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I posted my bike for sale on craigslist. Someone from Canada asked me about it and wants the VIN number because they need 72 hours to bring something like this over the boarder.

He never mentioned the price.....just seemed like a done deal with a few pics and a 3 minute phone call.

Is there someway this could be a scam? Am I taking a risk giving the VIN number out?

Thanks!
 

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I suppose w/ a VIN you could dummy up a title, but I don't know how easy that would be. As I seller I could see your concern.

However, as a buyer there is no way I would send money without knowing the VIN first, and then running a VIN check to make sure it is clear.

My $.02... send him the VIN.

Dan
 

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Importing a bike into Canada requires you to inform Customs 72 hours in advance
 

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Hi all,

The reason for the request is quite simple. In order to import a vehicle into Canada, it is necessary for the importer (in this case the buyer) to provide to customs a letter of "Recall Clearance" meaning there is no outstanding service issues pending.

This is one of the stupid hoops customs places on the importation. After this, the bike still has to be inspected within 45 days for safety reg issues such as lights, but that is done by the purchaser once the bike is home.

Reason I know is I am considering doing the same, but in the interest of customer relations I would have informed the current owner of the requirements so the question didnt appear to be coming out of right field.

Also there is a web site that explains this with all the love and kisses that customs is so known for. www.riv.com


So raging56, without him asking about $$ I dont know, But as I mentioned earlier, if somewhat has explained why, has given a decent deposit, and I think as well as some details of picking the bike up, should be safe. I know when it comes down to me closing a deal, I will ensure that all questions are answered for the seller as to why this crap is needed, and to make things go as smoothly as possible.

then again, maybe Im the oddity, Ive never been interested in screwing people over.

Hopefully soon to be a VTX owner,

Ken J
 

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If you think this is bad, try importing an airplane that was made in the U.S. back to the U.S. from Canada. Aaaarrrrgh!
 

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raging56 said:
I posted my bike for sale on craigslist. Someone from Canada asked me about it and wants the VIN number because they need 72 hours to bring something like this over the boarder.

He never mentioned the price.....just seemed like a done deal with a few pics and a 3 minute phone call.

Is there someway this could be a scam? Am I taking a risk giving the VIN number out?

Thanks!
Take a look at any car or bike on Ebay or any other auto/cycle sale site if you're worried about giving your VIN out. You'll only join like a billion people in having it floating out there.

I busted a guy once when I was looking for a car....Found one local on AutoTrader.com and thought it looked familiar. Pulled up the same car on Ebay 1500 miles away. The guy on AutoTrader had taken the VIN and pictures from Ebay and was running some scam. Let the guy on Ebay know (he was the legitimate owner) and also turned the phone number and IP info of the AutoTrader guy over to the local Sheriff's office.
 
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