If the time has come to sell your motorbike, you probably want to get the process over and done with as quickly as possible. Taking out ads, waiting for the phone to ring, and dealing with dithering buyers, can be both expensive and agonising. To secure a quicker sale, therefore, concentrate on the following.
- Get your bike sale-ready. You need to do two things. The first is to find a good company to service your motorbike, ensuring it is both safe and ready to sell. Buyers are unlikely to buy it otherwise, unless you have significantly priced it down. The second is to find a good valeter. The professional touch will really make your motorbike shine, and that is good news when you’re showing it to prospective buyers. With a bike that looks good and is fit to ride, you will be increasing your chances of a quicker sale.
- Get your bike valued. You don’t want to overprice your bike, as that will restrict your selling chances. Most buyers will do their research, so they will know when they are being cheated. Look for motorbikes comparable to yours online, factor in the model and age, and check out what prices they are going for. Alternatively, use the valuation tool on www.wewantyourmotorbike.com to get an idea of what your bike is worth. If you are looking for an immediate sale, you can also sell your motorbike through that site, and that will cut out any further hassle. However, if you are prepared to wait a little bit longer and work on adding value to your bike, you may get a better price elsewhere. It depends on how quickly you want to sell it.
- Advertise your motorbike everywhere. Don’t restrict yourself or submit to the expense of the local classifieds in your newspaper. You can give your bike a lot of exposure online, at little or no cost, advertising it on such places as bike-related groups on social media, motorbike forums, eBay Motors, Gumtree, and Auto Trader. You might also stick up a poster on your window, or visit motorbike clubs in your area with a flyer to promote your bike. And in your advertisements, remember to talk it up! The more detail you can give the better, including the bike’s spec, the overall quality of the vehicle, and proof of service history (such as photos of receipts). Include high-quality pictures too, using the tips here to really give your bike the justice it probably deserves
- Don’t put off the buyer. When you do get an interested buyer, don’t do anything that might put them off. Don’t talk down your bike, as that will negate their interest. Don’t argue over small amounts of money when you are engaged in the haggling process. Provided you get as near to your figure as possible, be happy with that. And don’t disallow them from taking a test drive. You might have talked up the bike’s worth, but they still need to find out if it’s right for them. In all instances, be an honest salesman. Show respect to the interested party. And work on your sales pitch to engage the prospective buyer’s interest.
By following each of these steps, you should secure a quick sale for your motorbike. Let us know what you think, and if you have any advice of your own to give, then be sure to let us know.