7 Things to Know Before Buying a Second-hand Bike

Second Hand Bike Buying Tips

Bikes are one of the most convenient modes of transport to travel on Indian roads. They are easy to maintain and are suitable for riding through heavy traffic. If you have a limited budget and are planning to buy a second-hand bike, go through the following guidelines before you finalise your purchase.

  • Purpose of purchase

You have to identify the need for purchasing the bike. Is it for regular use or infrequent road trips? This would help you in selecting a particular bike model or category of bike. Once you finalise your preferred model, look for a suitable insurance policy for bike, too as it is mandatory to have one for riding a bike on Indian roads.

  • Do a thorough research

Compare online websites dedicated to used bike sales. Research the features of the bikes in detail and visit dealers to take a look at your preferred models. You can also buy a used bike from your friends or acquaintances if your requirements match. These days, you can even look for electric bikes.

  • Examine the bike before purchase

Before purchasing your selected bike, inspect it thoroughly to ensure that it is in good condition. Check for scratches, dents, cracks on the external surface, missing parts, leakage, and rusting. The lights, horns and indicators should be working properly. You can take the help of a mechanic to check the features.

  • Take test rides

Once you are satisfied with the bike’s condition, insist on a test ride to see whether the bike is functioning properly. Check the brakes, gears, clutch, manual start and ignition switches to avoid any problem after purchase. If there is any abnormal noise or stiffness, speak to the seller about the same.

  • Check the chassis number
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You must check the VIN (vehicle identification number) or chassis number. The numbers should match both on the number plate and the engine. Check the history of the bike from the bike insurance company with which it is insured. You can get in touch with the RTO and manufacturer to cross-check the details.

  • Ask for maintenance records

Get the maintenance or servicing records from the owner to have an idea of the bike’s health. This would help you to understand the frequency of servicing that the bike may require. If there is no document, you will have to rely on the verbal statements of the seller.

  • Price negotiation

If you are satisfied with all other conditions, try to negotiate the final price. Since it is a second-hand bike, you can press on for a lower rate. Before purchase, take care to go through the important documents such as registration certificate, pollution under control (PUC) certificate, sale deeds, RTO forms, tax receipts, and seller’s ID proof. Also, check if the owner had paid the bike insurance premium consistently.

While buying a second-hand bike is a good option, there are certain things that you should keep in mind before making the purchase. Before finalising the purchase, check the bike’s condition and the associated documents so that there is no hassle after the deal is through. Also, look through various companies offering motor insurance online to get best deal on bike insurance price.