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avoiding a motorcycle scam

Feb 28, 2008
There are those who avoid looking at used articles of any kind because they are afraid that they are going to be gypped. It is, unfortunately, a valid concern. There are many people and companies out there who are focused more on making money any way they can than they are making sure that people are getting a good product. And, regrettably, whether you purchase a new motorcycle or are looking at used motorcycles, there is always a chance that you will find yourself with a motorcycle that does not work the way you want it to work. Here are some tips on how to avoid a scam, whether you are purchasing a new or used motorcycle!

New Motorcycles Those who avoid used motorcycles head to the dealerships, thinking that they will get a great motorcycle, guaranteed, if they purchase a brand new motorcycle. Have you ever heard of the lemon law? When it comes to cars, the lemon law is in place because there are some cars that just don't seem to work, and the new owner finds themselves constantly having to fix the vehicle. Motorcycles can have this same problem. There are some motorcycles that continually break down, even if they are purchased brand new. If you choose to go through a motorcycle dealer, make sure that the dealer lets you try out the motorcycle, and get your mechanic to take a look at it as well before you make the deal to purchase the bike.

Used Motorcycles Not all used motorcycles or those who sell them are trying to make a fast buck. Most often, those selling the used motorcycles are doing so because they want to buy a different bike and can not afford to do so unless they sell their old bike first. There are some things that you should ask before you purchase a used motorcycle, however. To begin with, ask the sell how where they purchased the motorcycle, and if they remember how many miles was on the cycle when they purchased it. This will give you an idea as to how long the motorcycle has been running the roads. Next, ask what kind of riding the owner has been doing with the motorcycle 500 highway miles and 500 country miles are two very different things, and a motorcycle that has had just highway miles on it is usually much less worn down. Speak with the current owner about any repairs or upgrades that they have put on the bike, so that you can know the history and can be prepared if you ever have to take the motorcycle in to the mechanics. It is possible to purchase both a new or used motorcycle without running into a scam, but you need to be prepared. Do your research and learn a bit about the bike, and the kind of bike, be it a Honda motorcycle, a Yamaha motorcycle, or something entire different, so that you are best prepared to make a deal and get your motorcycle.
About the Author
Victor Arthur Pidkowich - writer for Used Motorcycles For Sale - http://usedmotorcycleforsale.ca - A site dedicated to the listing of new and used motorcycles in Canada and the United States.
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