Bike Selling Guide
While selling your used Motorbike may sound simple enough, we have compiled some
simple and practical steps to help you get the best price for your Motorbike and help
the process go more smoothly.
Preparing your Motorbike for sale
The first thing to do is give your Motorbike a good, thorough clean. Get into all the nitty
gritty bits (with an old tooth brush, if need be) to make your bike look nearly as good as new.
- Black the tyres
- Polish the chrome and paintwork
- Touch up paint chips and scratches - the cost of getting those small dings and
scratches etc fixed could well outweigh the price reduction you could end up giving a
buyer in the negotiation process.
- Ensure everything is in working order, i.e. indicators, lights, engine running smoothly
and battery charged fully to ensure it starts when a potential buyer is there to inspect
- If neccessary, get the bike serviced and tuned up to ensure it is running at it's best for
Get your paperwork in order
Make sure you have all books, receipts for work carried out, any warranties and registration papers together. Put them in a folder so you have everything at hand and ready to go when you close a sale.
Decide on your asking price
Determining what to ask for your bike can be a little tricky at times. The best thing to
do is look on this site or your local paper and see what people are asking for
Motorbikes of a similar type and age to yours and go from there. Ask a little higher
than what you ideally would like as people will try to negotiate down from your asking
price. Be prepared to recieve offers much less than your asking price.
Advertising your Motorbike
Ensure you have your paperwork together so you have everything ready while placing
your advertisement. Put in any important information that has potential to help sell
your Motorbike. Some examples are low km, 12 or 6 Months registration, recently
serviced or regularly serviced and maintained, extremely reliable. Also mention
anything that has been recently replaced, like the clutch, exhaust, brakes and so forth.
As they say, a picture says a thousand words, so take the time to take some photos of
your Motorbike from different angles to upload with your advertisement.
When placing an advert on Tassie Cars our system ensures you enter everything you
need to at a minimum. See our advertisement check list before you go to placed your
advert to ensure you have everything you need.
Closing the Sale
Okay, so you've cleaned your Motorbike, advertised it for sale...now what?
- Make yourself available and always be there when you have arranged for a buyer to
come and see your Motorbike.
- Expect that a buyer will want to test ride the bike, and if so, get their
drivers license and a deposit. This is for your security as there is a risk that they may not come back
- If you are serious about selling your Motorbike, you will have no objection to a buyer
taking your Bike for an inspection. If you get calls in the mean time, let them know
that you think you have a buyer, get their name and phone number and contact them if
the sale falls through
- Make sure you know the lowest price that you will accept for your bike and, when
buyers haggle with you, keep that price in mind. You shouldn't refuse to take
offers, if they make you an offer within $100 of the price you decided you should
take it. You could end up paying that much in re-advertising the Motobike.
- Once you have sold your Motorbike the best payment to accept is either cash or Bank
Draft. If the buyer wants to pay by cheque, wait until the cheque has cleared
before letting them take the Motorbike. If they are a genuine buyer they will understand
or come back with cash.
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