If you’re a practical person who considers buying a vehicle to get around point A to B, getting a used bike is usually not an issue. They can be parked almost anywhere, are easier to get around, and have lower maintenance costs than cars.
However, many shy away from the idea mainly because they’re more worried about the problems they will inherit from the previous owner, and the vehicle’s lack of warranty. What they fail to consider are the general benefits that can actually outweigh these issues if inspected properly.
Think cheaper insurance and purchase price, for example. And if you’re not planning to use the vehicle extensively or for a long time, there’s no reason why you should reject the idea of buying a used bike.
So how do you purchase a used motorcycle? Let us guide you through a list of what to look for when choosing a used bike to buy.
It’s better if you narrow down your set of options first into a specific model or make. This might entail a bit of research but settling into a choice can help you concentrate on selecting one that is better in condition. In contrast, if you choose a feature, you might end up with a lot of choices that could further divert your time and effort.
You must also consider the cost you are willing to spend, including insurance, licensing, and maybe repair after the purchase.
Some advertisements may appear vague, leaving it up to you to decipher the code. Read between the lines! If the ad says the vehicle is a “collector’s item” for example, that may imply that it could be hard to get parts for replacement. A vehicle that “needs work“ means additional cost for repair. Or, one that is advertised to be negotiable can mean an opportunity for haggling.
Ask, Inquire, Investigate
Before you rush to the seller’s garage to see the model, make sure you don’t waste your time by calling ahead and asking for the important information: its age, the reason for selling, if it needs repair, or if it has gone under major replacements in the past. These details are important for you to know if the risk you’re willing to take is commensurate with the investment object in question.
Once you’ve talked to the seller and felt interested in the bike, you can go ahead and arrange an appointment to see the vehicle. Get a feel of the bike and check the parts. If you’re not an expert on the matter, it might be good to bring along someone who does who can decipher the mechanic talk. Most importantly, get a feel of the seller and if he’s wiling to come to a price that is favorable for both.
If the seller does not demonstrate willingness for compromise, know that it is a seller’s market. If he or she does not give up the vehicle, don’t fuss. You will find a new deal sooner or later.