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Old 03-28-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Best way to get paid by an out-of-state buyer

I may have a buyer for my RV (with eyes on a bigger one down the road). He will be driving in from Michigan to close the deal.

With all the warnings from Craigs List, Ebay etc. against taking money orders, cashier checks, etc. what is the best way to have him pay me for this? It's too expensive to expect cash (~$20k). And he will be driving off with it the same day, so I can't wait for a check to clear.

I do have a Paypal account but not sure that does the trick.

Any ideas to protect everyone's interests?
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:04 PM   #2
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I'd go for a certified bank check, then call the originating bank to verify authenticity. (check#, routing number, amount, signature) Verify bank's tel# via 411 or other independent means, like internet to bank's website.

Edit add: Do it before handing over title.
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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+1 for certified check -- either that or cash when I sell a high dollar item (auto or boat).
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:17 PM   #5
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Paypal takes 4% ... that's a big number in 20k.

Cash is king (20k is not THAT big a pile of 100's).

If he wants to steal it he'll have a good looking "bank" check. Need to call the bank to verify funds. And don't use a phone number he provides.
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Rich, I went through something similar a couple of years ago when I sold a boat to an out-of-town buyer. What ls99 advised above was the best I could come up with as well.

One additional level of security is to note very carefully the security features (anti-tampering/anti-fraud) on the check itself. The document should tell you what to look for - microprint signature line, watermarks, special inks, etc.

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So the buyer called and told me that I'll get a certified check from their credit union. I'll have my DW sneak off while we are doing the inspection to authenticate the check with the credit union and assure the phone number is publicly accurate.

How to I check out the security features of the check?

I guess transactions like this are always dicey, but so far it all sounds legit.

I'll probably wait til after the summer hurricane season to buy the replacement. But I did spend an hour at LazyDays this morning.
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How to I check out the security features of the check?
The check should have instructions printed on it (front and/or back) telling you what security features to look for. The most common are watermarks, security thread, color-shifting ink, and microprint signature lines (the ____________ line for the signature is actually a tiny printed message, visible with a magnifying glass - very, very difficult to reproduce on a copy machine).
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I'll probably wait til after the summer hurricane season to buy the replacement. But I did spend an hour at LazyDays this morning.
You won't make it past May...
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Ditto on remarks from REWahoo & IS99--also suggest you be sure your transaction is happening when the issueing bank is sure to be open. I recently sold both my old
Class A and PU and found it was easier when you call the bank branch that issued and specifically requested the manager to confirm the check number, date, etc.
I also took the added caution of getting info from buyer's driver license.
Just letting buyer know you will require the above will likely assure you of a clean transaction.
Don't forget to send notice of sale to your state licensing bureau--don't want to get notice of collection on the traffic ticket your buyer gets on the way home. :-)

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I also took the added caution of getting info from buyer's driver license.NWsteve
Excellent Idea-I didn't think of driver's license. I wondered if you could record his fingerprint off the check! (I'm beyond paranoid)
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You won't make it past May...
In case you hadn't noticed, I can be very patient.
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In case you hadn't noticed, I can be very patient.
I'm surprised you didn't say "just one more year".

You'll buy within the next 60 days and "forget" to post mention of it until Oct...
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Hey, leave Rich alone, he's busy at work and doesn't always have the time to post his new purchases.
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If I work just one more year I can get a bigger RV...

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I'd go for a certified bank check, then call the originating bank to verify authenticity. (check#, routing number, amount, signature) Verify bank's tel# via 411 or other independent means, like internet to bank's website.

Edit add: Do it before handing over title.
In addition to this excellent advice, you might ask for check details in advance - check number and credit union info. A fax copy would be great. You can call ahead of time to verify, speak with a manager and take note of name and such.

If I were the buyer I would not object to this - although I would find it awkward if they tried to do it on the sly.
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To get back to the original topic, why not a wire transfer?
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I'm surprised you didn't say "just one more year".

You'll buy within the next 60 days and "forget" to post mention of it until Oct..

If I work just one more year I can get a bigger RV...
What you dolts obviously don't realize is that in 2012 RVs will be getting 10 mpg. Waiting a mere 3 years will probably be the the right play.
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What you dolts obviously don't realize is that in 2012 RVs will be getting 10 mpg. Waiting a mere 3 years will probably be the the right play.
Wait 3 years? Based on your track record you'll have upgraded twice by then.

Hey, I'm not knocking it - you always buy new and heaven knows the RV manufacturers need the business.
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Rich, Why not call a large bank and ask the manager how to safely make this sale.I did a pretty complicated deal on e-bay with a check by a person in one state and delivered the item to another state. My bank suggested to take the check, but to wait on shipping the item for 7 to 10 days to make sure that the certified check was indeed good. They said that even those can be bad.Be careful as my friends brother, who I thought was pretty smart, got taken for some high end electronics from two different crooks. What kind and size RV are you looking at? Good luck with the sale, Jerry
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