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post #1 of 11 Old Oct 22nd, 2006, 10:18 am Thread Starter
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Is E-Bay seller legit?

Just wondering if any members here have ever heard of a company called EuroSport Cycles? I've seen them selling numerous LT's on E-bay in the past few months and I'm just wondering if they're legit...

Here's a link to one of the auctions:
http://tinyurl.com/t3tv4

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post #2 of 11 Old Oct 22nd, 2006, 10:37 am
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They may be but I kept reading "the bike will be repaired to like new condition" so it looks like he is buying wrecks and fixing them up. I guess if that is what you want, go for it.

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I came across their listing a while ago and one thing that's not clearly spelled out in their listings is the kind of title the bikes will have.
For example, a salvage vehicle will - at least in California - always have 'Salvage' in the title even after re-registering. Salvage title will greatly reduce the resale value of the bike or might make it difficult to resell, so if you consider buying for keeps then this may be a good deal, otherwise you might end up loosing on the deal.
Consider also, that salvaged bikes are out of factory warranty, so you may save some dough up front, but end up loosing it at the back end if some repair issue comes up later, that - on a 'normal' bike - would be covered by factory warranty.

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IHMO I would stay away from a rebuild/salvage usually a salvage titled vehicle even rebuilt will have more problems in the long run. Insurance may not cover you if in an accident. They may claim that it was due to the prior history of the bike. Just my 2 cents....

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Exclamation Probably Legit, but why buy a bent bike?

... when you can purchase a non-salvage one for nearly the same price? Within two grand of their buy now price one could purchase the same year LT from a private party. It's my perception that they rely on the eye-candy-factor: selling shiny bikes (new plastic) that PROBABLY have been repaired to an acceptable level for use. I could be wrong -- maybe they rebuild and do non-destructive testing on the frame, etc.

I would not buy a salvage because it would haunt me that maybe a catostrophic problem could occur at 80mph. That said, do whatever blows your hair back! Your life, your money, your bike.

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I wouldn't do business with anyone who thinks they have to subtract 13 from 16 for me.

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I wouldn't do business with anyone who thinks they have to subtract 13 from 16 for me.
LOL Good advice; think I'll follow it.

Thanks for the advice guys; you're all correct, of course. Although a salvage bike may look good at first, and maybe even ride OK, I'd always be worrisome of what's about to fall off...

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Some states do not allow a salvage title to be registered. Check it out if you are inclined to buy someone elses problem.
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my two cents...

last bit of advice on any bike from ebay...

and I bought my current ride from ebay, by the way...if it sounds too good to be true, contact the seller and tell them you'd be happy to do business with TWO stipulations (and if they reply in email, it's binding, by the way).

1. That in order for the "contract" to be complete, the motorcycle has to pass a third party inspection by an independent appraiser you select

and

2. That funds you pay for the motorcycle be paid through an escrow service that YOU select, not them (in other words, you pay a .5 to 1% fee for an escrow service to hold the money, once you receive the bike and are OK, then they release the cash into the seller's hands).

When I was shopping, I had (no exaggeration) NINE "sellers" opt out of the deal and mysteriously pull their auctions immediately after I insisted on both conditions. One a**hole listed a v-rod for under $8K from Italy, including freight, when I saw it re-listed a month later I notified Ebay again.

Also, when you look at the feedback numbers next to a seller (i.e. petevandyke(233)....) don't stop there, click on it and see WHAT they've got feedback for, I'm now unfortunately in the process of looking for a new-to-me car, and you'd be amazed how many people claim to be "I only buy the best, select pre-owned vehicles for sale on Ebay..." but then when you look deep into their feedback it turns out that although they have 200+ feedback remarks, they are all for t-shirts and collectable frogs and stuff, but no vehicles...


And I mirror the above, salvage titles are for suckers, IF you can get insurance, it'll likely be twice as much for half the coverage, you have no clue what you're gonna get (might have been underwater after the hurricanes for all you know), and good luck selling it in a couple years...IF your state will title it.

cavaet emptor and all that jazz

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Unless you have experince with salvaged titles and insurance (recon, spec con) I would suggest staying away.
Plus I don't think the prices were that great anyhow.
We are going into winter in the north, and the Turkey to Santa, bike buying season is almost upon us.
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... We are going into winter in the north, and the Turkey to Santa, bike buying season is almost upon us.
Rock
It's the wrong to be selling a bike. If it's on the market, the seller is probably hightly motivated and the number of buyers are way down. It's the only time I'm actively looking (actually September through March).

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