Buying out of state?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by planzman, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. planzman

    planzman commie bike rider

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    I am looking at a bike over 1000 miles away from me.
    Several options.
    Fly n ride
    Drive and haul
    Fly and haul
    Ship

    If i meet face to face with the seller, no issues.


    What if i buy via find transfer and depend in the seller to turn the bike uver to shipping co. How is best way?
    Escroe service?
    Dealer acting as middle man to recieve funds and hold bike for shipping?
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  2. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    Fly and ride. Before buying your ticket ask a board member to stop by and take a look at the bike and meet the seller. You can tell a lot by his garage and home.

    On the hauling idea, I would buy a used utility trailer. When you get back home sell it for what you paid. Done deal.

    Are you sure this model of bike is not available closer if you are patient?

    Good luck with your purchase.
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  3. RCmoto

    RCmoto Long timer

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    if you have the time to travel then of course in person is best. cheapest way will be uship at about $0.25-0.33 per mile. PM me w/any questions, I've done it cpl times.

    should be able to get a feel for someone from emails, texts, phone - if something doesn't seem right then forget it. have them send up close detailed pics of anything in question. go to that regional section of ADV asking if an inmate can go check it out. give them a list of specific things you might not be sure of. send them a paypal gift for their time.

    funds transfer is OK, I've never had any problems with a certified bank cashiers check - yes they can be faked, but all you have to do is call to verify it's real. seller can also hold the title for a week until they feel funds are good, then overnight the signed title. should not be an issue as funds are taken out of an account, they don't need to clear like a personal check.

    type up a bill of sale, make 2 copies w/sig. & date lines for each buyer/seller. explain everything in it - make/model, miles, VIN #, seller is to hold bike until pickup or shipment. any extras/parts. paid in full amount $ received how. sold as is.
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  4. Toddv

    Toddv Been here awhile

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    I've done it, bought a bike in NEw Orleans when I was living in MD. I drove the pickup truck down, loaded the bike up and drove home. I probably would have flew down and driven it home but I had too much going on at the time to allow it. I was not worried about it's condition much as it only had 600 miles on it and was less than 6 months old.

    My lender wired the money as it still had a leen on it.
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  5. bogey78

    bogey78 Been here awhile

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    It would also depend a lot on the type of bike. A sport bike or dual sport would be hard not to ship. A touring or sport touring bike would be an easy decision--fly and ride. I second the advice to have an inmate check it out before doing a fly and ride. Good luck.
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