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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 07:01 PM
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I wanted a connie so went to the cog site. Sure enough,someone had the perfect connie for me and wanted a vulcan 1600 250 miles away. Got lucky.

Consider going to a jeep or rubicon site and post.

In my case, we both got what we felt was a great bang for the buck and no middle man made money off of us.

You might get lucky.

As far as a ride, we met in the middle, so knew each other could ride.

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post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 07:08 PM
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As far as "TEST" rides I've seen it posted that the buyer can only test ride if they give you the purchase price in CASH to hold while they're out. That way if they wreck it they bought it...Sounds fair to me. A serious buyer shouldnt have a problem with that.
I was about to say the same thing. Or at the VERY least, they should have the deductible for your insurance up front. Whenever I sell something I always try and make sure my 'market' is open to those who would be financing through a bank as well, so not everyone will have the cash up front.

It's not unusual to see no test rides allowed though, and if that's what you choose to do, go for it. I wouldn't buy a vehicle I didn't test, but others will.

Also don't be afraid to make a judgement call. Perhaps don't advertise anything, and if they ask over the phone say no, but if a guy shows up, he's been riding for a while, he knows the bike, and seems like a serious buyer- maybe let him take it for a spin. Some kid comes walking up and all he wants to know is 'is it fast' and 'can it do a wheelie', perhaps you don't let him test ride it!

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Have never sold one, but bought mine on Kijijii, and was very satisfied. It is also free. Agree with test rider letting you hold the money while they ride your bike

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post #14 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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So far the only responses I got off of craigslist are scammers. I wonder if they actually ever get anyone to respond to their poorly worded and generic responses.

I also wonder how many emails they send each day and how much money they actually make.

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I do not like using craigslist. My best luck in selling stuff (and I don't sell stuff to make money, I sell stuff to get rid of it) has always been local trading papers and word of mouth. I have sold more stuff word of mouth than any other method. It seem if you have something you either know someones or a person you knows someone that is interested.

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Have never sold one, but bought mine on Kijijii, and was very satisfied. It is also free. Agree with test rider letting you hold the money while they ride your bike
Do you have to pick different areas with that like craigslist or does it show everywhere like ebay.

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Here is another scammer email I just got.

"i will pay the full asking price...whats the present condition?
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donaldduke2@gmail.com "

Clearly there is no mention of what I am selling and I state exact condtion of my bike in the ad.

craigslist if awful

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Here is another scammer email I just got.

"i will pay the full asking price...whats the present condition?
Don.

donaldduke2@gmail.com "

Clearly there is no mention of what I am selling and I state exact condtion of my bike in the ad.

craigslist if awful

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Just for grins send him an email. I betcha he 'accidentally' sends you a cashiers check for a couple grand OVER the price, and wants you to send him a money order for the overage amount and pay him back. Banking on you thinking that cashiers checks are safer than personal checks (actually no, just quicker because the money is immediately held in the senders account, but you can stop or reclaim a cashiers check just as easy as a personal check)

I know my local bank has a guy who deals with fraud stuff. Happened to my mom who was selling a car, we took the cashiers check up to the bank and they got it to the authorities. Dunno if they'll ever catch the dude, likely in another country, doing it!

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My brother-in-law was selling a sportster several years ago in Kansas City. Guy calls, get direction, and comes by, Seems legit, asked to test ride it, he says ok. Never saw buyer or bike again. Cash and or DL is very good idea. At least have a buddie or 2 ride with them, incase they forget were you live.
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Just for grins send him an email. I betcha he 'accidentally' sends you a cashiers check for a couple grand OVER the price, and wants you to send him a money order for the overage amount and pay him back. Banking on you thinking that cashiers checks are safer than personal checks (actually no, just quicker because the money is immediately held in the senders account, but you can stop or reclaim a cashiers check just as easy as a personal check)

I know my local bank has a guy who deals with fraud stuff. Happened to my mom who was selling a car, we took the cashiers check up to the bank and they got it to the authorities. Dunno if they'll ever catch the dude, likely in another country, doing it!

I don't have time to mess with it, but it would be funny if someone replied back to that email and see what he said. If his response was something to the effect of "what are you talking about" then it may be legit. If not, scammer for sure.

Too bad there is nothing we can do about all these scammers.

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