"If you see two tractors, basically similar years, similar hours sitting in a machinery line at an auction and one of them has all this equipment, has the service records posted on the wall of the cab, you taped them up there. And there’s the notebook you’re going to get 10%-15% more for that tractor at a minimum," says Mowitz. "And it also helps if it’s been well cared for and you see that on the outside of the machine."
"Farmers will look at a painted machine and think that a tractor jockey has gotten that thing and has given it a paint job to get it sold and it’s hiding some problem. It’s just a perception. It absolutely has nothing to do with quality, well, it does have to do with quality. A repainted machine will be a higher quality machine in some regards because it’s got a new coat of paint," he says. "It’s just the perception that somebody’s trying to hide something."