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  • Spitting mad at my tractor mechanic

    This is a vent. I'll feel better after several drinks, which I am off to do now.

    About 2 years ago, I was needing another tractor. I had contemplated buying a TC30 that a friend of mine had for sale, but my tractor mechanic who I trusted convinced me that it was a "toy" and he could sell me a real "workhorse" for $5.5k. He subsequently completely rebuilt a Ford Workmaster (probably around 1950s) and put on a front loader, which I wanted. While building it he told me many times that it would be worth far more than I was paying for it.

    I waited nearly a year, for a tractor that I was supposed to get in 3 months.

    Finally, it arrived. I used it, 3 times, total, < 1.5 hours and it broke down every time. I called him many times and for various reasons it lay here for about another 6 - 8 months.

    I ended up calling the mechanic, telling him to come and get it, fix it and sell it. I told him that whatever he got above what I had paid him, he could keep, I just wanted my money back out of it. He came and took it about a month ago.

    Then he emails me, needed loads of repairs. I get a check from him today for $2k. He had sold it for $3k (bad economy etc etc) but had had to put loads and loads of work into it. Never even contacted me to see if I would take $3k!

    WTF!!!

    I've just sent him an email telling him he can give the $3k back to whoever he sold it to and bring the damn thing back. I am just spitting mad.

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    YIKES ~~~ I WOULD BE SPITTING FIRE ````

    Yikes I'd be spitting Fire ```

    Have a drink for me too

    GOOD LUCK WITH THIS SITUATION !
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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    • #3
      I just did a search for them on line and they are listed for 2500-5000 so I think you over paid to begin with and with it breaking down everyday I would expect to take a loss on it to get rid of it. I would ask for proof of what he sold it for though and he should have ok'd it with you and also told you what it needed for repairs and what it was really worth and not a pipe dream.

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      • #4
        I'm sorry this happened to you. A similar thing almost happened to my parents several years ago. My dad had a Triumph Stag sports car that he was rebuilding. It was vintage, a collector's item. He worked with a local mechanic's shop for many years, as he slowly rebuilt it with authentic parts. Every time he and this mechanic would talk -- and the mechanic would order parts for him -- the mechanic told my dad how valuable the car was going to be.

        Dad finally got the car completely restored, and it was beautiful. Ran like a top, it was just classic and gorgeous. Then, my dad got really sick and it was clear he was not going to recover. My mom needed to sell the car to pay bills. She thought this mechanic could help her find a buyer, since my dad was too ill to do it himself. Yes, the mechanic said, he could find a buyer, but cautioned my mom that he doubted he could get more than $5,000 for the car.

        My mom was livid. Fortunately, my brother lived nearby at the time. He said that mechanic was full of b.s., and listed the car on a few collector's forums, with good photos. My brother sold the car to a collector who was thrilled to snatch it up for $25,000!!!

        I suspect the mechanic intended to pocket the difference ... but it was hard to believe he would treat my mom like that after all those years of my dad being such a good customer!

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          #5
          Originally posted by China Doll View Post
          I just did a search for them on line and they are listed for 2500-5000 so I think you over paid to begin with and with it breaking down everyday I would expect to take a loss on it to get rid of it. I would ask for proof of what he sold it for though and he should have ok'd it with you and also told you what it needed for repairs and what it was really worth and not a pipe dream.
          China Doll, was there a specific site that you searched? I'd been keen to look. This one (despite not running!) was mint. It was completely rebuilt and repainted and had a large, heavy front loader which is not standard. It really was absolutely beautiful (if you wanted a lawn ornament!). I am hoping to just get it back and perhaps sell it locally.

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            #6
            King's Ransom - what a complete and utter toad that mechanic was!! How dare he!

            The mechanic we had before this one was going to do a clutch job on my Ford 2800. It involves breaking it in two. He took $1,000 to get parts - never saw him again. He was a toad too!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kate66 View Post
              China Doll, was there a specific site that you searched? I'd been keen to look. This one (despite not running!) was mint. It was completely rebuilt and repainted and had a large, heavy front loader which is not standard. It really was absolutely beautiful (if you wanted a lawn ornament!). I am hoping to just get it back and perhaps sell it locally.
              I just did a general search and some sites came up. Don't know what area you are and that may matter or what bells and whistles yours has besides thwe bucket. 2wheel vs 4wheel drive would make a difference also. I assume yours is 2 since you hadn't mentioned it. As you know looks do not make it work so new shiney paint wouldn't be a big deal to me unless it was a show tractor.

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              • #8
                I think the problem really is that none this sales arrangement was put in writing. Therein lies the problem.
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                  Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
                  I think the problem really is that none this sales arrangement was put in writing. Therein lies the problem.
                  Only if you look at it from a legal point of view, which doesn't matter as there won't be any legal proceedings.

                  From an ethical point of view, he knew what he sold me the tractor for, he knew that it never worked as evidenced by the amount of work he has now had to put into fixing it to sell it and he knows that the offer he accepted was substantially less than what he charged me for it in the 1st place. A "reasonable" person would have picked up the phone and said "hey, someone has offered me $3k, out of which I am going to keep $1k for the work I've done - you willing to take $2k for it or what do you want to do?".

                  Anyway, I am slightly more resigned to just losing the money now. I sent him a professional and courteous note (which I made sure an editor friend of mine read before I sent to make sure it didn't come across as emotional) basically saying - you can give the person back their money and bring me back my tractor. I'll wait and see how he responds. In reality, I have no idea who currently has possession of the tractor.

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately, this sounds like a done deal. Whoever he "sold" the tractor to has absolutely ZERO responsibility to return it, money back or otherwise. Sorry, but it sounds like you're SOL, as they say.

                    And "legal point of view" or not, you really should have put all of these transactions with your mechanic in writing. Because if you did, you might actually have gotten your tractor back. "Legal point of view" doesn't automatically mean going to court, it just means having a paper trail for justice. If your mechanic knew you had a "paper trail" re: your tractor, you most likely wouldn't be in this position right now. As it is, he knows it's frankly your word against his, which is pretty much worthless.

                    Maybe you can toss away $1,000+ flippantly, but I sure wouldn't be able to.

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                    • #11
                      Then again, maybe this toad of mechanic did sell tractor for more and is just trying to screw you over again since he did it once with ease (in his mind) already.

                      Ask for a copy of the bill of sale as well as the buyers contact information.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bacardi1 View Post

                        Maybe you can toss away $1,000+ flippantly, but I sure wouldn't be able to.
                        I do not think that is the point the OP is trying to make at all.


                        I doubt any of us can say that we have never depended on the honesty of someone we were making a transaction with. Yes, getting everything in writing is smart. Sometimes we mess up on that front. It does not mean we are any less wounded by the loss of the money or the feeling that we have been had.

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                        • #13
                          I would consider taking him to small claims court. He should have gotten an ok to resell it for less than you agreed. You would have proof of what you paid, how long it took him to get it to you and he should provide some documents of the new repairs and who and for what amount he then resold it to. A court would ask questions like, Why would she pay you 5K and then resell and only expect to get 2K. When it doesn't make sense even when you do not have proof they will have to justify their actions.

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