A second-hand two-wheeler is the most affordable option for many Indians. Considering the infrastructure in this country, it is also a convenient option to commute for shorter distances. Buying a second-hand two-wheeler is even complicated than getting a new one. For a new bike, you can be assured of the information provided to you by the showroom owner. However, when it comes to getting a used bike, you cannot be assured of the trustworthiness of the first owner. Below mentioned is the checklist to help ease the process of buying a second-hand two-wheeler. Read on!
Do Good Research
Now, when you want to buy a bike, you already have a list of favourite models. But, finding facts about these models is equally important. Check what kind of reviews these models have, the reputation, the flaws, shortcomings, and other important facts that you should know before actually looking at the vehicle.
A thorough assessment of the bike
The first step is the check the overall look of the bike. Check for inconsistency in paint, scratches, cracks in the plastic, crash signs, etc. This assessment will give you a fair idea of how the bike was used and what could be its future condition. The best is to take an expert along to make a thorough examination of the bike. The expert can check if the bike has been crashed before. Also, he can check for rust, leaking fluid, tire wear, condition of the chain, etc.
Cold start the bike
This will give a good idea about the condition of the bike. There may be an issue if the bike makes unusual noise during acceleration. Check lights, horn, indicators. Also, check the amount of smoke that comes out of the exhaust.
Enquire about the maintenance history of the bike
If the two-wheeler has been maintained properly, there are good chances that its performance is going to be satisfactory. Ask the owner to share the bike maintenance record with you. If there are no records, ask about how frequently the vehicle has been serviced.
Match the VIN
VIN, i.e. Vehicle Identification Number on the frame of the bike and the engine should match. You can also check with the local authorities and insurance companies to know whether the bike has been involved in any kind of crash or has been stolen.
Until and unless you drive it for yourself, you cannot say if this is the right bike for you. Check if brakes are responding nicely. Check for the control, odd noises. Raise concerns with the owner, if any. Once you have completed a test ride, you can decide whether it is the right two-wheeler choice for you.
Where to buy it from:
You can either buy it from a dealer or a private seller.
Dealer: Getting it from a dealer is a safer option. There are high chances that a dealer has checked the bike for all the safety parameters before putting it on sale.
Private sellers: You can negotiate the price with the private seller. It may save you some money, but it involves a little bit of risk. This option is ideal if you personally know the owner of the bike.
Make sure that the below paperwork is in check before signing the final deal.
RC book (Registration certificate book): The engine and Chassis number on the vehicle should match the number to that in the RC book.
Insurance certificate: In India, it is mandatory for two-wheeler owners to have an insurance policy. So, make sure that it has a valid insurance certificate. If the policy has expired, you will be required to renew it from the concerned insurance provider.
PUC (Pollution Under Control Certificate)
NOC (No objection Certificate): This is an important document from the RTO where the two-wheeler is registered.
Owner’s manual: This is optional, but it will ensure that the timely maintenance of the vehicle has been carried out.
What should we check before buying a second-hand bike?
One of the most important things to check is the proper paperwork of the bike. Make sure it has a valid insurance policy. Apart from insurance, there are many factors to keep in mind such as the condition of the vehicle, maintenance record, authenticity of the dealer etc.
Can we buy a bike without insurance?
In India, it is compulsory by law to avail an insurance policy for every two-wheeler owner. So, to avoid any legal action, it is best not to buy a bike without an insurance cover. However, if you do buy one, ensure to get it insured immediately, and avoid driving it without a valid insurance cover.
What if my bike insurance expired?
You can get the policy renewed from your insurance provider. You can either get it done through your agent or do it yourself online.
Is it necessary to renew bike insurance?
Yes, it is important to renew your bike insurance policy. A lapsed policy may land you in legal trouble.