Any reason not to sell an out of state used bike in California?

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  1. Domromer

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    Quick question for you residents of California. I'm moving to Australia but before I do my plan is to spend a month in California. I've still got a vstrom for sale locally here in south Carolina. Now I'm thinking of bringing it to California for the month riding it around then selling it before I go. Any reason not to do so? The bike has a clear south Carolina title. Wasn't sure if they'd complicate the issue in California.

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  2. CA Stu

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    If it is 50 state smog legal, no problem.

    If it has over 7500 miles on the odo, you needn't worry about smog.

    Those are the only two potential legal issues I can think of... It may be a bit hard to sell a SC plated bike around here. :dunno
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  3. Domromer

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    Why do you think so? Just an out of state title? Which I have on hand.
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  4. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Buyers are rather fickle.

    Would you buy a California plated bike in SC?

    If you are here a month you could register it in California, and get Cali plates and reg.

    I can help with that.

    You'd have to pay registration fee but no tax. Plus if it's in your name in SC then the 50 state rule or 7500 miles doesn't apply, you can register it anyway.

    email me if you want to use my service.
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  5. Domromer

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    I've bought 6 bikes over the past two years and all but one have been out of state purchases. I guess I don't really see it as an issue. Thanks for the offer of assistance.
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  6. FakeName

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    You may want to consider California as a very different state. My understanding is the same as a previous poster- 50-state sticker and/or 7500 miles.

    But I could be wrong. I was once. I believe it was 1986 or 87.
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  7. Domromer

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    09 with 17k on the clock so I'm good.
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  8. heirhead

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    Tuckers are right.
    When you get here go to DMV and reg, around $80.00 total. Get an address
    where DMV can mail you title, approx 2 weeks. Not only will you make up the $80.00 in spades it WILL be way easier to sell. You will have no problem reg. yourself but many people will not look at your bike with out of state plates.
    I'm not one of them but many of your potential buyers. AAA member?

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  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Wrong yet again, that's twice now in 26 years, it's becoming a habit.

    Doesn't apply to a current registered owner transfer from another state. It's only if you are doing change of ownership as well.
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  10. TUCKERS

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    Buying a vehicle out of state is not the same as buying an out of state vehicle in your home state.

    OK...rephrase...MOST buyers are fickle. Often they are looking for an excuse not to buy.

    There are exceptions.

    People like true original California vehicles. They are generally rust free and clean condition because of our climate.
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  11. High Country Herb

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    I think what they are trying to say is that California smog laws have made people gun shy about buying out of state bikes. We have heard the horror stories about not being able to plate bikes because they were never sold here as road bikes. Those who know will look for that CA emissions sticker (it does still have the sticker, doesn't it?) and be fine with it, but your pool of potential buyers will be reduced.

    Getting the CA plate ASAP will solve the problem. If you do not have a CA address, you can also just explain the whole damn thing in your For Sale ad, and offer to go to the DMV with the buyer. That will put some people's mind at ease, but there will still be some who just move on to the next ad.
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  12. Domromer

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    Seems I'm better off selling it before I go. Thanks for the feedback, maybe I'll just rent a bike for a week.
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    The rental will cost more than the lower sale. You are probably talking over $1000.

    If your bike is worth less than $3000, I would just price it to sell toward the end of the month. Maybe you can meet an inmate that can finish the sale for you, and just leave the signed pink slip and bill of sale with them when you go.

    If your bike is high value, sell it and buy a cheaper one here, again low balling the price at the end of month. If you buy a DR650 for say $2000, you should have no problem selling it for $1800 or something.
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    Personally I wouldn't want to deal with the hassle. I'd sell it before you go. Even if it costs more by renting a bike while in Cali, the peace of mind from not having to deal with CA dmv and finding a buyer would make it worth it to me.

    Plus, you can rent something new, try a different bike. Might be a good idea anyways.
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  15. Stinez

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    I'm not sure why some would see this as anything more than a normal sale/purchase.

    The quality of the bike will speak for itself.

    And the simple work around for a potential buyer is for you to offer to go with him/her to the DMV just to give the buyer some peace of mind.

    I just sold an out of state bike here (We have a place out of state) and there was absolutely no issue with him rolling the bike into his name. (I offered to go to the DMV with him but he declined)

    The V-Strom is a 50 state bike so the 7500 mile rule is the only rule that matters. :deal
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  16. DSM8

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    IF they push it the DMV will want to see the 50 state legal smog sticker on the bike. This happened to me when I brought an out of state bike into CA, I was not able to register it in CA since it did not have the sticker.

    That said if you bring it to Ca and register it under your name then it will be easier to sell since the buyer wont have to deal with anything out of the norm. Otherwise you diminish your sell-able market with an out of state plate. I for one would NOT buy and out of state bike again due to what happened to me.
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    I should find this very important sticker. I'm not sure where it is on my bike.
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    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    My XR-R doesn't have one.

    It's got a plate. :deal
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  19. Off Limits

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    Why even state that the bike is out of state? Wait till the guy shows up and sees the plate himself. Then offer to go to DMV if they are still nervous.
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