So I'm selling my 2000 GS500. I have someone who wants to buy it, but now I'm having some issues.
I bought it with about 8500 KM on it for $3500. I put it down, and had the parts that were scuffed replaced by modern (bar end, oil cover, signal, muffler). I also asked them to check the carbs and see if they needed a cleaning, or a re-jetting, and they said they just shimmed it. Not even sure what that means.
It now has just over 10,000 KM, and I'm selling it for $3000. The girl who wants to buy it wanted a pre-purchase inspection done at MotoMethod, which I figured is fair. So now MotoMethod has told me that it needs new tires, a gasket replaced, a ballast for the turn signals (previous owner put in LED signals and they now blink a bit fast), some oil for the fork, and a carb cleaning, which will cost about $300, because it has a flat spot in the power just above idle.
So here's where I'm a bit cross. I had taken it back to Modern and asked them if there was something wrong with it, because it felt a bit slow, and was assured that it ran fine and that it was just because I was now used to my newer, faster Triumph. I believe them, since my friend, who had originally ridden the bike home for me when I bought it, rode it and told me the same thing.
Modern's assuring me that they remember the bike and stand by their statement that it runs fine.
Ok, so, opinions about either shop aside, what should I do, here? I basically told MotoMethod to go ahead and do the work, because I've heard that they're reputable and wouldn't lie to me to get more money out of me, and I don't want to have to insure it for another day or two while I take it to different garages and try to have the work done cheaper, and honestly, I'd feel better about selling her a bike that's got all the little kinks fixed up. She's agreed to help with the cost in some way, since now she knows she'll be getting it in very good condition, so that's cool.
What would you do? Would you just say screw the work, reduce the price, and sell as-is, or get the work done (probably looking at $900), and then re-list for a few hundred more?
BTW I just want to put out there that I have no complaints right now about either garage, and that the girl looking to buy the bike has been very reasonable and cool, and that I want her to get a fair deal...