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    Just rang Swann (my insureer) to sus out my obligations related to someone testing my bike, one thing surprised me...

    If the potential buyer steals my bike on a test ride, they won't cover the "theft". Is this common?

    I now have a dilemna as to how I can get someone to test ride the bike, without knowing them, and being worried they may do a runner.

    I have a check-list of things needed as test ride time.

    1. Valid License with photo ID and appropriate class
    2. Cash on hand at the test to cover insurance excess.
    3. Proof of ID with a valid address - sort of like the banks 100-point test
    4. Aggreeance by potential buyer to have their photo taken with bike in shot.
    5. Meet at a "neutral" venue
    6. Dogs not suitable as a "deposit"

    Anything else you wise sages of PSB can recommend?
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  • #2
    Cash is king.

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    • #3
      yeah, ....except theres a problem from the point of view of the potential buyer....

      I hand over cash for test ride.
      I ride the bike and decide I dont like it.
      Owner isnt there when I get back, has buggered off with the cash, and simply claiming I said I'd agreed to purchase it.

      ???

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      • #4
        if he or she arrives in a car or bike then take the keys off them with a deposit for the bike

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        • #5
          Originally posted by swoop View Post
          if he or she arrives in a car or bike then take the keys off them with a deposit for the bike
          That doesn't always work though, there's a thread in here somewhere, guy rocks up leaves car and keys to car, test rides and never comes back, surprise, surprise the keys don't fit the car, which turns out to be stolen anyway

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          • #6
            Run the fuel down to reserve or very close to empty.
            If they decide to do a runner, they won't get far.

            Get another vehicle, preferably a similarly powered bike and follow along on the test ride.

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            • #7
              Boxx, you've made a lot of sense in few words. However, the YYY section is no place for that, so I am going to have to report your post. No hard feelings.

              Srsly, what Boxx said, with Fat Pats criteria adhered to, is what I'd be doing in future.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Boxx View Post
                Run the fuel down to reserve or very close to empty.
                If they decide to do a runner, they won't get far.

                Get another vehicle, preferably a similarly powered bike and follow along on the test ride.
                Originally posted by Princess Deb View Post
                Boxx, you've made a lot of sense in few words. However, the YYY section is no place for that, so I am going to have to report your post. No hard feelings.

                Srsly, what Boxx said, with Fat Pats criteria adhered to, is what I'd be doing in future.
                and...

                I would ensure you have the gonads to ride at whatever speed it takes, to ensure you keep that bike in sight. If you can't (like me), then I'd be asking someone like TurboR1 or any of the Curry Runners to lend a hand. Know what I mean?
                Last edited by FJ Steve; 03-07-2009, 08:04 AM.
                Originally posted by Viper
                I'm probably fucking something up.
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                • #9
                  didnt deej do a write up on this?

                  Dubs

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dubs View Post
                    didnt deej do a write up on this?

                    Dubs
                    Its in the FAQ's

                    Thinking of selling a bike privately? BE WARNED

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                    • #11
                      EDIT: Wrong log in.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FJ Steve View Post
                        and...

                        I would ensure you have the gonads to ride at whatever speed it takes, to ensure you keep that bike in sight. If you can't (like me), then I'd be asking someone like TurboR1 or any of the Curry Runners to lend a hand. Know what I mean?
                        Aww shucks, thanks Steve,

                        I'd be more than happy to give chase if need be...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TurboR1 View Post
                          Aww shucks, thanks Steve,

                          I'd be more than happy to give chase if need be...
                          If/when the rep system comes back...you owe me biatch!
                          Originally posted by Viper
                          I'm probably fucking something up.
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