People that are enthusiastic about motorcycles spend a lot of money into their bikes by adding extras to them. One way that you can save money on the overall cost of the improvements you make on your motorcycle is to begin with a used one and customize it from then onwards.
Get the History on the Bike Before You Buy
In theory, purchasing a previously owned motorcycle seems like a perfect answer. However, you should keep in mind that your insurance won’t cover the damages and problems that are already present when you buy the motorcycle, so you should make sure you know the entire story of the motorcycle’s history.
- Ask the person you are purchasing the motorcycle from if he or she is its original owner. By doing this, you’re making sure there are no surprise discoveries about the bike.
- Be sure to ask if it’s ever been in an accident. If the bike has been involved in an accident or ever been dropped then there’s the possibility that there could be irreparable damage to its frame. A way to check the info is to enter its VIN number into Carfax, and you will be able to obtain a report.
- Another thing you should do is obtain its maintenance records. This is important because a well-maintained motorcycle is a great purchase, but one that hasn’t had any tune ups and seldom oil changes could prove to be a nightmare to deal with.
Test Drive It Before You Purchase It
Something you should never do is buy a vehicle without test driving it first, be it new or used. When test driving a used motorcycle, be sure to wear a helmet and don’t test drive it unless you have a Class M license. When you test drive a motorcycle check its clutch, brakes, and acceleration, after you’ve become accustomed to how that model rides.
Another thing to check is that you pay attention to the sounds the bike makes as you’re test driving it. You should listen for a loud muffler, rattling in the motorcycle’s shocks, older bearings making a droning sound, and the breaks squealing excessively.
Take the Motorcycle to a Trusted Mechanic Before You Purchase It
When you purchase any kind of used vehicle, it’s not a bad idea to go over it with your mechanic before you put any money on it. This is a great way to get a really good second opinion on whether or not you should purchase the vehicle, unless you happen to personally be a mechanic.
If insurance is a concern of yours in regards to your used or new motorcycle, call us before you purchase it at (651) 264-1230. We’ll go over all the discounts, limits, and benefits you have available so you’ll know how much of an impact your policy will have on your motorcycle purchasing budget, or fill in St Paul motorcycle insurance quote.