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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-26-2005, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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A good deal? (Ninja 250)

2004 KAWASAKI NINJA, 250, only 2,100 miles, all stock, runs great, $2400, rebuilt title



Thats all the information that the guy gives. I have not contacted him yet, but with a rebuilt title, what are some things that I should look out for?

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Not sure what the deal is with the rebuilt title, but at the dealership I just got my 500 at, they had a used 250 with 500 miles for $2500. Also seemed to be a common price in the local want ads for really low mileage.

See what he means by rebuilt title and go from there. That would scare me with a car though, nevermind a motorcycle.
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Why would one sell a "rebuild" for $2,400 when they are 3K NEW? But yeah, I agree with Lyle, what EXACTLY does he mean by "rebuilt title"....

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I agree...

Blow the extra $600 and get one with less that 10 miles on it and a clear title....

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I'd say NOT a good deal.

"Rebuilt" title, I believe, means the bike was declared a total loss by the insurance company, so it's not a clean title. Bike was either totalled in an accident, water damage, theft, something like that.

You can buy a clean used 250 with very low miles for that $$. I'd just stay away from any "rebuilt" or "salvage" titled bikes.
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Yeah, "Rebuilt" sounds like it means the same thing as "Salvage" title, which is always a bad, bad deal.

As far as what to look out for.. bent frame, bent subframe, bent forks, effed up wheels, any signs that the bike suffered some sort of terminal catastrophe.

"Salvage" titles are often shunned entirely by insurance companies, and sometimes even the local DMV. So there can be a lot of logistical paperwork type problems added on to the fact that the bike is probably fatally damaged in the first place (which is a safety problem unto itself).

IMO, a "clear" title is an absolute MUST when buying a used bike. There are enough problems that can pop up with a clear titled bike, let alone a bike that has been terminally damaged.

Once a bike, or car for that matter, has been damaged to the extent that a "salvage" title must be obtained, it'll never be the same, no matter what is done in the way of repairs. Always bad news.
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the replys. I guess my search continues!

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Exclamation Hey Lyle

I actually put a girl on a 2005 250R yeaterday. Brand new, off of the showroom floor for $2999.00. If you spend the extra $500.00 you can have a zero miles bike and know exactly what your new bikes' title means! Oh yeah, there is only about a $100.00 mark-up on those lil'guys! Fun starter bike!
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I'll second the "fun" aspect. I had one as my first bike, it's a lot of fun to blast through corners, wind the gears out, very light and easy to flick around. And will still go 100mph.
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