Something I learned long ago, if you are looking at buying a non running machine, tinker with it enough to decide if it is an easy repair, but do NOT make a serious effort to start it. If it starts you have just cost yourself a good bit of money. I do not even try to start a non running rig to load it, just use my little cheap winch to drag it on to trailer and tie it down, then drive away with a slightly concerned look on my face, and once I am out of sight I smile.
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government
to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the
government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." Patrick Henry