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Sell a motorcycle - Advice

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And then the day came when you decided to get rid of your friend on two wheels and sell a motorcycle. The reasons for selling a motorcycle can be different of course. Mostly they sell a motorcycle because it is outdated, a new model of a motorcycle has come out, you like a different brand or model of a motorcycle more. But we're not talking about that today. We will try to help you sell a motorcycle and reveal the main aspects that are best considered when selling a motorcycle.

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Motorcycle inspection before sale.

Motorcycle inspection.

Let's start first by inspecting the motorcycle before selling it. Look carefully for scratches, dents or dirt at the joints of the motorcycle parts, or oil stains on the motor. Check the motorcycle handlebars and all control buttons for sweat stains from your hands. If there are scratches, remove any dents or dirt, and give your motorcycle a good wash if you want to sell your motorcycle quickly and for a good price.

Motorcycle check
Motorcycle transmission check

Motorcycle transmission check.

Look closely at the condition of the shock absorbers, muffler, brakes and so on. Check if oil or antifreeze is leaking. Check that the motorcycle chain is well lubricated and tensioned. If there is a serious breakdown, it is better to fix everything or honestly warn the buyer. Do you want to sell your motorcycle without problems in the future? Be honest with the buyer.

Motorcycle diagnostics.

First of all, look at the motorcycle panel to see if the check engine light, abs, oil level... and so on are on. If everything is in order, there is no need to diagnose the motorcycle. Otherwise, diagnose the motorcycle and fix the problem, especially if the warnings are red. Because the buyer will immediately see on the panel that the motorcycle has problems and the difference in the price of the motorcycle will be much less than you spend on repairs. In general, it will be difficult to sell a motorcycle with warnings on the panel.

Motorcycle warning lights on the dashboard are on

Motorcycle documents.

Checking Motorcycle Documents

Checking motorcycle documents before selling.

Take all motorcycle paperwork and make sure all necessary paperwork is in place. And if not, then it’s better to spend money and time on restoring documents, because it will not be easy to sell a motorcycle without the necessary documents. The buyer simply will not be able to register the motorcycle for himself, and it is also unlikely that it will be possible to restore the documents without you. Each country has its own rules and its own list of documents required when selling a motorcycle, so check again if all the documents are in place.

Motorcycle mileage confirmation and service book.

The mileage of a motorcycle greatly affects the sale price. The lower the mileage the better and it is therefore very important that you can verify the mileage of your motorcycle if you want to sell the motorcycle for more. If your service book is not filled out, then it is better to contact your service center and let them put the necessary marks in the service book. And if there is no service book, then ask for a printout with the service history.

Motorcycle service book

The price of the motorcycle.

Researching Motorcycle Prices on the Internet

How to determine the price of a motorcycle?

Your motorcycle is now ready to be sold. And how now to find out for what price you can sell a motorcycle? Every country has websites with motorcycles for sale, such as autoscout24.com , mobile.de , bilbasen.dk , auto.ru , otomoto.pl, ... and so on. Look at these sites for how much the same motorcycle as yours costs, with the same options and approximately the same mileage. But keep in mind, if a dealer sells the same motorcycle, then your price will be somewhere 10-15% lower than that of the dealer, because the dealer sells not only the motorcycle, but also the service and warranty to boot. For example, if a dealer sells the same motorcycle for 15 thousand, then your price will be somewhere around 13 thousand, because you have no warranty, no service, but only a motorcycle. Here is the price for which you can sell a motorcycle.

Price from a reseller or dealer.

There are times when you need to get rid of a motorcycle quickly, you need money urgently or a move, ... and so on. In this case, you can sell the motorcycle to resellers or dealers. Contact them or just place an ad on the Internet, but already the price will be somewhere 30% below the market and this is normal, because they resell your motorcycle and this is their income. If you urgently need to sell a motorcycle and you are offered to sell a motorcycle for a price somewhere 30% below the market price, then you can agree with this price and get rid of the motorcycle quickly.

Selling a motorcycle to a dealer

Motorcycle sale and purchase agreement.

Drafting a contract for the sale of a motorcycle

How to draw up a contract of sale and is it necessary?

Never sell a motorcycle without a sales contract. You cannot know about the buyer's plans for the future and what will happen to him tomorrow. Therefore, it is very important to sell the motorcycle in legal terms too. Templates for the contract can be downloaded on the Internet in any country and in any language, or even written in cursive. Fill out the contract in duplicate and be sure to indicate who the buyer and seller are, the make and model of the motorcycle, chassis number, mileage and price in numbers and in words. Then sign both and date them. And don't forget to deregister your motorcycle too. This is the only way you can prove legally that you are no longer related to this motorcycle.


That's all. I hope our advice will help you sell your motorcycle for a good price and without problems in the future. You can also advertise a motorcycle for sale on our autoExus website, and it's all completely free. In addition, share your ideas in the comments on the article, maybe I missed something or maybe you want to add something. We will be glad to any of your suggestions.

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eXus Dev 2022-11-03

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