Too Good to Be True?

Motorcycle.com Staff
by Motorcycle.com Staff
I saw an ad on Craigslist for a 2003 Yamaha R1 for $2500! Claimed to be in perfect conditon and unmodified! This seems too good to be true so I emailed this guy and this is what I got.



"Hello ,

Thank you for contacting me about my item 2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 - $2500, in pristine condition. I will sell it to the first one who sends the payment.

About the bike: it is in immaculate condition and has no scratch on and hasn't been involved in any accident. The engine runs very well. The bike was always garaged and rarely used. The bike is in showroom condition. The title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I have legal document by which I can transfer the title to your name. The bike is still US registered so you will not have to pay any customs.

The bike is located in Sanfort, MI and I will ship it from here. I will support all the shipping fees. Shipping is free to your location.

The delivery will take within 5 to 7 working days (with insurance and 30 days return policy). The service has frequent shared container services. It will be insured at the delivery service. If something happens on the road, you will receive the insurance from the delivery service.

As soon as the bike arrives, you will test and if it does not matches 100% to your expectations, you will return it in maximum 30 days since the arrival date. In this case I will pay the return shipping and insurance fees.


ALSO ABOUT PAYMENT AND SHIPPING I WILL USE ONLY eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection SO WE CAN BOTH BE PROTECTED!

If you agree with my above terms, I'm sure that we can close the deal as soon as possible. I have reserved the bike for you until I will have your final answer.
"
Okay this just seems to way to good to be true since the Bike was in MI and the ad was listed under Miami, FL.
$2500 including free shipping?
This is less that half bluebook for trade in.
Part of me wanted to buy it but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I felt that if the deal was legit that it would be cheating the seller. I also felt that the odds of the deal being legit where slim to none.

Anybody ever get a deal that was too good to be true and not get ripped off?

BTW the ad isn't on craigslist anymore. I have to wonder if it got pulled.


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