Apart from the basic information (cleaning and polishing, writing the ad etc) which is covered in our ‘Car Selling Guide and Advice’ section, there are one or two little extra’s that might come in handy when selling your bike, after all the world of biking is not quite the same as the motorists!
Spread the Word – Firstly tell all your mates, relatives and neighbours. If you are member of a motorcycle club, let them know so they can perhaps put in the next club newsletter, or tell everyone at the next club meet.
Spice it up – It makes common sense to give it a good clean and polish up the paintwork. But don’t forget the chrome cleaner where it’s needed including the wheels and disc brakes. It will look a lot better if you degrease and re-lube the chain and swinging arm.
Don’t forget the Cosmetics – Attend to any little scratches or dents, not forgetting the lights and cracked or broken lamp covers. This will also illustrate to the buyer that you do and have taken good care of your bike.
Tuned – Make sure it is tuned up to scratch, and that it starts first time. There is nothing worse than going to start it up and it doesn’t!
Paperwork Reminder – Sort out all your paperwork, including the service history, bill/receipts for work or replacement items, especially anything that has been used for modifying the bike.
Inform the DVLA – After you have sold the bike it is the responsibility of the seller to notify the DVLA there has been a change of ownership.
Do You Want to Let Them Have a Test Drive?
Opinions on this subject can vary in many ways. If you wish to let the perspective buyer take out your bike on a test drive, perhaps the best thing to do, is at least take a few precautions to protect you. We hope you find these useful:
If the buyer comes in a car, even if it is someone else’s make sure to keep the keys until the bike is returned.
A serious buyer will bring the cash with him, so if they want a test ride, take the cash until returned. Also make clear that, should they have an accident, then the buyer will automatically purchase your machine. The best way around this is to prepare a written statement that you and the buyer sign. This will give you protection in case of mishaps and or arguments.
You may to choose an area where you are able to see the bike at all times, perhaps a large car park.
Make sure they have the appropriate insurance, if you feel this may prove a problem, contact your insurance company to provide the adequate cover necessarily.
It is also probably a good idea to have someone with you, when a buyer comes.