Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Buying a Used Bike Online

  1. #1
    Poco183 poco183's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Brighton, Mi
    Posts
    21

    Buying a Used Bike Online

    Last year, I bought a 16 RT on a Fly and Ride. Everything was very easy and the deal went without a hitch.

    Now, I'm selling my 09 RT. I have an interested party in California and I'm in Michigan. I suggested he do a Fly and Ride but he is concerned about the cost of the flight ($500) and the ride back home. I guess it's too long for him.

    He has asked me to ship the bike after he gives me a deposit. I have refused to send the bike without full payment and the check clearing my bank. Am I being unreasonable? Maybe my 27 years as a law enforcement officer have jaded me and made me suspicious. I'd like to sell the bike but don't want to be screwed in the process.

    How do sales go when you ship a bike?

    Thoughts?
    Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.

  2. #2
    Registered User STEVENRANKIN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Spencerport, NY
    Posts
    222

    No money no bike

    I would never ship, give or give title to someone who has not paid in full.

    Nor wouild I take payments for something.

    If someone won't come to you, pay you and make their own shipping arrangements they don't want the bike bad enough.

    Don't trust anyone! St.

  3. #3
    Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat Omega Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mansfield,MA
    Posts
    13,777
    Quote Originally Posted by STEVENRANKIN View Post
    I would never ship, give or give title to someone who has not paid in full.

    Nor wouild I take payments for something.

    If someone won't come to you, pay you and make their own shipping arrangements they don't want the bike bad enough.

    Don't trust anyone! St.
    Part of the harsh reality.
    What happens when the purchaser isnít happy......
    OM
    "You can do good or you can do well. Sooner or later they make you choose." MI5
    Mod Squad
    2009 F800GS 1994 TW200

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    Prairie City IA
    Posts
    67
    Quote Originally Posted by poco183 View Post
    Last year, I bought a 16 RT on a Fly and Ride. Everything was very easy and the deal went without a hitch.

    Now, I'm selling my 09 RT. I have an interested party in California and I'm in Michigan. I suggested he do a Fly and Ride but he is concerned about the cost of the flight ($500) and the ride back home. I guess it's too long for him.

    He has asked me to ship the bike after he gives me a deposit. I have refused to send the bike without full payment and the check clearing my bank. Am I being unreasonable? Maybe my 27 years as a law enforcement officer have jaded me and made me suspicious. I'd like to sell the bike but don't want to be screwed in the process.

    How do sales go when you ship a bike?

    Thoughts?
    Bike doesn't leave until cash is in hand. I have sold 3 this way.
    Never get to busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

    2018 R1200 RT- 10K miles and counting

  5. #5
    Registered User STEVENRANKIN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Spencerport, NY
    Posts
    222

    To add to it

    I would never accept a personal check. St.

  6. #6
    Addicted to curves azgman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    1,106
    Quote Originally Posted by poco183 View Post
    Last year, I bought a 16 RT on a Fly and Ride. Everything was very easy and the deal went without a hitch.

    Now, I'm selling my 09 RT. I have an interested party in California and I'm in Michigan. I suggested he do a Fly and Ride but he is concerned about the cost of the flight ($500) and the ride back home. I guess it's too long for him.

    He has asked me to ship the bike after he gives me a deposit. I have refused to send the bike without full payment and the check clearing my bank. Am I being unreasonable? Maybe my 27 years as a law enforcement officer have jaded me and made me suspicious. I'd like to sell the bike but don't want to be screwed in the process.

    How do sales go when you ship a bike?

    Thoughts?
    Find another buyer, this smells bad already!
    MOA #107139
    RA #28511

  7. #7
    Left Coast Rider
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    3,045
    Quote Originally Posted by azgman View Post
    Find another buyer, this smells bad already!
    Ditto

  8. #8
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    5,986
    Quote Originally Posted by azgman View Post
    Find another buyer, this smells bad already!
    I agree. I would stop communicating with this person.
    Lee
    2016 R1200RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Location
    Miami,FL
    Posts
    25
    Do not take a cashiers check either. It will clear all right after a couple of days but if it's fake it could take weeks before that is known.
    In that case your bank will demand reimbursement from you. There is no way out.

  10. #10
    Rich Pelton Rich's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Killdeer, ND
    Posts
    1,453
    I would take a personal check no problem, and when it has cleared the bank he can have his bike. But you are talking about a deposit, and like mentioned, I'd simply quit corresponding if that's the best he can offer.

    I bought a nice travel trailer from a fellow in western MT two years ago from an ad on Craigslist. I knew when I was talking to him that he was sincere, I bought it sight unseen and sent him a personal check. He was apprehensive but since it was in November, I told him to cash the check and let me know when he was comfortable with everything and I would come get the trailer. 3 weeks later I went to pick it up, and it was everything I had expected. As far as I am concerned, I, the buyer, was the one sticking my neck out.

    Best of luck with the sale of your bike. If you have any doubts, make it cash only. Somebody will want it.

  11. #11
    Registered User jonnybow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    19
    Anyone buying a BMW who is afraid of doing a fly and ride is someone who shouldn't be buying a BMW. To add on to this scenario, this guy wants you to ship a bike with only a deposit? yea, NO. Thanks for your time, have a nice day.
    Your opinion on people may be jaded from being a PO BUT your initial impression is spot on, don't do it.
    Jon
    K1600GT & R1200GSA

  12. #12
    Poco183 poco183's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Brighton, Mi
    Posts
    21
    Thanks for the replies. It smelled bad to me too. I'm moving on.
    Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.

  13. #13
    Registered User Rinty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Posts
    5,276
    poco:

    I've done four out-of-province deals, including an international one.

    What you do is call your buyer and get to know him. You can make up a list of talking points. I quickly developed a rapport with each of my buyers/sellers. You find out their names and what they do and then do some Google searches.

    Set up a separate bank account with a nominal deposit. Once you've established a price, he WIRES you a deposit and you can then take the bike to a technician of the buyer's choice for the pre-purchase inspection. Ensure that the buyer is responsible for the inspection fees, so that your bike is not held for non payment.

    Assuming the inspection is satisfactory, he WIRES the balance of the purchase price to your account, flies in and rides it home, or arranges for shipping.

    I would avoid getting into escrow arrangements, as there can be disputes on the terms of the release. If the buyer is not willing to do this, the deal can probably not proceed.

    All of my transactions went smoothly, with respect to exchanging documents and funds.
    Rinty

  14. #14

    Payment in full!

    Quote Originally Posted by poco183 View Post
    Last year, I bought a 16 RT on a Fly and Ride. Everything was very easy and the deal went without a hitch.

    Now, I'm selling my 09 RT. I have an interested party in California and I'm in Michigan. I suggested he do a Fly and Ride but he is concerned about the cost of the flight ($500) and the ride back home. I guess it's too long for him.

    He has asked me to ship the bike after he gives me a deposit. I have refused to send the bike without full payment and the check clearing my bank. Am I being unreasonable? Maybe my 27 years as a law enforcement officer have jaded me and made me suspicious. I'd like to sell the bike but don't want to be screwed in the process.

    How do sales go when you ship a bike?

    Thoughts?
    Trust your instincts! There is now way you should ship that bike without the agreed upon funds!!

Similar Threads

  1. thinking about buying a K bike.....
    By FABIOX in forum Flying Brick K-bikes
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-28-2008, 02:57 AM
  2. buying a bike remotely
    By mmicot in forum Gear
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 09-02-2006, 12:30 AM
  3. Buying a Bike out of state
    By a99miata in forum Oilheads
    Replies: 47
    Last Post: 07-06-2006, 11:26 PM
  4. buying a used K-bike (my first)
    By malarz in forum Flying Brick K-bikes
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-24-2006, 05:25 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •