Sellers can be very nice people who say things you want to hear...until the
money passes into their hands...they all you will hear is "all sales are
final." My brother was a buyer of old machinery and he observed that according
to seller...tractors "ran last Fall when it was parked",trucks "engine had a major overhaul just a few thousand miles ago", cars "engine doesn't burn
a drop of oil". President Ronald Reagan said it best "Trust but Verify"
Incomplete or non running outboards unless a rare antique or race motor are worth only a fraction of a complete ready to run example. Everyone has been stung...it hurts.