Today’s world is seeing a huge demand for buying and selling of second-handed bikes. Many people prefer these pre-owned vehicles to save money. But even if you have found a potential deal, how to find your perfect bike? Here are a few tips for you to remember if you plan to buy second-handed motorcycle(รับซื้อรถมอไซค์มือสอง, which is the term in Thai).
Do Your Homework On Second-Hand Bikes
Be prepared to buy an already owned bike. Gather all the knowledge about the two-wheeler you want to buy. This knowledge must not be limited to the model name. You should know about the reputation of the bike, its flaws (if any), as well as the replacement prices.
Observe The Bike Photographs Keenly
When you see an ad on a bike online, you usually see a shining bike. But sometimes the photo may reveal some flaws. If you want to buy a motorcycle (second-hand or brand new), this is a useful yet easy tip. If the photo shows defects like scratches or deteriorated wheels, negotiate for the price accordingly. The same goes for situations like if the ad shows a perfect bike, but the actual bike is flawy.
Check The Bike Yourself
Check whether there is any scratches, new paint job, or really anything that points out to an accident. It is better to have a bike-crazy friend with you who knows his way around the vehicle. Search for leaky fuel tanks, rusts, bad cords, etc. Check whether the handlebar is shaky or not. Have a test run to check the gears, brakes, engine, and your comfort. Also, please pay attention to the engine’s noise as it tells the engine’s health.
Check The Document-Work Of Your Bike
If you want to buy second-handed motorcycle, be sure to check whether it has all the right documents. You don’t want to spend your money on a sketchy bike deal. The registered Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) of the frame and engine should be the same. Verify the color of the model as well as its owner details by using the RC book. Check whether the bike already has insurance, PUC certificate, and a NOC certificate or not. These documents can tell a lot if the bike is associated with an accident in the past.
Know The Budget And Negotiate Wisely
If you want to buy a motorcycle (รับซื้อมอเตอร์ไซค์, term in Thai), buy it within your budget. Negotiate for a lower price every time you find a flaw in the bike. Buy it only if you are happy with the final deal.