating, see what they have sold and contact the people they have sold to.

    Especially watch out for things that are listed as.."Just needs a little TLC" or "Just needs a little tune-up" These have the potential to be big bucks to get running.

    Dont get me wrong, ebay is full of good deals, but my uncle bought a 36" lesco belt drive last spring which was listed as needing only a tune up cost him close to 600.00 to get cutting again. It was sold by a pawn shop that "couldnt get it started" but claimed a tune up (ie. new filter, fresh gas) would be all it needed.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I have sold mower before on ebay. Ask them for a phone number and talk to them. You can tell a lot just by the way someone speaks or talks.
  4. draftlawncare

    draftlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 225

    THANKS PRO i am looking at a exmark 2000 26 efi 60inch deck with 249 hours for $ 6200 dont know how good of a deal it will be after $575 for shipping.
  5. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Dont do it, it has 200 some odd hours on it. I would if it had 5 but you dont know what you are buying, go to your dealer or trading post and look in there.
  6. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 208

    I just bought a 48in Metro a 98 model off ebay for 1300 grrr...Im not too happy with it, transaction went smooth though, it just wasnt as great as when I was reading about it on ebay. I bought a Shin T260 off ebay, gently used for 215.00 shipped and when it got here it had a cracked gas tank(or something, still in service) because the guy packed it like a idiot so now Im dealing with that mess. Proenterprises nailed it on the head with Buyer Beware. I did however buy a brand new 2003 Hayabusa last year and was very happy with that deal and saved about 800 from the dealer around here. So good luck!
  7. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    I have got 2 mowers on ebay right now, the biggest thing is check out the feedback rating because someone with 100% and alot of transactions will want to keep you happy. If I sold a mower to someone and they thought that I mislead them about the mower in any way I wouldn't make them buy the mower, I would just re-list it so nobody would feel cheated.


  8. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    PJ-how come your sellin them
  9. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    I bought 2 new hustler super z's with the 28 efi kohler motors this spring, also these were my back-up mowers so they really never got used much in the last 2 years.
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    I have bought and sold mowers on Ebay with pretty good results. But the last one the mower had some electrical problems the guy didn't mention (blade wiring was hacked up by him and didn't work) and a few small parts missing. It was also a fiasco about shipping since he was really dumb and gave me the wrong pickup address. But I factored that into the price and got it really cheap, so I still got what I guess is $1300-$1500 worth of mower for an investment of about $900 after the repairs.

    If you had a mower with an engine or hydro problem that you knew was going to fail soon, you might be tempted to sell it now for top dollar while it's still working and get a new one. So remember that when buying and factor that into the price you're willing to pay.

    Some good rules:

    1. Feedback. Lots of good w/ little or no bad is a great sign, but not a guarantee. His other feedback could be from selling beanie babies or something. But of course more is better. Anything under 95% positive is a problem, since many dissatisfied buyers/sellers won't leave negative feedback fearing retaliation by him on thier rating. 5% negative probably means 10% or more in reality.

    2. Information in the ad. Does it sound evasive? People with good mowers crow about them. People with something to hide give minimal details and hope you won't ask questions.

    3. Payment: Try to pay via credit card directly. If not, ask if they will send it COD. Then Paypal if you feel lucky(minimal protection despite their bs claims). I would never send a check for an item like that.

    4. Much better if you can inspect before purchase. A day's drive is worth it over $6000. That's a pretty wide range from your home.

    5. Call and talk to the seller. Liars often sound like liars. Too smooth or too nervous.

    6. Established businesses with reputations will probably be more honest than some guy selling a single item with no feedback.

    7. How much are you saving vs. new? Is it worth the risk and having less or no warranty?

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