Is it time to get a new motorcycle? Getting a new motorcycle can be a fun and exciting experience. However, what will be done with the old bike? Selling that used motorcycle is often the right choice. Unfortunately, figuring out how to do that properly and safely can be an issue.
Avoiding the stress
Selling a motorcycle can be a timely and frustrating process. For those who wish to sell their used motorcycle easily and without all the hassle, there are websites available that can make the process simple. To sell your used motorcycle through one of these sites, there are simple steps to follow.
The first thing that needs to be done is to fill out a simple evaluation form. This provides the company with the VIN and basic information about the bike. If in the area of the company, the motorcycle can be taken to a convenient location for an evaluation. A price will be determined, and the bike can be sold quickly and easily.
However, if the motorcycle is not in the location of the website, many companies offer a no- or low-cost shipping option. The motorcycle being sold can be conveniently picked up and shipped to the company’s location. Once the bike is evaluated, I will send a check.
Preparing the motorcycle
If choosing to sell the motorcycle privately, the first thing that needs to be done is to prepare the bike for sale. To get the best price for the motorcycle, the bike has to look and run really well. A bike that is dirty or seems to be running improperly may greatly impact the price.
It is important to get the motorcycle looking as close to new as possible. There are tips and tricks available for detailing a motorcycle to get it showroom clean. To really clean the bike and have it ready for sale, it may be a good idea to consider a detailing service.
Next, it is important to at least provide the motorcycle with a good tune-up. Changing the oil, replacing the filter, checking the brakes and battery, or any other task that would be performed before a long trip can ensure the bike runs well for any test drive.
Setting a price, listing, and showing the motorcycle
Before posting an advertisement for the motorcycle, it is a good idea to determine a fair price. There are various websites available that can provide estimated values of all types of motorcycles in any condition. It is also a good idea to set the price a little higher than the bottom dollar amount since many people enjoy haggling the price lower.
Next, the motorcycle needs to be listed in areas where interested customers will see it. There are often motorcycle group pages available that allow advertising. Once a potential customer calls, the next step is setting up a showing of the motorcycle.
Showing the motorcycle can be a complicated process. It is important to have the showing in a public area and ensure the insurance policy on the bike is up to date. Some suggest avoiding test drives without payment to provide protection in case the buyer is an inexperienced rider. Although this process is long and complicated, it can be done successfully and provide some extra cash to put towards the purchase of the new motorcycle. However, it is important to always follow safety guidelines when selling to the public.
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