How To Buy a Used Motorcycle the Right Way
Looking for a used motorcycle is all about being as informed as possible and cutting through the sales pitch. You should be friendly, respectful and direct when dealing with sellers. Here are some tips for avoiding getting caught up in the game of salesmanship.
Know Prices and Parts
If you know the make and model of a used motorcycle you are looking at, for example, vintage yamaha motocross bikes, do some research on the average going rate for others like it. Also, before meeting with the seller, research the various parts for the model you will be looking at. You will want to buy something with parts that are easy to find. If you end up with a bike whose parts are no longer available, you might be out of luck down the road.
Ask for a Cold Start
When scheduling a showing of a used bike, request that the seller not crank or warm it up before you arrive. You’ll get a better idea of the state of the motor if you start it cold. Starting a warm engine hides a lot of tuning issues. That way you’ll have a clear idea of what the problems with the bike may be and can start an informed negotiation on price if you decide to buy.
Check the VIN
It’s a good idea to ask for the VIN number and plate number so you can cross check with the DMV. They can let you know how much it would cost to register, should you move forward with the purchase. They can also let you know if it was stolen- you don’t want to unwittingly get caught up in legal issues. You might also want to make sure it doesn’t have any back fees or lien holders. Moral of the story- try to avoid any surprises.
If you know what you are walking into, you should be fine when entering the market for a used bike. Keep your wits about you and you’ll be on the road in no time!