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Posted November 28, 2011 - 09:28 PM

dont talk to the neighbor, whats he gonna do if he has a problem with it? nothing. so buy it and do yourself the favor.
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Posted November 28, 2011 - 10:26 PM

dont talk to the neighbor, whats he gonna do if he has a problem with it?


He would have you arrested for knowingly buying stolen property. Even if found innocent, it would be a major hassle. And if you think the guy storing it wouldn't give you up in a heartbeat when the State Police showed up, ummm... .
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 01:41 AM

Im thinking even knowing the reason its where it is, would make me run like heck the other way. Its so much easier to buy a hassle free tractor, feel better and keep all your customers. Things get pretty valuable when someone thinks they been wronged.
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 01:58 AM

I would have to agree with the majority, speak to the owner (neighbor). But when you do speak to him offer him a price you like, maybe you will do him a favour by taking it home and improving neighbor relations.
Just dont let them scrap it!!
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 05:19 AM

I'd talk to the neighbor!



I'd do the same.

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Posted November 29, 2011 - 05:58 AM

You might get lucky talking to the owner and get it all cheap!

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Posted November 29, 2011 - 09:31 AM

You gotta talk to the neighbor. My 2centsworth.

mine too

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Posted November 29, 2011 - 09:49 AM

I think if it were me, I'd just walk away from the whole deal. If the neighbor won't do right by his own neighbor by removing the tractor, how do you think he'd treat you....someone he doesn't know at all????
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 12:12 PM

I think if it were me, I'd just walk away from the whole deal. If the neighbor won't do right by his own neighbor by removing the tractor, how do you think he'd treat you....someone he doesn't know at all????


He might treat you like his hero! Maybe he doesn't want it and doesn't want to deal with it. He may be glad someone offered and just tell you to take it. Doesn't hurt to ask. You can always walk away later.
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 12:28 PM

He might treat you like his hero! Maybe he doesn't want it and doesn't want to deal with it. He may be glad someone offered and just tell you to take it. Doesn't hurt to ask. You can always walk away later.


That is true, and costs just the time it takes.
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 03:23 PM

I would have to agree with the majority, speak to the owner (neighbor). But when you do speak to him offer him a price you like, maybe you will do him a favour by taking it home and improving neighbor relations.
Just dont let them scrap it!!

I agree 100%. Put yourself in the neighbor's shoes. What if the neighbor has been paying your customer rent for the space? We sure don't know that he hasn't been. So your customer and the neighbor get into a disagreement over this very issue and your customer decides he's gonna sell the neighbors property for say back rent and you can bet the neighbor has no idea the offer by your customer has been made to you. "You" sure wouldn't want someone to sell your tractor out from under you would you?

Would be very nice if you could save this tractor from the scrap yard and in the process save what civility your customer and neighbor may have between them.

Kenneth
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 03:28 PM

I would talk to the neighbor or walk away.
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 04:27 PM

I would contact the neighbor. It is his property, no matter what the customer says. He would likely want it gone if he doesn't bother removing it from the customer's shed. Not a very good neighbor. That's my .02
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Posted November 29, 2011 - 08:58 PM

Well I just didn't feel right about it from the start. I'm a God fearing kinda guy and it just isn't right to do it that way. I did see my customer today and I told him I was not interested at the time as I allready have a basement full of tractors. (Which by the way is the truth).. I have a feeling the type of guy that he is if I go around him to the owner of the tractor it may insult him and wind up losing my company a good customer in the process. I know its not how he should act, but I know the way he perceives things. I am just going to walk away from the deal saving my self the hassle and leave it at that. My customer knows I am interested and if some point down the road it would happen to come up for sale in what I deam to be a legitamate manner I will make my offer then. But for now I am graciously stepping aside.

Just to throw out to you guys what the deal was on the table. It's a model 1000 Quietline series Cub Cadet with a 44 inch mower deck and rear ag tires in half decent shape and it runs good. The number thrown out by him was $300.

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Posted November 29, 2011 - 09:11 PM

You more than likely did best that way, as only you know the types of people you are dealing with. Sounds like it would have been a good deal but may have turned around and bitten you in the butt one way or another.




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