Motorcycle Sales....How To Sell A Used Motorcycle.
So you have decided to sell your Used Motorcycle. Sometimes getting rid of your main "steed" is not an easy decision. Whether it is a tough decision or something you are doing without trepidation, there is a right strategy in motorcycle sales to help you get the best results.
Let hondamotorcycles-usedmotorycles guide you through the process.
First off, correct motorcycle sales strategies are the same whether you are selling a used Honda motorcycle or any other brand for that matter. The same principles apply. OK?
First of all, let us first identify what a buyer initially looks at and what often puts the seal of approval or the kiss of death on a potential sale.
FOLKS, THEY LOOK AT APPEARANCE
Sorry! It’s a vain world....like it or not.
When a guy first looks at a woman or vice versa, he can say how he is looking at her character or her personality.....LOL. Unless she carries her character or personality on her butt or her chest,this is Baloney...lol. So, we know that one of the most important keys on how to sell a used motorcycle is APPEARANCE.
I used this word as this is a family oriented site. Same for a woman sizing up a guy for the first time. Yup, it works both ways folks. Let’s get serious boys and girls. People’s first judgement(s) are often (incorrectly) made based on that first look-see. The first impression is made on looks.
So, this tells you that your used motorcycle for sale has to be as clean and good looking as possible. Am I saying that you must repaint your machine to make a sale? Absolutely not!! But it must be clean, free of grease and grime, and look as good as elbow grease will make it look. If it’s a high $$ machine, then perhaps a paint job or a new seat, etc is in order. If the bike looks terrible, it is a reflection on the care the motorcycle probably received (or didn’t receive).
SO, MAKING IT LOOK GOOD IS PRIORITY #1
If the bike needs a tune up, get the darn thing tuned up. Don’t tell your prospective buyer that it will run good once they tune it up. This cheapskate attitude of trying to save a few bucks will either cost you much more than the price of the tune up or it will cost you the sale completely. All because you wanted to save a few bucks. Penny wise but pound foolish. Enough on that.
A realistic idea of what the bike should bring is important to know so that the bike is not priced too high (commonly referred to as a pipe-dream) or too low as you could be losing money on the sale. So, check your newspapers and also check with a pricing service such as nada or kelly blue book to get a good idea of the price range for your machine.
SO, WHERE IS A GOOD PLACE TO LIST MY USED MOTORCYCLE TO GET GOOD MOTORCYCLE SALES RESULTS??
Great question and it has many great answers. Many motorcycle sales originate from your local newspaper or Thrifty Nickel type of sales periodical and these papers can be very effective. Also, listing at your local credit union’s sales & bulletin board can be good for motorcycle sales and is totally free. Depends on how quick you want or need to sell your motorcycle. What has worked very well for me personally is eBay. It is a fairly inexpensive way to reach the biggest audience of people looking for a motorcycle like yours. It is a worldwide market but when it comes to selling a motorcycle or a large item like this, I recommend selling it only within the confines of the continental USA.
Also, there is a right and wrong time to sell your motorcycle. Spring and summer are the best times. It’s peak riding season. They really want your bike. They are anxious to ride. Fall and winter are the worst times. Keep this in mind when selling your motorcycle. If you don’t have to sell the bike in Fall or Winter and can wait until the following Spring, it will usually bring a considerable increase to the amount you get for your bike.
Regardless of where you elect to attempt to sell your machine
I SUGGEST THAT HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY!!
Do not lie about your bike, it could actually come back legally to haunt you. If you know the complete history of the bike (maintenance, etc), then answer the questions honestly and truthfully, again...the best policy. Do not overstate or understate. If you do not know the answer....tell the buyer that you don’t know the answer. It’s that simple.
Let me make another suggestion. If you know there is a safety flaw or problem with the bike that makes the motorcycle dangerous or potentially dangerous, then get the darn thing fixed. It you feel you don’t want or can’t spend the money, be sure to let the potential buyer know of the problem. Sure, you may lose some money on the price of the sale, but you will have been honest and you will be able to sleep at night and that is very important. If you know the bike basically has an “unfixable” problem, then either don’t sell the bike or sell it for what it is....a piece of junk or a salvage motorcycle. Sorry, sometimes the truth hurts.
FOR ME, MY REPUTATION RIDES ON EVERYTHING I WELL AND EVERYTHING I SAY.
So I am careful in what I present and represent to people because I take pride in being honest. It’s a good policy to follow. I can say that without hesitation.
Good Luck on your Used Honda Motorcycle Sale. Hope this article on how to sell a used motorcycle helps to maximize your effort and get the most for your bike.