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How To Find Used Motorcycles Values

Jun 6, 2008
When looking to buy either a used motorcycle a person needs to understand just how these vehicles are valued. Several factors will need to be taken into consideration in order to come up with used motorcycles values and the main ones include, the condition of the motorcycle, how old it is and where it is.

The easiest way for you to check if the asking price that the seller is valuing their bike at is fair is by using a number of different valuation resources. The most common ones used by dealers and private sellers today are the Kelley Blue Book or the valuation guide from NADA. Below we take a look at these two books in a little more detail along with some other ways to check out the values of used motorcycles.

The first book we are going to be taking a look at is the NADA (National Automobile Dealer's Association) Guide. Although there is the Kelley Blue Book (which we look at next in this article) many people prefer this one simply because they feel it provides much better valuation information. NADA have been publishing valuation figures on all kinds of vehicles since 1933 so they really do know what they are talking about.

Although the NADA Guide is good most people will often refer to the Kelley Blue Book simply because it is the one that they are more likely to be told about. This particular price guide has now been published for more than 80 years and over this time the publisher has made several changes including the introduction of different types of pricing guides. Also as you will soon discover when you are looking to part exchange your used motorcycle for a new one at a dealership the book that most dealers will refer to for a fair valuation is the "Kelley Blue Book Auto Market Report - Official Guide".

Rather than actually providing a true value of the motorcycle this one provides the person using it with a suggest retail value. The value that is shown in these books is often considerably more than what the dealer would offer the motorcycle to you. If you can, get hold of a copy of this guide prior to you starting to search for a used motorcycle to buy.

Researching the true values of the used motorcycle, you are considering buying provides you with far more bargaining power than if you did not. However if you are having difficulty in obtaining copies of either the above mentioned pricing and valuation guides then why not go online. There are now sites set up where you can quickly find out if the price being asked for a used motorcycle is reasonable or not.

One site that you may be interested in using for looking at motorcycle values is "motorcyclebluebook.com". At this site they have price details for every single type of motorcycle that has ever been produced. The search program on this site is user friendly and in order to get a valuation from them you just need to enter the make, model and year of the motorcycle. After entering this information all you need to do is wait for the email they provide which provides not just details of how much the bike is worth but at what price it is likely to be sold at.

The other website that is extremely good for getting used motorcycles values from is "Edmunds.com". Again as with the previous website mentioned this one not only tells you what the bikes are valued at but also the price at which they are likely to be sold at. But in order for you to get the best deal possible on a used motorcycle is for you to compare all the figures the websites and books mention provide against what motorcycles are being sold for locally to where you live.
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