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post #1 of 17 Old 07-17-2011, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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2011 Purchase Quandry

Greeting,

I am in the process of buying a very lightly used 2011 DL650.

If you had to travel a good distance to see and pick up the bike (i.e. far away as no good ones are available locally), what would you do to ensure that the bike was honestly represented (i.e. pristine, never in an accident, original owner, broken in properly though it only has 300miles on it).

How could one verify such things sight unseen (aside from pictures)?

How are long distance purchases amongst unknown individuals managed to be fair to both parties?

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-17-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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Where's the bike located? I see a few references (via Google search) for 'Motorcycle Pre-Purchase Inspectors' in Australia, but very few in the States (mostly in CA). A business opportunity, perhaps?

Maybe you can contact the Service Dept. of the Suzuki dealership nearest the seller and see if they'll inspect the bike for you and prepare a condition report. I doubt they can answer all of your questions (break-in, falls/tip-overs, etc.), though. It should probably be at your expense to ensure partiality. I'm guessing $120 or so?

Good luck...

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I bought a 2007 FZ1 from a firefighter in Kentucky a few years ago. He had it posted on an FZ1 forum. He sent me quite a few pics, we talked on the phone and I researched all of his posts on the site. You can get a pretty good gauge on a person. Still with that big of a purchase, there still has to be caution. He had a friend that lived out here. He shipped the bike out here on his dime to his friend. I then went over to the friend and gave him the money for the bike. It worked out very well. I wouldn't buy from someone across country if they didn't belong to a forum like this and that you could do some research first.

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Where's the bike located? I see a few references (via Google search) for 'Motorcycle Pre-Purchase Inspectors' in Australia, but very few in the States (mostly in CA). A business opportunity, perhaps?

Maybe you can contact the Service Dept. of the Suzuki dealership nearest the seller and see if they'll inspect the bike for you and prepare a condition report. I doubt they can answer all of your questions (break-in, falls/tip-overs, etc.), though. It should probably be at your expense to ensure partiality. I'm guessing $120 or so?

Good luck...
The bike is located in MI, and I am in NJ, so its a 1300 mi round trip.

The seller is not on good terms with the closest Suzuki Dealership. Which makes me suspicious. They also won't send me the bill of sale. I do have a copy of the title. They also want cash.

Should I continue with this deal? What are the things to look out for?

I am not driving anywhere without some means of confirming the quality of the bike before I leave w/ my trailer.

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It has to be a really good deal to be worth your travel time and expense, and if he'll give that good a deal, why can't he find a local buyer? A local stromtrooper might look it over for the cost of a lunch, without any guarantee offered or expected on your part about his ability to comprehensively inspect a bike.

How much cheaper is that one vs. buying a new strom?

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It has to be a really good deal to be worth your travel time and expense, and if he'll give that good a deal, why can't he find a local buyer? A local stromtrooper might look it over for the cost of a lunch, without any guarantee offered or expected on your part about his ability to comprehensively inspect a bike.

How much cheaper is that one vs. buying a new strom?
The price is about $6000 + local tax. A local dealer wee can be had for about $7300 + tax. 8 months left on the warranty instead of 12, not knowing how the bike is broken in, and 1200 mi of driving, and 300 mi on the odo may or may not be worth $1300-1500. What do you think?
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It has to be a really good deal to be worth your travel time and expense, and if he'll give that good a deal, why can't he find a local buyer? A local stromtrooper might look it over for the cost of a lunch, without any guarantee offered or expected on your part about his ability to comprehensively inspect a bike.

How much cheaper is that one vs. buying a new strom?
That's a lot better response than what I gave (must be a right-brain/left-brain thing).

Seriously, I got my new '11 for $7K. So for me to travel the 500 or so miles from NJ to MI (inc. gas, my time, probably an overnight stay) for a gently used, that bike would have to cost, at the very most, $5500. And if the seller would take that, I'd be doubly suspicious.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-19-2011, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Pulled out

The deal fell through...oh well. I remain V-curious in NJ.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-19-2011, 05:45 PM
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Yeah, I saw that white 2011 that is for sale outside of Detroit. It seems like a good deal if you are within a day's drive and have a trailer or a co-driver.

I like the white so much, I almost thought about buying that white one, transferring my farkles over and selling my 2009... but it is too much hassle, and with local ad valorem tax that we pay it does not make much sense.

Good luck with your search.

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