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post #1 of 46 Old 03-27-2008, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Paranoid Seller Making it Difficult to Purchase Wee

Just purchased a Wee off of Craigslist. Seller insists that we go to bank together, I withdraw the money in front of him and then give it to him. Wont take the cash from me that he doesn't see a teller give to me. Said he's concerned about counterfeit bills, especially hundreds. My work hours are the same as banks and it will be difficult to get off work to do this. How can I make him comfortable with the transaction without going to the bank?
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Could do a money order or a certified check from the bank?

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Just purchased a Wee off of Craigslist. Seller insists that we go to bank together, I withdraw the money in front of him and then give it to him. Wont take the cash from me that he doesn't see a teller give to me. Said he's concerned about counterfeit bills, especially hundreds. My work hours are the same as banks and it will be difficult to get off work to do this. How can I make him comfortable with the transaction without going to the bank?
Sounds fishy to me. You can buy a "counterfeit detection" pen at office stores for a almost nothing (a buck or so, I think). That is what the bank tellers use.

Or pay him in twenties. But don't pay him anything w/o a witness (a witness you choose) and make sure he has a receipt made out and ready to sign when you hand him the cash.

Or you could give him a US Postal money order or a cashier's check.

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Could do a money order or a certified check from the bank?
I think this guy is cash only but its worth mentioning to him....thanks.
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I had this same problem when I bought a Goldwing from a guy two states away. He was as paranoid as it sounds like your guy was about counterfit bills and such.
So what we agreed on was Postal Money Orders.
http://www.usps.com/money/sendingmon...rs/welcome.htm
http://www.usps.com/missingmoneyorders/security.htm

They are cheap to get and very secure both in terms of counterfit and if they would get lost or stollen.
I basicly sent the guy to the post office website to read up on them and he agreed to it. When I got there an I gave them to him he went through each bill and looked for everyone of the safety features to make sure each one was not counterfit.
I had them all made out in his name with his address and information on them only so he was the only one who could cash them.

I've sold and bought multiple motorcycles and never had been through anything like that before. Good luck, I feel your pain.
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I suppose his request would be okay, but only if you stop by a Suzuki dealer to first check out that all the parts on the bike are genuine OEM Suzuki parts. I'd recommend having the entire bike disassembled and checked. At his expense of course.

Seriously, I can't think of any legitimate reason to be doing a 'cash-only' deal. I'd recommend a title/lien search and be very sure that he's the registered owner, and that you verify his name and contact particulars.

Hope it all works out for you. Let us know.
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Tell him to take a hike and find a reasonable seller.
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He's legit just a little eccentric. Have a friend that can vouch for him.
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I fully agree with the theory that he's ultra suspicious of you as an act to cover something shady about the bike/ him. Verify he's the owner and possibly grill him about the mechanical condition of the bike. Also, pretending to lose interest can't hurt.

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He's legit just a little eccentric. Have a friend that can vouch for him.

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