10 tips to spot a Scam Motorcycle Auction.

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Motorcycle DeliveryIt's always a worry when looking to buy a motorcycle from an online auction,
The honest answer is, you don't but there are a number of things you can do to put the odds in your favour.
  1. No matter how many photos they have put on their listing, ask for more. 5 new photos, each side of Motorcycle, front and back motorcycle, lastly from above the motorcycle. Ask them to place the logbook on the seat of bike for all photos..... the one from above been close enough to make out details on the log book (Motorcycle reg number etc).
  2. Ask for a photo of the frame and engine number, these are not hard to locate on most bikes and can be easily photographed.
  3. Ask for everything you speak about on the phone to be confirmed in writing through ebays messaging platform and also a personal email address. 
  4. Anyone who says they cannot speak on the phone should set alarm bells ringing. I have dealt with sellers who have tried every trick in the book, the latest a seller who had his jaw wired up so could not speak..... he'd also hurt his hands so could only type a few words........
  5. Look out for stolen MX/Enduro bikes. Easy to steal and easy to sell on. Most scammers who sell on these stolen bikes don't really know anything about them. Again ask questions, frame and engine numbers should be readable. Ask about after market parts on the bike, where/who it came from and what was the last purchase price. 
  6. Ask the seller for proof that the log book is in their name, registered to the address that the bike will need collecting from
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