Tips for safely selling a bicycle

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Hi All, I'm looking for tips on safely selling a bike privately using one of the advertising websites.

My main concern is that they will want a spin on it, and how do I stop them riding off into the sunset? It's different than a car transaction in that I can't accompany them on the bike and there is no log-book so nothing that I can hold to prove ownership.

I appreciate that the majority of prospective purchasers will be as anxious as I am for an honest transaction, but I still don't want to get caught out.

Thanks in advance for any advice or experience of this.
 

mugsymugsy

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If you don't feel comfortable ask for the cash before they hop on the bike. Have someone else with you ideally
 

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Thanks, but likewise, who would hand over cash for a bike when they haven't tried it? The buyer will be worried that I will be the one who high-tails in that situation.
 

mathepac

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Given the number of traders masquerading as private sellers on a number of such sites, I’d need more assurance than that, cynic that I am. Buyer wants a spin, cash please.
 

Peanuts20

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check your insurance firstly to ensure you are covered if they do take the bike for a ride and crash it. Not sure how you check if they are covered themselves. Secondly you could take them for a pillion ride initially. check their ID also.
 

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check your insurance firstly to ensure you are covered if they do take the bike for a ride and crash it. Not sure how you check if they are covered themselves. Secondly you could take them for a pillion ride initially. check their ID also.
Don't think any potential buyer would appreciate having to give you a 'crossbar' on a test cycle. :D
My main concern is that they will want a spin on it, and how do I stop them riding off into the sunset? It's different than a car transaction in that I can't accompany them on the bike and there is no log-book so nothing that I can hold to prove ownership.
 
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Sue Ellen

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Don't think any potential buyer would appreciate having to give you a 'crossbar' on a test cycle. :D
Well to be fair the title is better with the term 'bicycle' which is why I have changed it. People are more inclined to use the expression 'motor bike'.
 

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People are more inclined to use the expression 'motor bike'.
Exactly !
And nowhere in the OP was that used, I 'bolded' the terms that related to a push cycle within my quote of the OP for clarity,
hence my 'toungue-in-cheek' reply to Peanuts20.

However with your editing it definitely does remove any ambiguity.
 
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