Tractor demo

Katarina

Member
Location
Mid Wales
I had a tractor demo a few weeks ago from a dealer with the intention of buying it if liked it. Had it for 4 days where on the 4th day I took it to get a load of straw bout 40 miles away from our farm . Tractor broke down on the farm where I was picking straw up. Electrical problem . Dealer had to pick tractor up as gearbox and lights would not work . Goes with out saying I didn’t buy the tractor and dealer didn’t ask anything more about it.
Yesterday I get a bill from the dealer for £600 for hire of tractor. He told me I could have it on demo . What’s everyone’s thoughts ?
 

Mur Huwcun

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
North West Wales
Unless it was a brand new tractor that has now got 25 hrs on the clock then it’s a very steep bill for a S/H hire tractor even. Is it worth falling out over it though? Have you given them a ring to express your feelings that you’re very dissapointed and coukd some agreement be sorted out? It could even be a clerical error as said demo tractor would have to be booked out anyhow to keep things above board, maybe it was booked out as hire and not demo? Unless you’ve had a chat with them give them a ring first see what happen.
 

Lofty1984

Member
Location
Cardiff
I’d ring them and offer to pay half of the bill bit of a pee take going 40 mile on it just my opinion, at least help with the cost of going to lift it with a wagon that seems fair doesn’t it?
I know you say you were intending to buy it if it was suitable but way to many take the Micky and demo stuff they have no intention of ever buying
 
Unless it was a brand new tractor that has now got 25 hrs on the clock then it’s a very steep bill for a S/H hire tractor even. Is it worth falling out over it though? Have you given them a ring to express your feelings that you’re very dissapointed and coukd some agreement be sorted out? It could even be a clerical error as said demo tractor would have to be booked out anyhow to keep things above board, maybe it was booked out as hire and not demo? Unless you’ve had a chat with them give them a ring first see what happen.

Given the fact they sent this bill I'd say they don't have a relationship worth anything.

Unless a contract was agreed before the "Demo" which included monies they have no right to send a bill.
 

Brisel

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
Unless it was a brand new tractor that has now got 25 hrs on the clock then it’s a very steep bill for a S/H hire tractor even. Is it worth falling out over it though? Have you given them a ring to express your feelings that you’re very dissapointed and coukd some agreement be sorted out? It could even be a clerical error as said demo tractor would have to be booked out anyhow to keep things above board, maybe it was booked out as hire and not demo? Unless you’ve had a chat with them give them a ring first see what happen.
This (y)

There has been a lack of communication here.
 

HolzKopf

Member
Location
Kent&Snuffit
Ask for the hire documentation with your signature on it and the quoted rate.
Correct - there's a world of difference between a demo and a hire.

Only you know what was agreed and in what circumstances you got the tractor 'on demo'. Was it delivered to your farm on the back of a trailer, did any paperwork change hands, are you known at the dealers, do you know the salesman. Who insured it during the demo and do you have proof. All these are key questions.

I would write or email to the salesman or dealer principal stating that it was your understanding or agreed understanding that the tractor was yours on demonstration. You ought to do this further stating that you did not expect to be charged and that had the tractor proved satisfactory, you would have bought it.

Maybe on reflection an eighty mile road trip is a bit excessive - different if you had it for a few days ploughing, harrowing or round the yard. Maybe they think you are taking the pi*s. Your past relationship with them is key for me. But in any event some paperwork is important. I can't believe, unless you were borrowing something from a mate, that the deal came with no agreement :scratchhead:

HK
 

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