"I bought this great 10-year-old bike with super low miles for $500!"There are a lot of poor dumb assholes that don't believe that truth.
Then it needs a stator... and the stators are discontinued and rare, so that costs you $400. Then you need the gasket. A couple hundred in labor for troubleshooting the charging system and you now have $1,150 in the bike.
Of course the tires are expired and hard as a rock, so there's another $400. Now you have $1,550 in this $500 bike.
The bike has a running issue... a stumble or a hesitation... Troubleshooting that, new intake boots and O-rings, fuel filter, fuel lines, and now you have $2,100 in this $500 bike.
It's getting to the point where you could have purchased a newer bike without issues for what you have in this one... and you wouldn't be into a bike for FOUR TIMES what you paid for it and TWICE what you can sell it for.
One other thing... Sometimes a person's reality is 99% perception and 1% fact. People become convinced of things and that becomes their reality. Whether it's something they were told by a person they respect, or it's a justification they invent for a bad decision they made. Then, an experience or observation of someone else's experience will open their eyes... what we get now is REGRET. All because the person wasn't honest with themselves from the outset.
If a deal seems too good to be true... yeah, it probably is.