Although buying a used dirtbike is a great way of getting into the sport, it comes with its own risks, particularly if you’re buying a dirt bike that isn’t registered.
Before you hand over cash, always make sure to see proof of ownership. If the bike is stolen, it will be returned to the Police. You will then be responsible for the loss.
Even if the seller advertises the bike as in “good condition”, it doesn’t mean it is worth its fair market value. Unless you know the history of the seller, it’s a case where ‘buyer beware.
While most sellers won’t try to scam you, it is worth taking the time to ensure your safety.
These are some important things to remember.
Getting a Bike in a Private Sale: What To Know
Who is the owner?
Ask the bike owner for all the documentation.
You will need to have invoices for repairs, maintenance, or parts to get a sense of the bike’s past.
The best way to ensure your safety is to buy a bike with current
registration documents and a Roadworthy Certificate.
Reasons to Sell a Bike
The truth is, lower prices can push you to buy a used bike. However, don’t fall into the price trap. Ask the owner about the reason for bike selling and see how they answer. If you think they are fumbling or lying, it’s best to back off than to buy junk and regret for the rest of your life.
Remember, it is common for sellers to rush to close a deal in an attempt to grab your attention and miss something.
Is The Bike Unregistered?
Do not buy an unregistered bike, even if the cost is a tenth of the same new model. Don’t be surprised if the owner doesn’t have the registration documents. It could have serious mechanical issues or be stolen.
If the seller is selling the bike close to the new bike cost, try to offer them a 15-20% price. They may not take you seriously, but it is still worth trying.
You can negotiate for defects and damage that are visible.
Getting a Used Bike From Dealership
It is advisable to buy from a dealer because of the below reasons:
The Offer Warranty
A warranty is available, typically for three to six months. You will receive proper documentation and a service manual.
You can always trade in your bike. This will help you avoid the hassle of selling privately. If you’re looking to purchase your new bike directly from them, you’ll generally get a better price.
This is a huge plus. This will ensure that you have a place where your bike can be taken for tuning, repairs or maintenance. They may also allow you to trade it in when you are ready to buy your next bike.
Other Places To Look For A Bike
You can access the Facebook App from your smartphone. You can create alerts to be notified whenever a listing matches your search is published.
This is where most people go when searching online. CPlus is a mobile app that you can download to your smartphone. It allows you to set up alerts and be notified about new posts, just like Facebook Marketplace.
Check out the bulletin board of your local club if you are looking to buy a used dirt bike. You will find for-sale advertisements there. Talk to people. You might know someone selling a bike. If you are looking for a bike for children, there may be bikes available for sale if they are outgrowing their current bikes or moving up.
You will often find a section for sale on such forums. However, as with all online purchases, you should be cautious. Photos, specifications, make, model and year should all be included. A VIN is provided with dirt bikes. This can be checked online for a small charge.
While you can buy a used dirt bike to get into the sport, make sure you buy new protective gear like Motocross boots, a full-face helmet, and chest protector, etc. Safety should be your top priority while riding off the road.
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