No matter if it is a brand new bike or a second-hand bike, the amount of love that a biker has towards the bike is the same. But if you have don't have enough budget, buying a used one can be a good option. Owning a second-hand bike for the first time can be a daunting process but that doesn't mean you should give up on your dream. Be careful while buying a used bike and consider these points:
The first step is to know everything about the bike that you are planning to buy. If you have decided, we advice you to get all the information about it. Different dealers might offer the bike at different prices. Search for the one that costs you according to your bikes.
Check the bike out
Look at the bike you want to buy. Inspect it thoroughly like any fluid leakage, the paint, scratches, tyres or any wear and tear. Apart from this, check the general outer body. Look out for dents and scratches on the outside. Keep a keen eye on any dents. Scratches can be considered ok, provided that they aren't too deep. Also, request the seller not to start the bike for at least few hours before you go and check it. This way you can do a cold start and check whether the bike has starting issues.
A used bike might look super impressive on the exterior, however, you must ride it to know how it performs. Even a five-minute ride can tell you about the bike’s health, if you are well-known with the mechanics of a bike. If you are a novice, take a trusted mechanic to test the bike.
Check the chassis number
Ask the seller for the chassis number. The number on the plate and engine should always match. It might be difficult to locate the number on the old bikes but mechanics can find it. The same chassis number should be mentioned on the registration certificate as well.
Ask the seller to provide the servicing record of the bike. Check with the owner on how many times the bike has gone for servicing and for what purpose.
Always check the important documents. Check whether the vehicle identification number (VIN) and other documents matches the registration certificate as well. Also, if the motorcycle had previous owners make sure that the current owner has the non-objection certificate and ownership transfer papers in order.