Buy a Motorcycle - Learn All the Steps - Part 1
By Walter F. Kern
Part 1: Buy a Used Motorcycle
I get a lot of email asking me for advice on the best way to buy a motorcycle. How do you negotiate with dealers? Is the process just like buying a car? What about borrowing money to pay for it? What should you expect to get as a trade-in value when you buy a motorcycle?
Consumer Reports has a yearly issue of its magazine devoted to rating the new cars and giving all kinds of advice on how to get the best deal. There doesn't seem to be anything out there that tells you all aspects of how to buy a motorcycle. So what's a guy or gal supposed to do?
New riders should always start out with a used motorcycle until they get trained and get plenty of practice spread over perhaps a year. New riders tend to take a few spills early on. Damaging a new bike may run into thousands of dollars in repairs, not something that will instill confidence in a rider just starting out while they are trying to develop their skills.
What are your choices?
Buy a Used Motorcycle:
Buy from an auction
Buying a motorcycle from an Internet Auction is the newest way to buy. Here are two of the most popular services.
Buy from a classified ad
You can also check out the classifieds on the various motorcycle forums.
Buy from a friend or acquaintance
Buy from a dealer
Be sure to read Part 2 of this article to learn how to buy a new motorcycle. In particular, the special problems of buying a new Harley-Davidson are discussed.
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