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sdesmond
03-28-2008, 09:31 AM
I posted this on the motorcycle forum I frequest as well but I figure I would ask you opinions on this as well. I am selling my motorcycle on Saturday..or so I hope. The buyer is coming over and will probably want to test drive the bike and all. My question is does anybody have a form or waiver someone would sign before a test drive? Something along the lines of the buyer assuming all financial liability if the bike is dropped and me assuming no financial liability if he wrecks and injures himself. I will be checking DL and using my judgement before I let him on the bike. Any other info would be greatly appreciated.

Monte
03-28-2008, 09:38 AM
I posted this on the motorcycle forum I frequest as well but I figure I would ask you opinions on this as well. I am selling my motorcycle on Saturday..or so I hope. The buyer is coming over and will probably want to test drive the bike and all. My question is does anybody have a form or waiver someone would sign before a test drive? Something along the lines of the buyer assuming all financial liability if the bike is dropped and me assuming no financial liability if he wrecks and injures himself. I will be checking DL and using my judgement before I let him on the bike. Any other info would be greatly appreciated.

Your insurance is primary. You can have him sign a waiver you make up, but it won't hold water. If he wrecks it you allowed him to drive it so there will be coverage as long as you have coverage. But since the vehicle is in your name, the tag is registered to you, your insurace will have to pick up the tab if he hits somebody. Now on the bright side. Even if your policy has to pick up the tab, you shouldn't get the points He will. Good luck with it. Just so you know I tell all my clients to make sure and keep the insurance on a vehicle until it is SOLD for this reason..

Yellow X9
03-28-2008, 10:17 AM
Make sure to get his DL # for your records and see the DL to make sure its him. I've heard war stories from bike sellers that let the person ride the bike and never came back. Sport bikes inparticular

Muttley
03-28-2008, 11:52 AM
This may seem a little harsh, but personally I would not let him test drive it unless I had cash in my hand.

Motorcycles are not like cars. If a person buys a bike, they uisually know what they want. I would let him go through it, spark it up, kick the tires, but if he wants to take it for a spin, show me the money. If he doesn't like it after the test ride, I'll gladly hand him his money back.

No test pilots.

flipper
03-28-2008, 11:58 AM
I've test rode bikes where the person had me give him the asking price, or agreed amount of money first. Then if they don't want it, give it back to them. That way you don't have to worry about legal papers, and lawyer fees if something goes wrong. Plus you don't have to worry about the person not having the money to pay for it that way either.

Maristar210
03-28-2008, 11:59 AM
Dude, are you serious?

No way I would ever allow them to "test ride" a bike. I have sold 100's of bikes (literally) and not one time, never did I allow them to test ride first. I have heard of stories of wrecks thefts and so on. Don't do it.


I always say;

You hand me cash, sign the title and you can test ride it all you want. Otherwise there is no way I will allow it.

Most people will understand and those that don't... they just wanted to ride it... not buy it

I am serious don't do it...

Good Luck

88 PS190
03-28-2008, 12:42 PM
cash in hand atleast.

maristars version is great, but on the buyers side you want to know if 3rd gear is missing before you buy it don't you?

sdesmond
03-28-2008, 02:43 PM
Thanks for all the replys and help guys. I think its coming down to I will not let him ride it unless cash is in hand and he signs the bill of sale on it. There is a loan out on it so i cant sign the title over to him right then. Most dealership will not let you test drive bikes either.

flipper
03-28-2008, 02:54 PM
good idea, it would really suck to owe the bank for a bike that you no longer have

JKTX21
03-28-2008, 04:39 PM
Make sure to get his DL # for your records and see the DL to make sure its him. I've heard war stories from bike sellers that let the person ride the bike and never came back. Sport bikes inparticular

Yeah, kind of scary. The guy that bought my last bike got to watch me haul through downtown Austin and his first ride was after I had a check in my hand!

sdesmond
03-28-2008, 05:01 PM
I have it advertised on craigslist and a guy sent me an e-mail earlier about it. I replied and here is his reply back to me. These guys make me laugh. Obviously this is not the same guy that is comming tomorrow. I do feel bad for the people that fall for this crap though. I think Jim from BAWS had the same thing going on.

Thanks for your mail. am ok with the price $6900 and description on the advert and i
would want to purchase it right away,but i am in the
UK right now for a few months training and it might
be old out before my arrival.So i have told my
financier to issue you a certified cheque or money
order which will comprise the item price and the
shipping fund.i dont know if this will be ok by
you.get back to me with the followig information so
as to proceed with the transaction;
*your name
*full address
*zipcode
*state to post the payment and would appreciate you
include your phone #,so here is my phone number
+447024077204 but you can call me between 8 am and 7pm uk time for any question or enquiries

flipper
03-28-2008, 05:16 PM
It seems funny how they all use the same lines, and excuses. Almost word for word.