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How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:53:40 am »
So, there is a bike for sale in Gauteng that I'm interested in.

The pics look good.
A search on the VIN number reveals no accidents, etc.

I will need to courier the bike down.

what's the best way to approach the deal?
Payment, papers, etc?

A nagging concern is that the price is almost too good to be true.
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2020, 10:00:02 am »
I have bought 3 bikes "unseen" and all were without any hiccups.

Have it checked out by a trusted source before you commit. In my case once with a fellow wilddog and the other two a reputable dealer.

On their OK I paid, got myself and my kit to the bike and had a bonding road trip home!

Hope it works out for you :thumleft:

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2020, 10:00:37 am »
So, there is a bike for sale in Gauteng that I'm interested in.

The pics look good.
A search on the VIN number reveals no accidents, etc.

I will need to courier the bike down.

what's the best way to approach the deal?
Payment, papers, etc?

A nagging concern is that the price is almost too good to be true.

Fly up look at it if you like by it ride it back . If you buy it with out seeing it , You might as well start the thread now on how disappointed you are.

I looked at a bike on behalf of a friend. I thought it was immaculate, friend bought the bike when he got it he was disappointed.

Follow my advise unless you want a lucky packet.   
« Last Edit: January 24, 2020, 10:03:48 am by ktmmer »
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2020, 10:00:49 am »
Ask a WD to go check, payment in beer. Only way to be certain you not buying a lemon.
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2020, 10:20:03 am »
Where in Gauteng?
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2020, 10:25:02 am »
When I bought my 990 I flew to JHB.

Buddy took me to a farm outside Warmbad.

I took the bike for a spin and did a proper once over of the bike.

I was happy.

Seller took me to the top of the only hill on his farm with reception and I did the transfer then and there.

Rode the bike back to Cape Town.

Worst case I would be into it for the flight tickets if I did not take it.  Do all you homework before the time and if you are confident that you want it go and get it.
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2020, 10:27:59 am »
I wonder if Dekra does technical checks on bikes as they do with cars?
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2020, 10:28:52 am »
Where in Gauteng?

You heard beer right?  :lol8:
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2020, 10:32:50 am »
What a do, but its usually with trailers.

Send someone there. Check it out.
Make sure the papers in order.
Do the direct EFT so that funds clear, once cleared, buddy hooks the trailer with papers and leave.

With a bike, send someone to go check. Better yet, ask the guy to take it to a workshop for a nice check up. Offer to pay for his.
If he has nothing to hide, he wont refuse taking it to a workshop for you.

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2020, 10:42:07 am »
Post Where the bike is - maybe one of the Jhb dogs can go look - I am available if its near Boksburg/Benoni area....
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2020, 10:45:11 am »
n Skaap is nie n scrambler
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2020, 10:53:51 am »
I normally start with a video call, i.e on video with me show me bike, make sure it runs, show chassis number etc.... then as above...
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2020, 12:28:02 pm »
Fly up check out the bike, if good ride it back, if kak, have a holiday and fly back
Flights are cheaper than buying kak bikes
And you score a holiday in both scenarios

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2020, 02:08:17 pm »
The bike is in pretoria.

Flying up and riding back is not such a bad idea....

Unless a Dog in the area can check it our for me.
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2020, 02:11:48 pm »
I'm done with that business, never buying a vehicle unseen/long distance again.
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2020, 02:18:53 pm »
I'm done with that business, never buying a vehicle unseen/long distance again.

Same here, not worth the risk.

Fly up if you think it is worthwile and ride down.
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2020, 02:28:07 pm »
The bike is in pretoria.

Flying up and riding back is not such a bad idea....

Unless a Dog in the area can check it our for me.
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Ask him to take it to Runner @ Offroad Cycles for a thorough check  :thumleft:
And let him pay the for labor  :thumleft: 
And fly up check it out yourself and if happy do the deal  :thumleft:
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2020, 02:29:23 pm »
I had been very lucky in my 'unseen' buy. However I will only buy unseen from a fellow WD. I know it won't protect me much but the chance of a bullshiiter flogging rubbish is much less. We know each other and guys tend to respect that. I bought from WD in JHB while being in CPT. Bike was exactly as described and all I had to do was organise the transport. I must admit it was a hairdryer experience and all manner of worse case scenarios come up as soon as you have dropped the cash.

But as I said pick carefully and have a WD look at it first
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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2020, 02:44:12 pm »
I had been very lucky in my 'unseen' buy. However I will only buy unseen from a fellow WD. I know it won't protect me much but the chance of a bullshiiter flogging rubbish is much less. We know each other and guys tend to respect that. I bought from WD in JHB while being in CPT. Bike was exactly as described and all I had to do was organise the transport. I must admit it was a hairdryer experience and all manner of worse case scenarios come up as soon as you have dropped the cash.

But as I said pick carefully and have a WD look at it first

Agree.
Bought my last bike from a WD... had it couriered down.

My real question is how to handle the transaction... let the courier get the bike and all the paperwork - and then do the EFT?
 

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Re: How to buy a bike you've never seen?
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2020, 02:48:25 pm »
My real question is how to handle the transaction... let the courier get the bike and all the paperwork - and then do the EFT?

You probably mean the other way round.

Would you let a courier load a bike up and take it with paper work without having the EFT cleared first?