I'd be suspicious. I'd want to see it run before I take it home. As a rule of thumb, I've had people drive it over to me or meet me in a public area so I can see it'll at least run.
I bought my Kymco from someone on Craigslist for $425. The seller rode it over to my house and let me do a THOROUGH test drive and inspection before I bought it. I bought it right on the spot afterwards.
your seller or buyer on craigslist .(seller) you get an email will you take "X" for it, here is my number text me . (The email response) when did you want to come get it ?
what is your interpretation of above as both seller or buyer ?
most would interpret the offer was agreed but many (myself included) won't make deals over the phone/email on craigslist. i haven't sold much through craigslist but i was taught to respond to offers with a phrase something like, "come and see it and i will give you a good deal." reason being a tough negotiator will not likely honor his original offer. so it's best to negotiate price in person.
Post by JerryScript on Mar 23, 2014 19:58:59 GMT -5
I bought a GoPed for my nephew off CraigsList, the seller set the terms. He said in the ad, no test rides without cash in hand, which I think makes perfect sense. I made sure I went with a couple of my biggest relatives to check it out, no way I would show up anywhere with a stranger knowing I'm carrying a few hundred or more in cash without having backup! It was as advertised, with all damage having been shown in the ad, I had my nephew test ride it while the rest of us stayed with the seller and the money, and after the successful test ride we made a mutually respectable deal. I would try CL again if looking for something too big to be shipped cheaply.
As for deciphering short message intents, I gave up on that back in jr high, and that was 20 odd years before text messaging was invented (Molly was just yanking my chain anyway).
Post by urbanmadness on Mar 23, 2014 23:56:57 GMT -5
I bought my first bike solo from craigslist but since I've always had at least one of my friends with me. Between the three of us we have purchased 9 bikes in the last year and half. All of them from craigslist, and at least two of us go on every buy, except for my first one, that I bought. I had to jump on the deal, and it was about 4 blocks from my house. We have had very good luck.
We sometimes negotiate over the phone, then if we reach a price, we go look at the bike. Sometimes, we just arrange the meeting look at the bike and make an offer. It really depends on what the bike is priced at when we are looking vs what it's worth. We have also bought a number of gas bikes and a Suburban on craigslist. So far the worse deal we've done is my gold wing. It broke a timing belt on the way home, but it just made a awesome deal into an OK deal. I'll still be in the bike for less then it's worth.
The bikes in our group of six peeps, Three 150's, two 250, one 500cc Scrabeo, one 500cc Beverly, two 1500cc goldwings, one 1200cc goldwing, one 1100cc goldwing. so that's eleven bikes between six of us, not counting the 50cc in pieces and parts in the garage. If someone brings a friend, we will find something for them to ride for the day... LOL
2007 Verona 150cc
115MM Hoca variator
12 gram weights
Mukuni fuel pump
top speed (58mph on GPS)
Upgraded valve stems after a blow out
I haven't bought anything expensive off CL. But I've never had issues from anyone. Got a bag o' ponies (stuffed dolls) for my nieces. Got a radio transmitter for my iPod (guy came to my house as soon as he got home from vacation 'cause I was in dire need for it). Got a free piano bench (nicest fellow--but that one, I did have a friend go with, 'cause I had zero idea where the guy lived plus sounded like not the best part of town).
Also had the guy with the saddlebags that I contacted shortly after he'd posted, kept asking where we could meet, he finally replied they were gone and first come-first serve. I told him that should apply to first contacted, esp when he wouldn't tell me where to meet while I kept trying to arrange it.
Also had the crazy lady who had teak bookcases I wanted. I figured out she's one of those that get their kicks from screwing with strangers on the 'net. Told her off, too. Well, actually, thanked her for being a stupid dog 'cause instead of paying a hundred-something for hers, I got a free one off the curb, minus $15 for paint and shelf holders.
Both of those, I could tell after a couple emails they were squirrelly. Only reason I persisted was I hoped I was wrong.
You just trust your gut feelings, save as with ebay. And meet with a friend or two along, just in case. But seriously, I think most CL folks are like any of us--plain honest folks trying to make a few bucks from something they don't need.
>'Kat, just realising I really haven't gotten much off CL despite grazing it every night....
2005 Canyon Red Piaggio BV200 198cc
2013 Ingot Silver Ford Focus hatchwagon 2.0L Inline 4-cylinder
6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual CDT (whatever all that jargon means)
(gone, but still in my heart) 1992 Seafoam Green Ford Taurus wagon 3.8L V6
That is a lot of money for that specific scooter. For another $100 -$200 you can get a new one delivered to your door if you can do the PDI.
probably closer to $300 more and then you have to deal with the headache that comes with buying online. depending on what problems you encounter that headache can get awful expensive. i'd definitely pay $300 more than online prices for the convenience of driving it off the lot. that puts his scooter closer to $1,350 new imo.
i just ordered a new 150cc Jonway last month. got it on the road 2 weeks ago and now has nearly 300km. i paid $1,030 delivered, i wouldn't take less than $1,300 if i sold it today. just saying convenience of taking it home now makes it worth more imo.
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2014 16:14:57 GMT -5 by ramblinman
There is rust all over that thing. look at the shocks. It didn't live in a garage I suspect. It looks like it was never washed. If the owner didn't bother to wash it, would he bother to maintain it? I notice it is sitting in the rain for the photos. I would pass.