10-17-2013, 05:42 AM
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Tator bought mine used & got it cheap I was nervous buying used also but was all I could afford I was fully expecting major problems but I looked it over very well (10 years of being a mechanic helped) all mine needed were front axles it took me a 1/2 hour total to do both sides. If your not mechanicly inclined bring someone with you that is. usually a Visual check will tell you a lot on how it was treated. listen to the engine & transmission for any noises, look at all the fluids do they look fresh or old, bring a small jack & check the wheels & suspension for play, look at the under belly scratches & small dings are normal Big dents in Skid Plates & frame tubes are not, make sure the engine is cold when you get there & then start it look for smoke out the tail pipe if engine feels like they started it before you got there either wait a while to start it or ask to come back & tell them not to start it. Ask a lot of Questions & listen closely to How they answer. Last tip I can think of is any machine you are interested in research online not only issues but parts prices these things are getting like cars with all the sensors & computers in them & the prices of some of the prices will scare you. this is one of the reasons I went with an older model parts are cheaper & more new & used parts out there
Good Luck Tator
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