When I bought mine off of craigslist the seller always kept dancing around the "does it start" question. Turns out when I showed up it had been sitting with old gas in it for awhile and wouldn't start. The price was so good that I decided that id give it a shot anyway and see what I could do with it. All it needed was a carb cleaning and fresh gas. You might consider bringing some carb cleaner with you in case you have trouble starting it when you go to look at it. The Briggs carb is not that hard to clean, and the rest of the mower looks good. Also, you could always pull off an engine swap with one of the harbor freight predator engines as others have done.