Buying and selling motorbikes: Getting a good deal

To get the best possible price when buying or selling a motorbike, a certain amount of preparation time is needed.

While you could walk into a dealership and drive out on a new bike in the space of an afternoon, the chances are that you’ll have paid more than you needed to. By the same token, if you take the first offer you get on your motorbike, the chances are that you won’t make as much as you could.

Let some online experts guide you in the best ways to buy and sell motorbikes and you’ll be in a much better position to get a great deal.

How to buy a motorbike

There are a lot of things you’ll want to look out for when you’re buying a new motorbike, from the bike’s current condition to it reputation on the roads. This buying guide from UK Net is a great place to start, as it has some very useful but simple advice to really get you thinking about what you want from your motorbike. You’ll also find some invaluable advice and information being offered by Motortrader, which features up to date news and coverage from the word of motors.

You’ll also find a wealth of useful information about making sure you buy the best bike for you from Bennetts, who’ve put together a comprehensive list of pros and cons for different types of bike. Aside from choosing the best bike for your skills and riding style, you’ll also want to ensure you’re getting a vehicle that’s in good condition. Take a look at Visor Down’s used motorbike buying tips for a checklist that’s sure to help you separate the duds from the best buys.

Selling your old motorbike

When you’re upgrading to a new ride, you’re likely to want to find a new home for your existing bike. This is a great way to offset the cost of your new set of wheels but you’ll need to be willing to put in a little effort if you want to make a decent return. Fix any minor problems with your bike before offering it for sale and always take the time to give it a good clean. There are some other easy things you can do to improve your asking price, find out more from Bike Trader and Motorcycle News.

You’ll also want to research your best forums for selling, ranging from dedicated motoring magazines to sites such as eBay and Gumtree. Get some great tips for upping your price when selling online from the Kneeslider. Exchange and Mart has some excellent advice for protecting yourself when you’re hoping to sell your bike, including warning signs to watch out for, such as people offering to buy your bike without having seen it first. By taking the time to learn a few tricks of the trade, you can help to make sure your bike is an attractive prospect to serious buyers, so it’s well worth investing a little time in getting it right.

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