My brother is selling his trailer to a gentleman in Winnipeg, MB. (He doesn't have an egg anymore....it's a conventionally built unit...shameful!) The selling price is $24,000 USD. He has received a check for $1000 to hold it and to cover the cost of fuel to meet the buyer in St. Louis. He's asking me for advice on the transaction, and I thought you guys could help.
OK, I'm not speaking from experience. eBay uses a company called http://www.escrow.com
for vehicle transactions. This escrow service would verify the validity and hold the funds until preagreed conditions are met like the buyer sees and accepts the trailer, an inspection is done or whatever. Once the acceptance criteria has been met or the acceptance period expires, the seller is mailed a check. There are of course fees for the service. I'm not sure how they would recommend handling delivery of the title
when the vehicle is being put to immediate use and will travel internationally. Even so, it might be worth a look-see.
Frankly, I'd be hesitant to take a foreign Cashier's check, bank draft or traveller's check. They are just too easy to counterfeit or forge these days. Since, I wouldn't feel comfortable traveling with that much cash on me, I wouldn't ask someone else to do so. Bank wires can take a lot of time. I'm sure there are other options out there.