Trading Up

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When it’s time for an upgrade there’s only one thing for it, it’s time to get your beloved motorbike sales ready.

If you’re thinking of selling privately then now’s the time to take on a few tricks of the trade to help present your best side to a potential buyer. We look at a few tips that are guaranteed to have buyers flocking ready to give you the cash ready for your next dream bike.

The first thing to do is of course to give it a good clean. Get out the chain lube and start making your bike look showroom ready.

There’s also a huge advantage to sellers to put bikes up for sale when the weather is warm and sunny. Not only does it help make the bike look good, it helps the buyer to imagine themselves taking long, leisurely rides in the evening sun, making it even more of attractive buy.

Once your bike is sparkly and you’ve replaced any broken bulbs and replaced or touched up any scuffed bits, it’s time to get it running smoothly.

Making sure it starts first time is a good start but have a good listen to it as you let it run, does it sound like a bag of nails or is it leaking anywhere? Once you’ve cleared that up, it’s time to gather up the paperwork.

Make sure you’ve got the MOT and all the engine and serial numbers to hand to show the buyer that you’re legit and more importantly that the bike itself isn’t a safety hazard.

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If you’re not sure at how much you should be selling for, then consider whether or not you should get a free motorbike valuation to help set a bottom line.

Next comes the hardest part, dealing with potential buyers. They’ll want to negotiate and that’s quite normal, but if you have a bottom line then you should stick to it.

When it comes to test drives, the best thing is to say no, unless they can give you a decent deposit or even the asking price in cash.  Any expert will tell you that letting your bike out of your sight is a recipe for disaster so don’t risk it.

The other problem with this is confirming whether the potential buyer is even insured to ride your bike, it’s never worth it if they’re not and if they do have an accident you’ll be the one who loses out.

Once you’ve reached a deal and your bike has been sold, the final thing to do is hand over all the paperwork, including the logbook and get any outstanding forms sent off to the DVLA for completion.

Then you can take the time to start your own buying journey, spending some time browsing through seller sites and picking out just the right bike for you. This time you’ll be taking on the role of the buyer but at least you’ll know what it‘s all about.

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