The Art Of Being A Picker.
Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:29 PM
Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:35 PM
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Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:52 PM
If it is sitting on the front porch then u can mention it, but if it is a porch ornament they might be getting ready to put it on Craigs. for a "it is really rare". asking price
I do agree with Texas Deere and Horse, about waiting to see them outside first.
Everybody is different. u gotta do what works best for u.
Edited by JBBR, February 25, 2012 - 09:57 PM.
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:00 PM
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:02 PM
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:05 PM
Worst they can say is no. same thing I just stop, knock and ask. I got a 1970 SS nova for free that way! I asked the little old lady how much do you want for that old car in your yard? she said oh you want that? you can have it! I towed it out of there with a chain right then and there LOL.
you must be related to doc bolens he seems to get things for free also.
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:09 PM
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:18 PM
- chris m said thank you
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:28 PM
- motobreeder and chris m have said thanks
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:47 PM
I have a 1 car garage and it is behind my house and has an alley way to get to it.There is also houses in this alley.I also have a shed that the doors face the alley.I had my 68 110 sitting behind my shed,which was not facing alley(so it couldn't be seen from the alley).I had just gotten it had carb pulled,Hood off to repair.I got it p.o. put a brand new seat on it,and also hubs and steering gear box.It didn't run when i got it.This guy rings my door bell,and asks if i want to sell it,I looked in my back yard and said how did you know it was there it can't be seen from the alley.He said i was looking at the gas grill in the neibors yard and saw it sitting there .I said not really but if price was right i would.He asked what the right price would be.I said at least $300.I didn't want to sell it.He said i ain't payin that for it most i'll give you is $50 i want it for scrap.He said it's missing pcs.I said no s*** im working on it.So needless to say i went out and put it in my garage.The nerve of that guy.Making that offer for a nice orig garden tractor.Now if it was a basket case that would be a different story.
Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:59 PM
When the guy counter offered you a price for $50.00 he should have disclosed he was a scrapper not a collector. i could seee why it would make you mad.
Posted February 25, 2012 - 11:29 PM
Well, after about three weeks later, of me giving them one of my cards, I was headed home from work, when I saw the grandson looking under the tractor, while it was sitting in the middle of the yard. I turned around and went back, to offer some assistance, and he told me the tractor just up and quit. The motor and mower still runs, but the tractor stopped going forward. I jokingly stated, it's time for a new one, and reassured him, that I was still interested in buying the tracto. Little did I know, he would tell his grandmother, and end up taking me serious. After a couple of hours, I got a phone call from the grandson's dad, stating that the tractor is now located at an area repair shop, and since it will cost more money to fix it, then what the tractor is worth, they would be willing to sell it. Make an offer. I told the gentleman, that since I don't know what is wrong with the tractor, and if I can still find parts, I couldn't give more than $200.00. Long story short, the tractor is now sitting in my shed. The problem, a stripped key stock on the left rear axle. Basically, a $.50 fix. Turns out, the repair shop was wanting the tractor too, and was going to charge them $700.00 for repairs, hoping the son would just say, keep it, it's not worth fixing.
If people aren't out, I won't stop. If they are out, then you better believe, I will turn around on a dime. I'm not afraid to make an offer. If it's a tractor that I really want, and the tractor is complete and in good shape, I'll make an offer that will hopefully be appealing to the owner, and get them thinking about letting the tractor go. Don't be afraid to tell them that you are a collector, and that you are looking to restore this tractor. That it will be well taken care of, and when you are finished restoring it, you'll send them a picture of it. Especially if the tractor has sentimental value to the owner. It make for a nice gesture, and says a lot of you, the buyer.
- redcarkids said thank you
Posted February 25, 2012 - 11:32 PM
How bout everyone giving some advise on how to close a deal. We all know where the tractors are hiding, does anyone have any good advise on how to approach a potential customer, and sweet talk him or her down or out of thier junk? Where are you guys finding your tractors? The other day I went thru a small town and just started crusing the allies and looking behind peoples house to see if there were any tractors sitting. I spotted 4-5 possibilties but did not have the nerve to ask any questions. Whats your thoughts and any advise you might be willing to pass along.
Boy, that sounds like Craig (ckjakline) and I! LOL