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How To Sell Your Motorcycle


You've been riding your motorcycle for a few years and now you want a new or different bike. You finally know what you want and are ready to buy. That means you may want to sell your current bike.

Here's How:

  1. You may opt to keep your bike. If money's no object, you can afford the insurance and you have the room, then this choice may make sense. Of course, your attachment to the bike may make this the only choice.

  2. If you're buying new, your dealer will probably take your bike as a trade-in. Be sure to check the various Price Services to see what your bike is worth to help you in the negotiation process.

  3. Auctioning a bike is a new way to sell your bike. eBay is the most popular service. Check out how others have written up their bikes and included pictures before you decide how to list yours.

  4. Always tell your friends that you have a bike for sale. Even a friend who doesn't ride might suddenly take an interest in wanting to learn to ride and might want to buy it.

  5. If you belong to a motorcycle club, announce that you have your bike up for sale. If there is a club newsletter, list it there also. Since your bike will be well known to the club, you may get a fast sale.

  6. Often a local dealer will either put your bike on the floor for sale and take a small commission or make it known to others looking for bikes that you have one for sale.

  7. Every newspaper has motorcycle want ads. Just try to make your ad stand out.

  8. There are many Web sites that offer want ads for motorcycles. The Motorcycles site also has a Classifieds service.

  9. You can also try listing on the various motorcycle forums.

How To Buy a Used Motorcycle


New riders should always start out with a used bike until they get trained and get plenty of practice spread over perhaps a year. Here are some ways to get that bike.

Here's How:

  1. Buying a bike from an Internet auction is the newest way to buy. The most popular service is eBay.

  2. Every newspaper has motorcycle want ads. You probably won't have far to travel to see the bike. It will be easy to have a local mechanic check out the bike before you buy it.

  3. There are many Web sites that offer free want ads for motorcycles. The Motorcycles site now has classifieds too.

  4. Always tell your friends that you are looking to buy. Someone may know someone else who has a bike for sale.

  5. If you belong to a motorcycle club, announce to the members that you are looking for another bike. Since any bike you buy from a club member will be well known to you, you stand to get a good value.

  6. You're probably going to be visiting your local dealer anyway so look for good trade-ins. Mention to the sales people that you are looking for a certain kind of bike. They may work to find a bike for you.

 

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