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Talking Most Safest and reliable way to ship and pay for a out of state bike

I am sure many of us have seen private party for sale motorcycles at a great deal but located out of state. So, the questions are:
- How do you know the bike is how the seller has described?
- Best way to send funds?
- How do you ensure seller to sign and hand over the title?
- Last but not least, how to have the bike shipped securely and inexpensively?
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There really is no substitute for going yourself to see the bike 1st hand.
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I would only trust a dealership unless I went myself to pick it up.

The cost and time to get the bike isn't worth it. I've done it before and I wouldn't do it again. Your always going to find another bike for sale.
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I have used this a couple of times and liked it. Very smooth transactions
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- How do you know the bike is how the seller has described?
You don't. Without someone looking at it in person, you only have trust.

- Best way to send funds?
Check, MO, Paypal, anything but cash.

- How do you ensure seller to sign and hand over the title?
Trust, or have the person mail it to you before sending the bike or exchanging money.

- Last but not least, how to have the bike shipped securely and inexpensively?
Ship it using a shipping service/truck.


IMO, unless you're looking at something very specific, it's not worth it. As said above, you can always find another bike.

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After selling my bike to a guy in Texas and seeing how the company shipped his bike I would definetly watch your shipping company. Pay to have it put on a skid or something instead of saving pennies to have picked up by pickup truck and trailer.

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the really good out of state deals are usually a scam, just be careful of that. Most of the times, it's people looking for you to send money (even if it's just a deposit) to scam you out of it.

If it's a good enough deal to pay for a plane ticket, fly to the city, take the bike yourself to forward air and fly home. THe bike will follow you a few days later. I would never buy something that expensive without first putting my hands on it.

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i wouldnt touch that deal with a ten foot pole wrapped in mother teresas dress.

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I stumbled across a '07 R1, 7k miles. for $4000 on Craigslist (Utah). After sending a 2nd email to them, i found out that it was scam because the letters are usually generic. Have them take pics of the bike and tell them to put a piece of paper with your name on it in the pic. usually helps me sort out scams. that way when you get out there, they will at least have the bike for you to see, instead of just showing up and them cancelling on you. heinens suzuki (now heinens yamaha, in MN) did the same thing when i wanted to buy my bike.

This is going to be a long-term relationship
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Where is said bike at? Sometimes you can find somebody from here or a Track forum that might be willing to pick up the bike for the right price.


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Have the owner bring the bike to a local dealer for an inspection. They should charge 1-2 hours of labor. Then call the dealer for the results. This will weed out BS bikes, and you will have a report of general condition of the bike. Pay the dealer directly for this service. Btw, I have a line on a '08 r1, a '08 gixxer 600, and a '08 kawi 600. PM me if you are interested. Bike flipping is a hobby of mine.
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If only a 6-10 hrs drive just rent a truck and pick it up. Gas is cheap now.
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Have them take pics of the bike and tell them to put a piece of paper with your name on it in the pic. usually helps me sort out scams.

Works for the CAS section too
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Because I wanted another Aprilia and they don't grow on trees like Jap bikes, I had to buy one out of state. I wired the guy the money before it was shipped via JC Motors. I went back and forth with the guy for a while and he wrote me up a 3 day return letter that I felt comfortable with. It stated that I can have the bike checked out and if the bike wasn't as stated and mechanically perfect, he would refund my money. We both signed it. It was a smooth transaction.

I used JC Motors with mixed emotions. They picked up the bike and delivered in less than a week. However, they had the tie downs too tight on the exhaust cans that pushed them into the swingarm. It left a little scratch/gauge on the swingarm. It was minor and only cosmetic and was hidden behind the cans so you can't see it. I filed a claim and received a check for a new swingarm within 2 weeks.

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Drive there, see bike, hand cash, load, and drive back.



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Diggin up an old thread...
When you folks shipped your bikes did you have to drain ALL fluids. Got a bite but the guy works for FedEx and wants to use them for shipment. Says I would need to drain everything (gas, coolant, oil).

Not sure that it's worth it. He's willing to pay asking price and any additional costs but I would need to find a service that will crate it and take it somewhere with a forklift so it can be put on a truck. Any thoughts?
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The guy who I bought my bike from didn't have to drain anything or crate it. They just put it on a skid and strapped it down. I paid $700 from CT to my driveway.

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I need to find a service that will crate it and take it somewhere with a forklift so it can be put on a truck. Any thoughts?
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