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Places to check if a bike's for sale is stolen

Old 08-22-07, 11:07 AM
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Places to check if a bike's for sale is stolen

I've been checking craigslist in my area for a used bike. If I find one I'm interested what are some steps I can take to see if it's a stolen bike?
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Old 08-23-07, 02:51 PM
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Ask questions. The real owner should be able to answer them. Also,ask to see the original receipt.

You should also avoid sellers who are actually pawn shops.
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http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/403602503.html

^vague ads for bikes missing wheels like this^ = red flag

ridiculously low price = red flag

bike way to big/small for the person selling it = red flag

as mentioned- the real owner should be familiar with the bike

red flag does not mean it IS stolen but you should dig deeper to see whats up.
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
Ask questions. The real owner should be able to answer them. Also,ask to see the original receipt.

You should also avoid sellers who are actually pawn shops.
I dont know abotu you but i dont have any receipts for my bikes anymore. n even the ones i did have the ink faed after a year. Now what?
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Old 08-23-07, 09:02 PM
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Yeah, I couldn't produce a receipt either. My most frequently used bike I got at a University auction. I sometimes wonder if it had been reported stolen at one time, but it is legitimately mine now. I still couldn't produce my auction receipt.
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I have receipts for all but one of my bikes. That one came off eBay,and I have a screen shot of the listing. Good idea to have these in case the bike's stolen to prove it's yours.
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