Tips for Buying a Used Harley Davidson Motorcycle
Harley Davidson motorcycles are some of the most durable bikes on the
market. They are built to last using high quality materials and
craftsmanship. Therefore, the cost of a new Harley may be out of reach
for some individuals.
Many people find that purchasing a used motorcycle is a better option.
However, it's a good idea to possess a healthy dose of skepticism when
purchasing a used bike; particularly from a private seller.
Previously owned motorcycles can be found through private sellers who
oftentimes announce their offer via classified ads posted in magazines or
online bulletin boards. Used motorcycles can also be found at authorized
Harley-Davidson dealerships and public auctions.
Authorized Harley-Davidson Dealers. One of the safest ways to purchase a
used Harley-Davidson motorcycle is through an authorized dealer. Along
with financing options, many dealers offer extended warranties and
optional maintenance services. They inspect the bikes for any potential
problems and provide buyers with documentation that guarantees the used
motorcycle is legal.
To find a list of authorized Harley-Davidson dealers visit
www.hogs4sale.com. Click on the state you reside in to locate a dealer in
Online Classifieds. There are several reputable websites that offer a
wide range of used motorcycles. Ads are placed by private sellers and
transactions are made directly from seller to buyer. Both buyers and
sellers are required to create an account in order to communicate with
one another. Upon registration, buyers can contact sellers via email to
obtain information, arrange a meeting, and arrange financial
Care should be taken when buying or selling through online classifieds.
While the majority of people participating are honest, you should
thoroughly investigate the motorcycle and its history before handing over
your hard earned cash.
Three of the most reputable online classified websites for used
www.CycleClassifieds.us, www.HD4Sale.com, and www.HarleyHunters.com.
Online Auction Sites. E-bay is one of the most popular auction sites for
used Harley Davidson motorcycles. Certain precautions are required and
buyers should thoroughly investigate the seller using E-bay's tools and
seller rating system. If you use common sense and adhere to the
information provided on E-bay's website, chances are excellent that you
will have a safe and happy transaction.
Other used motorcycle auction websites include
www.MotorcycleAuctionsOnline.com and Yahoo Shopping Auctions at
Before you begin shopping for a used motorcycle, it's a good idea to
educate yourself about the makes and models of motorcycles you are
interested in. Do some research to determine the average cost of the
motorcycle in your area; investigate insurance and finance rates; and
make a list of common defects to look out for.
When purchasing a used motorcycle through online classifieds or auctions,
be aware of any claims that sound too good to be true. If you find a
potential deal, physically review the bike before purchasing it.
Look at the paint for scratches, irregularities and rust. Visually check
the tires and foot pedals for wear and tear. Make certain that electronic
equipment, such as lights and blinkers, are in good working order.
Always take a good look at the maintenance history of any used motorcycle
you are considering purchasing. Start the engine to see how well it runs.
Check for blue smoke from the exhaust pipe, which is a sign that the
engine is worn. Make certain there are no oil or gas leaks. The seller
should possess written documentation of mechanical check-ups.
Pay particular attention to mileage, damage, accident history and any
paint jobs. Find out how many people have previously owned the bike and
be certain to verify the VIN number. To verify the VIN number, visit
www.is-it-a-lemon.com or the Department of Motor Vehicles at www.dmv.org.