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Old 01-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Quebec to Calgary: Buying a bike

I'm looking at buying a 950SE from a guy in Quebec. The bike is in Sept-Iles to be exact.

How do I proceed to protect both the seller and myself? Initially he thought I was a scammer, and I can't blame him. Odd request.

Any help? Use dealers to authenticate? Auto brokers? Suggestions? Shipping the bike?

I'm in Calgary
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:09 PM   #2
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Buying out of town

i have bought two bike sight unseen and have had luck both times. I would find someone to look at the bike on your behalf, some nice ADVer here maybe. Lots of videos helps too. I paid for one with a MasterCard cheque so if it was not what was describe I could use MasterCard to go after the seller. First bike the person shipped it, knew someone in trucking. The second bike I found a mover that had room in his truck, a little harder but cheap.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:14 PM   #3
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Not a lot of options that far north. Perhaps an independent motorcycle/snowmobile shop in Sept isles who would normally do the inspection would provide this service and then you would have to find a truck coming down the North Shore that was empty.
I would be on the Sept isle business directory to find the listings for each service.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:24 PM   #4
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Go on ridaventure.ca and ask if someone can go check it out for you. Its a french forum but if you post in english, they will help you out still. :) It may even be a bike from one of thos guyz.

There is bound to be a local 'cote nord' guy that would check it out for you I bet.

Also many of the folks that live up there are blue collar and own trucks, you may find a guy that will bring it to Quebec City or Montreal for cheap.

I myself dont have garage space to offer in Montreal but if somehow you fly into Montreal and want to ride it home you can crash at my apartment to save on hotels.

If you go fetch it IN Sept-Iles, the best way to get the cheap it to fly to MTL or QC, then go on Amigoexpress.com http://www.amigoexpress.com/itinerar...Sept-Iles.html to look for a ride to Sept-Iles. People charge gas money to give you a seat in their cars to get you to another town in the province. I use it all the time as a driver and as a passenger as well.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:57 PM   #5
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I've bought several long range bikes, and every time I trusted the seller. And I guess they trusted me. Shared many emails and pics. Agreed on price and always asked that if it's not as described I'd like the option to haggle over anything I found.

I never got a third party involved, no money was passed until I got there in person and I always had cash.

All the bikes I bought were considered mint, so there was never much debate about any transactions, except for some extra accessories like a cover, gps, tail bag etc that I would try to get thrown in with the deal.

Lot of trust involved, go with your gut, and if it don't feel right, back away.

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Old 01-21-2015, 04:58 PM   #6
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Tanks for the advice guys. I'll be getting into it more to see if I can figure it out.

Thats a helluva long ride on a Super Enduro, so I'll be trying to fright it back either way.

I might be able to roll it into a family vacation to Quebec however and then just have it freighted back after I get the deal sorted. We'll see.

First I have to convince him I am not a scammer from Nigeria. ;)
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:01 PM   #7
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Thats a helluva long ride on a Super Enduro, so I'll be trying to fright it back either way.
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Nonsense! You alreay have a headstart for the TransLab
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:03 PM   #8
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Tanks for the advice guys. I'll be getting into it more to see if I can figure it out.

Thats a helluva long ride on a Super Enduro, so I'll be trying to fright it back either way.

I might be able to roll it into a family vacation to Quebec however and then just have it freighted back after I get the deal sorted. We'll see.

First I have to convince him I am not a scammer from Nigeria. ;)
I found a guy out of Ottawa a few years ago when I needed to ship a bike from Toronto to Calgary. He runs back and forth across the country, ships lots of bikes and was great to deal with. PM me if you want his contact info.
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I wouldnt mind having his info as well. might need him one day.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:56 AM   #11
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If you can get the bike to montreal you can have it dropped at my place, double garage. I had an SE so I could look at it as well.
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:41 PM   #12
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Here on "The Rock" a lot of guys get bikes from "away" and Clarenville Movers has done a great door to door service for a few buddies. Roll on and roll off with the machine lashed and wrapped in moving blankets.
If you get it to Dan then get them to quote the job.
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Here on "The Rock" a lot of guys get bikes from "away" and Clarenville Movers has done a great door to door service for a few buddies. Roll on and roll off with the machine lashed and wrapped in moving blankets.
If you get it to Dan then get them to quote the job.
I've got a couple of requests out for shipping quotes now. Thanks for the offers of help guys, we'll see if this materializes into anything.
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