Buying a motorcycle is a significant investment that should not be taken lightly. There is a great deal of research to do especially when you plan to buy a used motorcycle. Joe’s Auto Sales has a huge inventory of used motorcycles and our professional team can guide you through the process. Before you stop in and see us, here are a few items to consider when making a purchase.
1. Evaluate Your Riding Needs
Are you planning a long road trip? You might need a touring model with all of the available comfort features. For shorter trips, a sport bike might be better-suited. You can peruse dealership websites, and the websites of different motorcycle manufacturers, to find out what is out there and narrow down your search. User reviews and ratings from others motorcyclists can also be very useful to learn the pros and cons of each make and model.
2. Research Market Price and Insurance Cost
You can find the current market price on Kelley Blue Book. You should also check local classified ads and online sales to see what your model is selling for in your area. As for motorcycle insurance, it can vary greatly so be sure to check with your insurance agent to confirm that you can afford the cost of insurance before you buy your motorcycle.
3. Inspect and Test Drive
You should thoroughly inspect any used vehicle that you are considering buying but if you do not feel qualified, you can have a professional mechanic inspect it for you. It is worth the extra effort and expense to have the bike inspected professionally to avoid any costly issues. Test-driving the bike also will allow you to check for faults, as well as give you the chance to evaluate your ability to drive it. You need to be sure that the motorcycle fits both your body type and your skill level.
4. Request a Service History
Many bikes come with a maintenance report that shows how well the motorcycle was taken care of, and if it has had any major issues in the past. You can also request to see the owner’s manual and factory tool kit if available.
5. Research the Title History
A title history search is relatively easy with the use of a motorcycle vehicle history report website. It is important to get a copy of the title before purchasing. A dealership will assist you with the necessary paperwork but if you buy from a private seller, be sure to get the original title and registration that shows that the bike is titled in the seller’s name.
This is a lot to consider so if you’re not sure where to start, contact Joe’s Auto Sales today at (317) 405-8545 (East location) or (317) 756-9180 (South location). We offer low prices, inclusive financing, and excellent service in the Indianapolis area.