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Questions about Kohler generator

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I have a chance to purchase a "new" Kohler 17KW standby generator. "New" means it has never been installed and is still bolted to the pallet. But I suspect it is 10 years old. The engine is full of clean oil. The enclosure is in excellent condition. There's no evidence of mice or other rodents living in it or chewing wires/hoses.

The owner bought it but never had it installed. It is sitting on a porch behind the house.

It is 520 lbs and I'd have to move it around the house to load it.

Question 1: From what I can gather on the Internet, it is at least 10 years old. Should I be concerned?

Question 2: He asked me to make an offer. What should I offer? I've looked at similar used items on eBay but I'm inclined to offer less since I'm not sure if it actually works.

Thank you.
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Just saw this. Bought a slightly smaller one for my mom about 10 years ago, transfer switch and all about $4000. I bought Kohler because Kohler, they had/have a great name. Some things
1) There was no warranty available unless initial startup/commissioning was done by certified Kohler tech. It was about $500, they were extremely thorough, updated software etc., it took 2 1/2 hours and I was happy I found one willing to make the drive (1 hr each way).
2) We had a lot of computer issues the first year, a lot. The control module was replaced 2 or 3 times, all under warranty. The computer control puts it outside the realm of a handy guy doing it himself.
3) Smooth sailing ever since. Total cost, concrete pads for two tanks and the genset, plumber, electrician, unit, misc was $11,200.

Do whatever you can to get a warranty if they will.
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