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Old 04-19-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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How to rummage through one's property politely?

Driving home from work this morning after a long exciting day of Cleaning floors, oh yeah, living the dream.

But anyway, got in my old truck, and was driving past a dirty lot, it's got a 90-something chevy kinda sitting there, but next to it, was a motorcycle and sidecar! I didn't notice it til today, and I want it!

What is proper protocol here? It's half under a tarp, can I look under the tarp? or should I just leave a note somewhere that will be seen? I don't want to be some nosy guy poking around where I'm not welcome, but I also don't want to get in touch with someone, bother him to show me a giant rustbucket you couldn't pay me to take....

Any advice or stories that would help me out here? I work again Monday so I'd like to make my move then.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:06 AM   #2
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Find out who owns the lot, or at least who is paying the taxes and the government thinks owns the lot. This information is generally available through the local government website by the address. Contact the owner and ask about the truck and motorcycle on the lot.

Personally, I have the lack of social couth to completely remove the tarp and examine the motorcycle/sidecar in the light of day - but enough consideration to put the tarp back as it came off. Good luck!
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:35 AM   #3
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Laugh

after a little stalking on google earth, I saw that it wasn't a lot, but someone's backyard. Just set up funny with no fences and the way the street runs.

I think I will stop by monday and just check under the tarp, see if it's worth pursuing at all. I've been boldened by the internet. Hoping it's great and cheap and my next thread will be in the Hacks section!
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
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I would go ask permission to look at the bike first, maybe under the guise of looking at the truck (so you don't tip your hand). That way, you don't have to explain to a LEO what you were doing poking around in someone's backyard (or worse, asking your significant other to pick rock salt out of your back side). Put yourself in that person's shoes, how would you like it if someone was poking around in your backyard?
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:42 AM   #5
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I would go ask permission to look at the bike first, maybe under the guise of looking at the truck (so you don't tip your hand). That way, you don't have to explain to a LEO what you were doing poking around in someone's backyard (or worse, asking your significant other to pick rock salt out of your back side). Put yourself in that person's shoes, how would you like it if someone was poking around in your backyard?

^this . . . . . . there's no harm in knocking on the door and asking . . . . . worste case, if, after two or three attempts, leave a note in the mailbox?

far as I can tell, there IS no way to politely rummage through someone's property politely.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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In Texas.

Entering Private property and removing a tarp, could lead to a shotgun blasting exit

I am sure I would politely seek permission, It will make any price negotiations go much smoother
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure proper protocol is not messing with other people's stuff without their permission.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:10 PM   #8
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In Texas.

Entering Private property and removing a tarp, could lead to a shotgun blasting exit wound
Fixed!

You just noticed it there? Is this a used car lot? Does it have a "for sale" sign on it?
Maybe the guy just bought it for himself.
Why be sneaky about it? Once you ask the question(is it for sale) the cat is out of the bag anyway. If it's not, forget about it.
Go knock on the door and ask if its for sale, assuming no "for sale" sign, and proceed from there.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:43 PM   #9
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go knock on the door
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:55 AM   #10
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Ding dong....

"hi, my name's peter, just happen to be driving by and saw that hack under the tarp. Would you mind if I lifted the skirt a little? I used to have one a few years ago and I thought it looked familiar. I'll put everything back in place exactly as I found it. Thank you sir, much appreciated"
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:30 AM   #11
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What he said. If I catch you in my yard rifling through shit, we'll have words, and your chances of buying anything from me are pretty minimal. OTOH, a polite knock on the door, followed by the conversation above, might be productive for both of us.
Not that I'm some kind of aggressive a-hole, but picture this: You walk out to your garage, and there's some guy wandering around checking out your riding gear and bike. Your reaction is.... what? "Good morning sir, may I help you?" or, "WTF are you doing!?!?!?"
Knock on the door and introduce yourself! Geez.

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Old 04-20-2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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Pretty easy really, how would you want it handled if it was your property?
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:30 PM   #13
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What Sailah said...

If I were to catch you with your head under a tarp at my place things would go south quickly, and you would be talking to the Sheriff about your trespass ticket, after I was finished...at the least.

That said, we have polite people stop by all the time to ask about directions because this road shows it going through on their GPS, asking about the bare property that is for sale above us on the hill, lost, vehicle stuck on the mountaint, yada, yada, yada. You get what you give, ask nicely to have a look, and maybe if they want to get rid of it, and you will most likely get someone who will be nice to you.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:49 AM   #14
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What Sailah said...

If I were to catch you with your head under a tarp at my place things would go south quickly, and you would be talking to the Sheriff about your trespass ticket, after I was finished...at the least.
Unless your land is posted that won't happen.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #15
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I think you have an automatic "in" via your screen name. Just arrive in uniform, point to your badge of rank and claim dibsies on the sidecar set up. If he won't give you dibsies, ask if you can buy it.
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