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    How find out if a bike is stolen?

    I'm looking to buy a bike on craigslist and I don't want to get one that's stolen. How do I find out if a bike I'm interested in is a stolen bike? Is there any way?

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    if it's a decent bike, the owner should know a little about it or have the paperwork.
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    As part of your negotiations, ask the seller to provide a written receipt with their name and address at a minimum. If they balk, that will tell you something is up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadLoad View Post
    As part of your negotiations, ask the seller to provide a written receipt with their name and address at a minimum. If they balk, that will tell you something is up.
    When you say written receipt, do you mean for my purchase of their bike or for their original purchase? Because people rarely keep receipts from their old bike purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
    When you say written receipt, do you mean for my purchase of their bike or for their original purchase? Because people rarely keep receipts from their old bike purchases.
    I actually had someone ask me for a written receipt because he looked like a criminal and the price was too low on a walmart bike on sale for $75 that I sold for $25 just to get rid of quickly, just a piece of paper with my name, sale price... no problem.

    I think it's a total waste of time but if it makes you feel better go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadLoad View Post
    As part of your negotiations, ask the seller to provide a written receipt with their name and address at a minimum. If they balk, that will tell you something is up.
    +1. Put the serial # and both your signatures on it. Then if it ever gets stolen you have proof of ownership for the police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    +1. Put the serial # and both your signatures on it. Then if it ever gets stolen you have proof of ownership for the police.
    Ask for his name to be printed and legible below the signature, then check his ID to make sure the name is real. If he stole the bike, there's no way he's going to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
    When you say written receipt, do you mean for my purchase of their bike or for their original purchase? Because people rarely keep receipts from their old bike purchases.
    For the purchase you make of their bike. The theory is that a thief should be reluctant to give you evidence that he sold you the bike, if it's stolen. This assumes a modicum of intelligence in the thief, however.

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