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Aug 05

Posts: 7568

babyblade41 says:

Quick bit of advice needed

didn't want to post on here but a few of you might have some good advice.


Got to pick a bike up Saturday from Kent, the guy says he has to pick it up from his mates house, but has also asked that we accompany him to the bank and pay the cash in to his account as he is weary of having dodgy notes.


After the debacle we are still having with the log book for the other one, we don't want to be put in another dodgy position.


We are picking the bike up in the van as we didn't want to get it insured in case it's not up to the spec described (this has happened before)

If the bank is not near any parking bays what is the safest form of action as in shall we keep the keys and log book just in case this is a scam, or what is the best way of doing the deal.


We have asked him if he can bring proof off address comfirming that the log book is the same as on ID

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Mar 09

Posts: 8930

jaffa90 says:

pick up

Make sure the guy selling the bike OWNS it outright,check for outstanding finance.

Also have a word with your bank they should give you cash sealed up say in £1,000 bags.

This should be sufficient for the seller,

You should take a mate and he/she should be 2 metres tall and weigh 150kg with muscles.

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Aug 02

Posts: 206

currypasty says:


Tell the geezer you wont hand over any money unless you can see the bike at the address that's on the log book and you also want proof of his ID. Anything less tell him to go take a running **** to himself. It all sounds like a scam but it's your choice at the end of the day.

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Mar 12

Posts: 1286

Sounds like..........

He is as wary of you, as you are of him.


Maybe a bankers draft as proof of payment.

And a gas/elec/water bill to check address same as V5.

Make sure it's the new red V5 and not an old blue one which should have been destroyed.


Good luck with it.

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Jan 08

Posts: 616

Steveyman says:

Do your homework

Prepare yourself for the worst!

The guy could be genuine, lives in a flat and leaves his bike at his mates for security and doesn't like carrying wads of cash in his pocket.

On the other hand it could be someone selling a stolen bike and once the cash is in his bank there's nothing you can do about it.

Check the log book, Reg, chassis and engine numbers match the log book. Check with dvla if the log book should be red. Check that he is the legal owner, should also be on the log book. Do a HPI check.

Ask for more than one form of I/d just be honest and say I have been caught out before and won't be again, if I suspect something is not right I will not buy.

Check everything you can think of, take someone with you.

If in doubt walk away.

Good luck I really do hope it is genuine.

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Jul 08

Posts: 4401

ninjachica says:


Make up a cardboard box, covered in gaffa tape, with a spirit level just showing on the top.

Attach this to the bike, when strapping into the van.

Explain to him, that this is 'a device' designed to go off, if someone moves the bike while you are in the bank.   

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Jun 12

Posts: 583

enfieldturbo says:

i use this for £3 it tells you what you need to know

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Aug 06

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dave_c says:


I love it :lol:

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Jun 12

Posts: 583

enfieldturbo says:


check engine and chassis numbers are the same on the v5 as are on the bike :wink:

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Sep 06

Posts: 8579

fuzzrr says:


You already are having doubts. Find one which doesnt ring any of your alarm bells from the beginning.

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Nov 05

Posts: 1464

evlcatnw says:


forget to check that all the numbers on the v5 correspond with the numbers on the bike as well...

Before ste bought his current bike went to look at one and several of the numbers didnt match-bloke was gutted and convinced it was an error on the dvla's part but even a month later hadnt sorted it out-ste walked away....

You can never do enough checks hun-paying with cash gives u no remit or proof of purchase....get him to take his passport/driving license, pre print a receipt and write his addy, his passport/driving license number down on it.....

Ste also paid for a hpi mobile checker that u can put all of the details in to ensure it all corresponds when u get there... Worth taking an extra half an hour to make sure! Good luck xx

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