Re: Buying a used dirt bike on Craigslist without a title safely...how?
That's like asking...
"I want to have sex with this girl who has herpes and crabs safely....how?"
Sure it can be done, but here's so much hassle and so much risk, is it really worth it?
Things to consider...
1) You can't get a copy of a title that's under someone elses name, unless you have a power of attorney or something similar.
2) Most states now days will not give out any information about a previous/current owner of a vehicle.
3) A bill of sale (especially one that isn't notarized) won't do you much good. If it turns out that the bike is stolen, and the cops take it, you lose out. Then YOU have to take the previous guy to small claims court to try and get your money back, which isn't guaranteed.
4) No one is lazy to the point that they wouldn't get a copy of THEIR title to increase the resale value by hundreds (if not thousands). This usually means it's stolen or they bought it from someone without a title, meaning unless you track down that person, you're fucked. (refer to #1 and #2).
I know this from expereince as I purchased a bike from my friend with no title. The story he gave me was believable (Military guys will sometimes dump old vehicles when they get relocated), plus he got it from a friend who used to own a dealership. I checked the bikes history and the bike was not stolen. Anyways it's pretty much impossible to acquire the title at that point. Luckly I used the bike as a stunt bike anyways and only paid $250 for it (96 GSXR750). I stunted it for a couple months, then sold it to someone else for the same price.
Last edited by REVLIMIT; 01-11-2011 at 08:29 PM.