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post #1 of 9 Old 09-05-2017, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Buying from private seller - how to arrange inspection?

My first bike, when I got it, I didn't check everything I should have checked, and I didn't get a mechanic to look over it. So it had some problems that I had to deal with down the road.

I think I might have found a local bike on CL that would fit my needs, my wants, and my budget. But I want to have a mechanic inspect it before I pull the trigger.

What's the "etiquette" or "protocol" for these sorts of things? Ask the seller who he uses for his mechanic, or look up someone on my own? Share the inspection price or should I pay all of it? I have No Clue what the "normal" or "standard" way of doing things is.

(Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I just couldn't think of anywhere better to put it. And perhaps it'd be a good idea to sticky this thread if enough great responses are collected? Thank you all!)
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-05-2017, 08:30 PM
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I'd say if you want a mechanical inspection it's all on your dime.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-05-2017, 09:10 PM
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Did you ask the seller for his maintenance records? Most riders keep them. As for you wanting a mechanic to look the bike over, that's your expense!

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-05-2017, 09:26 PM
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Some guys are like me and keep no records. I look at what I want to buy and take a short test ride and go with the gut feeling.
My latest is a salvage that i couldn't ride but it started and sounded fine. New Forks and it seems to be OK.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-05-2017, 10:25 PM
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Inspection is your cost.

I would talk to the Seller and judge based on who he is and what he tells you about the bike, who maintained it ... etc. If dealer there will be records. If he does it himself you need to judge if he knows what he is doing or just neglecting the bike and trying to pawn off any problems to the new owner.

Key point are why is he selling the bike, how long did he own it, how much did he ride it, does he have the means to properly maintain it, is the garage/ shop looking like it supports what he is telling you.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-06-2017, 03:45 PM
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Find a shop you trust, make an appointment for the bike for an inspection, and ask the seller to take it down there. Tell him you will pay for the inspection, and if it looks good you will buy the bike. Agree on a price.

Tell him if the inspection turns up things you don't want to deal with, you will walk away, but he can have the inspection results for free, in case he wants to fix some of the problems.

I did this for a V strom in a distant city and the list of things to fix was pretty big. The seller was appreciative and had the shop do some, then he took care of some others and was able to sell his bike a month later for a good price.

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-06-2017, 04:20 PM
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Why not ask around on here and see if a local DL rider with a little mechanical aptitude will have a look with you. If you were in my area I'd have no issue going along to look, listen and inspect..

If that isn't feasible and you are going to see the bike at the owners property you can tell a lot just by looking around. Is the yard maintained or is it a jungle? Is the garage neat and tidy or does a hoarder live there? Is the bike clean or dirty and beat up? Is the seller pushy, evasive or relaxed and willing to answer any and all questions?

I am very open when selling stuff and answer questions better than I should sometimes. I can tell you my time is also valued. I'd have no problem if you brought someone with you to inspect the bike but no way am I going to waste time riding to a shop (especially one I'm not familiar with) and spend several hours of my life there waiting for some low level look over the bike. Trust me if you go to dealer the top mechanic is not going to be the one looking over the bike its the kid who changes tires and sweeps the floor.

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Some guys are like me and keep no records.
that is one advantage of professional service, if someone wants to see my maintenance and repair history, all I have to do is visit my dealer's service department, they push a couple of keys on their computer, and wallah, probably 200 pages of records print out for my 90k of ownership since new

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-11-2017, 09:38 AM
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The guys at West Coast GP moto are good with the Suzuki knowledge.
Tell them OG sent you. Pete and Alex can see if the bike has problems.
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