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    Buying bike from Alberta without being there (escrow & shipping)

    Getting back into bikes and looking at one in Alberta right now. I won't be able to check it out in person before buying which I'm fine with as it's essentially brand new and I will have a skype call to go over a couple things.

    I've contacted a shipper and am all good on that front, only question is how to go about payment. I figure I have two options - escrow via a lawyer/notary, or trying to find a dealership that will buy the bike and I buy from them.

    Wondering if anyone else has gone through this or similar and has any idea how the escrow would work/cost, or if there's a better idea that I'm missing. Flying/driving out and riding it back isn't really an option due to a bad back sadly

    Cheers

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    i purchased my chopper from Edmonton.. flew out there, and rode it back home. Registered & paid GST once back in BC.
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    You mentioned driving ther and back isnt an option due to bad back. What about taking a car and renting a uhaul trailer for 2 days and trailering bike back? There is also PayPal route as well. Could work, and it does give you some protection as well. I used it before for private purchases like these, but not anywhere close to the value of a bike though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvrle1 View Post
    You mentioned driving ther and back isnt an option due to bad back. What about taking a car and renting a uhaul trailer for 2 days and trailering bike back? There is also PayPal route as well. Could work, and it does give you some protection as well. I used it before for private purchases like these, but not anywhere close to the value of a bike though.
    Forgot about paypal - that could work. I think there fees are percentage based and thus might be fairly steep here but def worth looking into - thanks

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    i should say in my case the bike was brand new and i purchased from a dealer.. went through my bank for the $$..
    they called directly and spoke with the dealer's bank who helped clearing the transaction.. had no problems at all.

    but yeah if its a used bike, and source is not a business entity i dont know if I would go through it...

    i deal face to face for those types of purchases, trust nobody.
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    It must be a special bike for a really low price. Long distance deals are hard to pull off. I shudder when I get long distance inquiries about a bike for sale. Good luck.

    Btw paypal is real expensive. They charge or used to charge 10%.

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    agreed on above comment..

    in my case the deal was a no-brainer.. I actually called the dealer to verify if I was looking at all the correct information.

    It was an S model for a very sought after Year due to color, options after a model re-design.

    It was rather funny actually, as I had to make said decision in 15 minutes... i arranged for deposit during the 1st cold call.

    Sales rep called me back to arrange full payment on a saturday as agreed, apparently another BC resident
    called regarding the EXACT same bike not 20 minutes after i had made the original deposit.. I knew exactly what i was looking at never blinked.

    he got stuck with the NON-S model and was responsible for another 500 bucks in savings on my end!! 1st come 1st served
    Last edited by bacchus40; 03-28-2019 at 08:20 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Land Roving
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    Ended up testing a MT-07 and enjoyed it more than the Ninja I was looking at in Alberta (tested a local one).

    Bought a brand new MT today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordero View Post
    Ended up testing a MT-07 and enjoyed it more than the Ninja I was looking at in Alberta (tested a local one).

    Bought a brand new MT today
    Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordero View Post
    Ended up testing a MT-07 and enjoyed it more than the Ninja I was looking at in Alberta (tested a local one).

    Bought a brand new MT today


    this is how these things go

    congrats! yeh man. its a rough winter out there, thats a pain to bring a bike back across
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    Quote Originally Posted by Land Roving
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordero View Post
    Ended up testing a MT-07 and enjoyed it more than the Ninja I was looking at in Alberta (tested a local one).

    Bought a brand new MT today

    great choice. seems like Yamaha really ticked the boxes on both the MT07 and 09. you're gonna have a superb summer!
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    Thanks!

    Gotta find some gear now. Last time I was riding, modern motorcycles was the place to go for deals on gear. Is that still the case? Where else is good that's open on Sundays?

    I hear east side Re-Rides is good, gonna check them out but looking for other options as well

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    When I bought a bike from alberta it was relatively simple. Called a dealer and setup a presale inspection, done. Put a reverse auction on uship. Shipper showed up, I got a bank# from the owner, walked into local branch of his bank here and deposited the money, shipper leaves with my bike.

    I wouldnt exactly say it was stressfree but thats how I did it.

    Dealers will have nothing to do with being a middleman. Buy from them or nothing.

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