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Motorcycle Selling Tips - Selling Your Bike For Top Dollar

Feb 29, 2008
For whatever reason - you've bought a brand new motorcycle. Your wife says it has to go or you've just outgrown it - it's time to get your motorcycle out of the garage and sell it to someone who will enjoy its splendor once again.

Now that you've made the big decision to let it go, you want to make sure you can make the very best deal you can. Here are some pointers to help you get the best buck for your bike:

Clean and polish your bike.
Who wants to consider buying a dirty unkempt bike? Show off your bike's true beauty. Spend some time cleaning and shining it to make it look as good as possible.

Make any necessary cosmetic repairs.
Buyers are more apt to pay your asking price if they think the bike is well maintained. Besides first impressions count and if a buyer sees a small scratch or dent they think that other things are wrong with your bike.

Give it a tune-up.
Remember how you felt the first time you ever turned the ignition? Give prospective buyers that same thrill! Make sure it is well tuned and ready to ride.

Gather up your old receipts.
Whether it was for a repair, general maintenance or to add a little something extra to your bike, be prepared to show prospective buyers what's been done to your bike - and when. It'll illustrate how well you've cared for the bike and give them a good idea of the shape it's in.

Be Truthful.
Nearly every used motorcycle will have some performance quirk. Be honest about performance issues or maintenance problems.

Know your blue book value.
You may think that your bike is worth ten times what the market can bear, but if you don't price your bike to sell, it never will.

Have the title ready to transfer.
If a prospective buyer shows up with the money, you want to be able to transfer the title on the spot.

Be prepared to say no to a test drive.
After all, if dealers aren't wiling to take the risk, why should you be?

Selling your motorcycle will ultimately be an emotional event, don't make it any harder than you have to. Follow these dimple tips to ensure a quick sale that will garner the money you want and need to make it worth your while to get rid of your bike in the first place.
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