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Old 09-03-2010, 05:25 AM   #1
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I found this bike I like on Craigslist which I want to buy. The correspondence with the seller is really sketchy. How do I make sure I don't get screwed when buying a bike used. I think he has a loan on the bike.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:35 AM   #2
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Sketchy correspondence? Likely a scam.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:16 AM   #3
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Sketchy correspondence? Likely a scam.
That's kind of what I'm worried about. But I thought if I know what I'm doing I could protect myself from getting taken. It could be a great deal. Here's the dialog with the guy:


ME: Hi. I’d like to come and see the bike. When would it be good for you?

SELLER; bike is just how it looks just drop one time on the side i wont let anyone come too c it cuz everyone dat does just looks and dats it it really a waste of time unless u have the money in hand and u come ova to c it

ME; I don’t think it’s too much to ask to see the bike and hear it running before I buy it. Otherwise how do I know you are for real. I don’t want to waste my time either. Let me know. If you are serious about selling it, I’ll come take a look. Do you have clear title?

SELLER; title comein in to weeks from bank but its gone 2day or 2mrw and then they give me da rest of the money wen i give dem da title so if u think that u can give me 1300 den wen i give u da title u give me da rest and sorry i just did not no if u was a serious buyer dats y my bad in that case u can ride it and anything els u want to do
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:43 AM   #4
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If you are serious about the bike (ride it first), offer to go to the bank with him, so he can sign over the title to you directly. Otherwise, tell him you'll pay for the bike (total payment) after he gets the title from the bank.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:57 AM   #5
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Don't give him any money until you have the title (of course, make sure the VINs agree) in hand.

No deposit either, unless you do it through a protected arrangement, like PayPal. That way, if you get no bike, you get your deposit back.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:06 AM   #6
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There are lots of bikes for sale. Move on.

I don't think it's necessarily a scam, just easier to work with someone who has the "Title in hand".
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:58 AM   #7
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Scam. Move along Citizen, nothing to see here.......
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:18 AM   #8
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Folks, let's all calm down here. This gentleman recently graduated from the KLAZY KEN MOTO-MILLIONS SEMINAR!!

See the excellent sales work here:
they give me da rest of the money wen i give dem da title so if u think that u can give me 1300 den wen i give u da title u give me da rest

Powerful buying signals there, no doubt!
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:29 AM   #9
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Folks, let's all calm down here. This gentleman recently graduated from the KLAZY KEN MOTO-MILLIONS SEMINAR!!

See the excellent sales work here:
they give me da rest of the money wen i give dem da title so if u think that u can give me 1300 den wen i give u da title u give me da rest

Powerful buying signals there, no doubt!
The Klazy Ken influence is far-reaching!
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:49 AM   #10
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If you aren't local to the to the seller and he isn't holding the title then don't trust the seller.
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