Download the Tractor Bill of Sale Form to make the selling of a farm, construction, industrial, or utility tractor an official transaction. Tractors used for farming and other commercial purposes rarely require registration, meaning the bill of sale primarily serves as a receipt. Should the buyer intend to re-sell the tractor anytime during their ownership, the bill of sale proves itself essential.
A dull blade, a burnt-out bulb, or a dirty air filter won’t drastically affect the operating condition of a tractor, and fixing the issues isn’t an extensive project. That is, they won’t cause potential buyers to skip out on what is otherwise is a great-quality tractor. A rough-running engine, however, could be the result of a number of problems. Due to their obscurity, it could cause potential buyers to think twice. Even if it just needs a new set of spark plugs, a smooth running engine should be considered mandatory for those looking to get a good price for their tractor.
While it may be useful or “cool looking” for the seller, those looking to buy a tractor rarely want physical or decorative add-ons. Bringing it as close to stock as possible will improve the attention one receives for their tractor considerably.
Buyers aren’t (typically) looking for a glistening, waxed tractor – they’re workhorses, after all. At the same time, buyers want to know the money they invest in the tractor will hold up for years to come. Scrubbing off dirt, replacing worn stickers, and applying touch-up paint can improve the value in buyers eyes.
Arguably the most important tip, the pictures potential buyers see online are the first interaction they have with the tractor. Although cliché, first impressions do matter. The pictures the seller takes also allows them to demonstrate honesty in their offering; pictures of anything damaged or missing gives buyers the sense that there’s nothing the seller is hiding. Take a picture of the tractor from every angle. Include close-ups of areas that are known for considerable wear, as well as the gauges. Photograph serial numbers and any other information that identifies the make and model of the tractor.
Online advertisements are an easy way of automating a large portion of the selling process. The majority of work is up-front and involves entering the specs on the tractor, writing a paragraph on anything shoppers should know, uploading the pictures, and paying for the listing (unless the listing is free). A few popular selling platforms include:
- TractorHouse – FREE to list
- EquipmentTrader – Basic ads start at $24.95
- Craigslist – FREE. For listing to those that live nearby.
Prior to posting the ad, browse various selling websites to get a sense of the standard selling point for tractors of a similar make, model, and age. Take the season into consideration (especially for northern climates), as well as any other factors specific to the type of tractor sold.
Some do, but it’s not commonplace like with motor vehicles. If the tractor didn’t come with one, the next best means of proving ownership is holding onto the receipt (if purchased new) or the bill of sale. Additionally, the owner should have their serial number documented, which is a unique identifier held by their tractor only.
Don’t rely on websites that claim to provide a valuation. Scour the internet for makes and models that fit the tractor being sold, and see the price points that the average tractor is selling at. The more specific one can be in their search, the closer they can get to a fair price. In addition to its make and model, take the tractor’s hours, accessories/specifications, condition, and year into account.
If the seller owns (or inherited) an older tractor that doesn’t have any documentation, one can look at its serial number to determine the year it was manufactured. The serial number can be found on a number of places depending on the tractor’s make. Start by looking at the engine block and frame. Once you have the serial number, type in the name of the brand, followed by “serial number lookup” into Google.