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A practical guide on selling your bike

Motorbikes are a thrill to ride. Riding one is an adventure itself. However, there will always come a point when it is time to retire it. Why leave it sitting in your garage when you can turn it into cash? Whether to make extra room or to make extra funds, selling your bike does not have to be complicated. Here are some tips to lead you to carry a bundle of cash while you wave goodbye to your bike slowly disappearing from the horizon.

Preparation

As Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” In order to be successful in your transaction, you must prepare your bike and all the things that come with it.

Knowledge is power

First, get to know your vehicle. Understanding the attributes of your motorcycle is a great advantage. Do a bike check and be honest about the condition of your wheels. And most of all be realistic about the worth. Do a price check and get a practical sense of its value. Also, make sure you have all the documents in hand.

Make it presentable

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Next is to have your bike in its best condition possible. An often overlooked step in preparation is cleaning your bike. Make it beautiful before you sell it. Give it a little rinse, some soap, perhaps a little wax, and it will look like its ready to be traded for dollars. If it looks good, it will make a good impression, therefore it will make good money. Another thing is to give it a mini service. Check and make sure it is working in order. Fix, adjust, replace, and do all things necessary to get the best out of the motorbike so that it can make major bank. And above all, ensure that it starts and runs smoothly.

 

Selling

Deciding where to sell your two-wheeled vehicle could be the most crucial step of all. There is an abundance of options you can choose from. The main choice is whether to sell it online or offline.

 

Online

For online selling, the list of choices goes on and on. You can try an online marketplace like eBay or go to a website specifically for selling bikes like sellbike.co.uk or post an advertisement on online classified websites like craigslist. The choices are endless. Make sure you take a whole lot of photos when you are selling online and make the description very clear.

 

Offline

tre256Offline sales can be made privately or through a dealer. Find out where you can advertise for free or talk to other bikers for their opinions. Selling to a dealer won’t make as much money as you would in private sales. Perhaps try trading your bike for a newer one and sell it to a dealer for quicker sales.