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A 5-Point Guide To Buy A Used Bike

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 19 Apr 2018


Motorcycles form a major chunk of automobiles plying on Indian roads. The number is said to go higher in the coming years. Keeping this forecast in mind, bike manufacturers are launching new models frequently to capture the lion’s share of the market.

While you are spoiled for options, it does not necessarily mean you purchase a brand-new model. There is always the option of buying a used bike from a recognized dealer that comes with bike insurance. It is a cost-effective option to own a two-wheeler. However, buying an excellent quality used bike needs a good deal of research and effort. Here is a neat little guide to help you.

  1. 1. Know your Need

The first point of order is to know the type of bike you want. Maybe you are looking for a regular 150cc two-wheeler for your office commute. Perhaps it is a sports bike that lets you zip past other vehicles on the highway at top speed. Is it a dirt bike meant particularly for racing?

  1. 2. Choose the Seller

There are two places which will sell you a used bike—a dealer or private owner.

If you go to a dealer, you get the benefits of a thoroughly checked and cleaned model. That’s because the dealership needs sales to earn profits.

Buying from a private owner will save you on costs but the risk of buying a damaged model is high unless you know the owner.

Go to the dealer, always.

  1. 3. Inspect with Care

Once you set up the day to inspect the bike, brush up your basics and make a checklist of items you need to check. What’s better is to take a friend knowledgeable in bike maintenance with you. The parts to check are:

  • a. Bike exteriors for any damage, dents, or paint peel-offs.
  • b. Tyres for signs of wear and tear. Too much riding can damage them.
  • c. Drive chain and sprockets for wear and tear.
  • d. Switch on all lights in a dark room to test for strength.
  • e. Steering head for how rough or easy it is to maneuver.
  • f. Fuel tank for signs of rust.
  1. 4. Multiple test Drives

Once you have inspected the bike, sit on it and hit the roads. More than once and on different terrains to examine its performance. When you change gears, keep your ears out for whether the shift is smooth or not. The breaks should function smoothly whenever you apply them. If there is any weird or unusual noise from the engine, it is a sign of a faulty bike. And last but not the least, check the seats. They should be comfortable and not cause pain or discomfort to your rear.

  1. 5. New insurance Needed

If the test drive has satisfied you and if the seller is the owner, ask if he or she is willing to transfer the insurance to the bike. If yes, ensure the insurer is contacted immediately.

If not, make sure to buy online insurance for bike as soon as you buy it. Online because it is convenient and you attract lower premiums. And the Motor Vehicles Act mandates every bike owner to have an insurance.

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