Originally Posted by Brock
Alright. I don't wanna sound like a broken record, but I found the bike I want. The only thing is that it's on eBay. And in another state.
So it has to be shipped. I bought my ninja 250 on eBay from a dealer and everything went smooth.
But I think this guy is a private seller. When I bought the ninja 250 they sent me paperwork and everythig and signed and mailed it back. Easy process. But since its a private deal, shouldn't there be less paperwork? I had to py taxes twice. But that was through a dealer.
Here's the bike: http://bit.ly/RmAxja
30,000 miles. Looks really nice. I know I shouldn't buy it online because I have to pay to have it shipped. But I realllyyyyyy like this one and it's not likely to show up anytime soon.
Also, I know I haven't ridden it, but I didn't ride the 250 before I bought it either.
This is kinda one of those "have to have it" things.
Has anyone bought a bike from a private seller before on eBay?
First off, my previous bike was a 2002 f4i. Silver and red, beautiful bike. Great, great machine. Comfortable as hell for me (5'10", 185) and handled like nobody's business. Good choice, and the price is fantastic. Have the cam chain tensioner checked out.
I've never bought a bike on eBay before, but I have bought 4 cars on there, and sold 2. So I have a bit of eBay motors experience. There are some things you can do to get a better feel for the deal:
1) Do you know anyone that rides and lives in or near the seller's area? If so, they can check out the bike for you ahead of time, take pictures or video, and give you a thumbs up or thumbs down. This is the best scenario, and also the least likely.
2) You can contact a reputable bike shop in the area. Go on Yelp and look up bike mechanics in the area, find one with a lot of good reviews, and see if they'd be willing to go out and check the bike out for you. They might charge $100 or so to do it.
3) Fly or drive out and check out the bike yourself. More than $100, likely, and you'll have to spring for a return ticket if you don't haul or ride the bike home. Best choice. Combine with #2 if you're serious about pulling the trigger.
If you don't have the money to do any of these.. you should save up a little. It would suck to be out $750 in clutch and engine work on your new-to-you bike due to unseen problems.
If you REALLY can't check it out first, and there's nothing remotely local, contact the seller and ask for a phone number. Talk to him or her on the phone, ask a TON of questions about the condition of specific items in the Used Moto evaluation guide:
Used Motorcycle Evaluation Guide
Make sure to find out when the bike was last ridden, has it been sitting in storage, fluid condition, etc. That said, assume all fluids are old if they don't look absolutely new.
If you purchase the bike and are mechanically adept, get the service manual and do a mileage-appropriate service & check. If not, take it to a shop for a once over + fluid change.
The seller has good feedback, but nothing recent. It seems legit, but do your due diligence, ask as many questions as you can, and keep a lookout for local sales.