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Old 10-31-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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How to handle test drives when selling bike?

I just wanted some opinions of guys who have sold bikes in the past and how they handled people that wanted to take their motorcycle for a test drive. The last time I sold a bike was 8 years ago and the guy that bought the bike didn't have a motorcycle license so it made it easy for me to say no.

I hear people say test ride with cash in hand. I assume you want the total sum agreed upon to be handed over for a test ride. That sounds great unless he goes out and wrecks the bike. Do you have a verbal agreement that if he wrecks it he owns the bike now. Just looking for some insight.
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I'VE always asked for cash up front....or leave your vehicle or....hand over a DL. the last time I sold a bike (Harley) I rode it up and down the street, shifted 3 or 4 gears, proved it work and the guy loaded it up. Bike prior to that was a Honda GoldWing....buyer paid me an extra $50 to ride it home for him. I'd never let a stranger just hop on and take it for a spin though.
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Yep test drive with cash in sellers hands. He wrecks he buys it...or Seller can ride the bike in front of him.....

Only way to do it....u can get if u dont...
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No test rides.

At least one member allowed test ride and buyer rode off never to be seen again.
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Yep test drive with cash in sellers hands. He wrecks he buys it...or Seller can ride the bike in front of him.....

Only way to do it....u can get if u dont...
pretty much, full cash payment in hand and they can do as they please.
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Have them count out the full asking price in cash. Then you count it back when they return. If they wreck it, sign the title, hand it to them, and tell them to get off your lawn. There was this guy that I saw everyday at happy hour for a year and a half. He lived in the neighborhood and wanted to test ride my SV1000 that I was selling. He wrecked it off course. Wasn't bad. Cost like $150 in parts for a bar end and what not. Had a tiny scratch in the exhaust. Regardless, the guy never came back to that bar ever again. Ducked me over $150. Couldn't believe it.
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I'VE always asked for cash up front....or leave your vehicle or....hand over a DL. the last time I sold a bike (Harley) I rode it up and down the street, shifted 3 or 4 gears, proved it work and the guy loaded it up. Bike prior to that was a Honda GoldWing....buyer paid me an extra $50 to ride it home for him. I'd never let a stranger just hop on and take it for a spin though.
cash only, negative on leaving vehicle or drivers license, how is that going to pay for your bike when they wreck it, its still their car and its still their license, you cant keep it. Cash on the other hand, you can keep.
Anytime I sell, mine are clean enough, that any serious buyer knows there is nothing wrong with it. If there is something wrong, tell em, but no cash, no test ride
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cash only, negative on leaving vehicle or drivers license, how is that going to pay for your bike when they wreck it, its still their car and its still their license, you cant keep it. Cash on the other hand, you can keep.
Anytime I sell, mine are clean enough, that any serious buyer knows there is nothing wrong with it. If there is something wrong, tell em, but no cash, no test ride
judge of character I suppose....never once been burned.

I do know JonEric sold a GSXR this way once ....guy comes back and is all, "naw, I ain't really interested." JE, that footpeg wasn't danglin' when you left....you just paid full price.
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The 3 bikes Ive sold were all "demonstrated" before selling. I'd ride them up and down the street, shift gears, do some emergency stops, etc.

I haven't had anyone complain.
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That's they only way

Even kept the license plate (forces buyer to register the bike in their name and out of mind)
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Give me your cash in my hand and test ride it all you want.
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Better inspect that cash too. People have been known to print their own
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I don't even mess with the cash thing. I just demonstrate that the bike works and go from there.
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cash in hand and a gun in my pants. Fine, "steal" my bike. I keep the cash, report it stolen, and take the insurance.

Or, you give me cash, ride off and your buddy tries to get the cash back, well I guess my ears will be ringing for a few hours.


oh, and don't meet them where you live. Meet at an apartment complex nearby, so they think you live there.
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I've always had FC insurance so I let them ride
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Had a buddy total one. He was one a test ride. They paid up and he paid the ded.
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As everyone says, cash in hand. Let a guy test ride a bike I was selling and he almost dumped it. I got lucky, he didn't, he came back, and he paid me for it - I was naive then. When I bought mine, it was cash in hand. I handed him the cash before my test ride.
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Other than personal friends of mine? Cash in had before a ride.
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Just remember when buying to get the title in hand if you hand over cash. Who says its even there bike ? Heard of that happening
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