Your Quick Guide to Buying a Motorcycle Online

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Did you know that the front tire of a motorcycle provides 75% of the bike’s grip? There are over six million motorcycles registered in the U.S. Now that people can buy everything from phones to DNA tests online, many are turning to the internet as a source for affordable bikes as well. Are you interested in buying a motorcycle online, but unsure of how to go about it, and what hazards to look out for? Here is a quick guide to help you out.

What You Should Keep in Mind While Comparing Options

  • Once you know the make and model of a motorcycle you’re interested in, find out what the average going rate is. Use comparison sites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.
  • Every motorcycle has a 17 digit VIN number, and this is your key to getting its past history. This is important to do, as not all damage is evident in a picture, and the owner might assume something like water damage won’t be a big deal to you.
  • Check the seller’s previous transactions to see if other customers were satisfied with what they received.

What to Consider When You are Buying a Motorcycle

  • If you need to ship it from its location to you, is the price still worth it?
  • Don’t let the seller know what your budget is for payments, similar to going to a dealership in real life. This will allow you to get the best deal.
  • Keep a record of all discussion of transactions so that they do not try and sneak in any fees after you’ve already started to sign for the purchase.

What You Should Know if You Need Motorcycle Shipping

  • If you can’t pick up your motorcycle easily, you’ll probably want to contact a motorcycle transport company. Look for a company that has an established and positive reputation for good service, safe delivery, and timely transport.
  • If the quote you receive for motorcycle hauling is far below industry average, consider that the vehicle shipping company is likely cutting corners somewhere — if they’re truly a company to begin with, rather than a fly-by-night operation.
  • Ask the seller to take copious photographs of the motorcycle before giving it to a vehicle transport company. If it becomes damaged on the way, you want to be able to prove that the transport company is liable.

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