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Old 05-16-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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Putting a deposit down?

Had anyone ever put a deposit on a bus pending inspection? Stock is pretty limited in Alaska, and we're going to look at one tonight. My husband and I don't necessarily know how to inspect the bus, so I'm thinking if it looks good, offering a refundable deposit pending our getting it inspected. He thinks it's a bad idea, though.

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Most of us like to buy from auctions and they're kind of non-negotiable on getting paid.

It's bad to give any money if you're not sure about going through with the deal. The seller should be willing to let you have it inspected.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:36 PM   #3
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Most of us like to buy from auctions and they're kind of non-negotiable on getting paid.

It's bad to give any money if you're not sure about going through with the deal. The seller should be willing to let you have it inspected.
I'm just worried that in the time it takes me to figure out how to get it inspected, someone else will buy it. I was hoping a deposit would hold it for us.

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You could look at it that way. How long has this bus been for sale? Is there actual competition or is the seller making a hard sale?

I could be wrong, but I think the seller is anxious to sell the bus. After checking it out thourally I'd make an offer at about 75% of the asking price if I really liked it. That's just business.
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You could look at it that way. How long has this bus been for sale? Is there actual competition or is the seller making a hard sale?

I could be wrong, but I think the seller is anxious to sell the bus. After checking it out thourally I'd make an offer at about 75% of the asking price if I really liked it. That's just business.
It's been for sale for a little while, and he's recently dropped the price by about 30%. I think he just wants it gone. But with limited stock available, I'm antsy, you know? Like maybe other people are ready to pounce now.
I'll try to slow my roll.

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It's been for sale for a little while, and he's recently dropped the price by about 30%. I think he just wants it gone. But with limited stock available, I'm antsy, you know? Like maybe other people are ready to pounce now.
I'll try to slow my roll.

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How many people are IN Alaska?
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That depends. Summer or winter?
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How many people are IN Alaska?
Well, there's at least me, this guy and Sarah Palin.
My bus need is a little urgent because the plan is to use it to move out of Alaska (this dropping the population down to 2), and our goal is to be on the road by September. Factor in that there just aren't many busses up here and that I can't buy one somewhere else and drive it home, and you end up wondering about putting down a deposit.


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There's quite a few brush buses up there from back in the hippy days. It's amazing where you can find the old buses, but they're way beyond hope.

Is this a bus that we've diasected previously?
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Well, there's at least me, this guy and Sarah Palin.
My bus need is a little urgent because the plan is to use it to move out of Alaska (this dropping the population down to 2), and our goal is to be on the road by September. Factor in that there just aren't many busses up here and that I can't buy one somewhere else and drive it home, and you end up wondering about putting down a deposit.


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Maybe you could consider waiting to get a bus down in the lower 48, where they're cheap and abundant.
What part of the country are you moving to?
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