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Old 01-23-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Anyone in here buy salvage bikes at the auctions.

I've been toying with the idea since I totaled mine and had to rebuild it.

So I'm just looking for some first hand stories If anyone has any.

What did you buy? How much and what did it finally end up costing to get it back together or did you just part it out?
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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Omer and Sunny buy bikes from auctions but they dont touch salvage titles.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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I forgot which one your don't need a dealers license for, but I believe it was Harris County, but they go quick. At least the good ones do. I have a friend who has gone, and the bike he wanted had a few buyers ready. He "some how" had it taken off the auction that day, and back to the impound yard for future purchase.

Or you could buy one with 21,000+ miles and change the cluster and have a low mileage bike to sell.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
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I forgot which one your don't need a dealers license for, but I believe it was Harris County, but they go quick. At least the good ones do. I have a friend who has gone, and the bike he wanted had a few buyers ready. He "some how" had it taken off the auction that day, and back to the impound yard for future purchase.

Or you could buy one with 21,000+ miles and change the cluster and have a low mileage bike to sell.
Definitely never buying a bike from you
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Definitely never buying a bike from you
I would never do such a low life type of thing.

Just watch who you do buy a bike from regardless of where it is posted for sale.
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I would never do such a low life type of thing.

Just watch who you do buy a bike from regardless of where it is posted for sale.
Thats for sure.
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Thats for sure.
Do you sell bikes?

You seem like an A/E account
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Do you sell bikes?

You seem like an A/E account
An A/E account?

But no i do not. Yet i have had friends purchase from IAAI here in houston for some clean tittle bikes.
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An A/E account?

But no i do not. Yet i have had friends purchase from IAAI here in houston for some clean tittle bikes.
Sure......... I enjoy your smart comments so really don't care either way.

Whats IAAI?
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Sure......... I enjoy your smart comments so really don't care either way.

Whats IAAI?
IAAI Auto auctions. Either way i think there is good money involved for the OP. Parts sell everyday very quickly on ebay.

And im serious i dont know what your refering to by A/E? I apologize i might be a little slow i guess.
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IAAI Auto auctions. Either way i think there is good money involved for the OP. Parts sell everyday very quickly on ebay.

And im serious i dont know what your refering to by A/E? I apologize i might be a little slow i guess.
awwww cool thanks for the info that does sound familiar now.

sure....
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:19 PM   #12
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i've bought salvage bike before (from a salvage dealer) and given the opportunity wouldnt hesitate to do it again. then again i know exactly what im looking for on bikes and what to look for as far as what can be rebuilt and what is too far gone. if you're not mechanically inclined i wouldnt suggest attempting it.

knowing that bikes that are barely dropped @ low speeds will be simply written off its a sure fire way to get into the hobby for dirt cheap.

I got my 2008 sv650 w/ 750mi (in 2009) with tank/exhaust dmg for 2,700 i know the dealer bought it for probally 1,350 maybe less.

That being said, all the good stuff you have to have a dealer license to obtain.

You can check out ridesafely.com i always check out the stuff there, they are a broker who are basically dealers who dont hold inventory. you "front" the highest amount your willing to auction, they go to the auction in your representation, you pay them a small fee and pick up your bike if you win. its called proxy bidding (dont quite understand how its legal but they've been around forever) they sell alot of stuff on there, boats, moto, car, etc.
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As a side note: (if someone gives a ...)

I used to know a guy that was buying salvage bikes at insurance auctions and other places, here in Houston and Dallas, he will buy 10 or 15 at the time and take them to Mexico where he has his shop, rebuild them and sell them like a regular used bike. He was making a very good profit (300%). Sportbikes in Mexico are very expensive. He will go trough Mexican customs declaring the bikes as yunk/scrap metal, all the plastics that can be re-usable go trough Mexican customs in another container.
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its always a gamble buying a wrecked bike, but the last one i bought was a super deal.
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I used to know a guy that was buying salvage bikes at insurance auctions and other places, here in Houston and Dallas, he will buy 10 or 15 at the time and take them to Mexico where he has his shop, rebuild them and sell them like a regular used bike. He was making a very good profit (300%). Sportbikes in Mexico are very expensive. He will go trough Mexican customs declaring the bikes as yunk/scrap metal, all the plastics that can be re-usable go trough Mexican customs in another container.
He must know the right people to pay off. I had a friend doing similar with small engines and used cars until about two years ago. He was robbed at gunpoint and pulled out of his truck by 10+ people with AK's, and they were working with the "police" via radio.
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If you just want a cheap track bike, salvage is not a bad way to go. Then you don't need to worry about getting it inspected, registered, insured, etc. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting into though. Simple repairs can hundred-dollar you to death.
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^+1, even though i bought mine primarily for street use, a track bike would lend itself to this inherently, as you are going to wreck at some point and picking a bike with a straight frame/wheels/good engine would allow you to save alot of money on like front end dmg bike when you know your gonna be replacing the forks and front end with race grad equipment anyways.

you can save big if you know what your looking for and have a good eye.
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^^ dude knows what he is talking about......from previous exp.
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