If you are in the market to upgrade your dirt bike, but you need to sell your old bike first; in this article, we will discuss some top tips to sell your used dirt bike.
Once you’ve found a bike that you are interested in, also read this article, to make sure you find yourself a good bike that won’t cost you a fortune to repair.
Clean the bike properly
First of all, you will want to make sure that the bike is clean. I don’t just mean give it a wash. Remove the plastics, open the sub-frame and clean absolutely everything from top to bottom. Use a toothbrush to get into the small, hard to reach places. Once your bike is clean from top to bottom, change the oil and also clean or replace the air filter.
Take well lit, high-resolution pictures
In order to drive more traffic to your advert, you will want to make sure that you have lots of high-resolution pictures, taken in a well-lit area. Make sure that you don’t have any other junk in the background and also make sure that your bike is already clean and looking good before taking the pictures. People are more likely to view your advert if you have more professional looking pictures.
Tell your friends that you want to sell your bike
If you are known to take good care of your bike, chances are good that you may be able to sell your bike to a friend or a friend of a friend before even having to advertise your bike. Perhaps also try to advertise your bike on Facebook groups that you follow.
List the advert online
Advertise the bike on multiple classified websites, such as Craigslist, Gumtree, Facebook, and Instagram. List it on as many different classified sites as you can think of, to ensure that it gets seen by as many potential buyers as possible. Ensure that you show the correct contact details and use the high-quality photos that you took.
List all the aftermarket parts you have on your bike
Make sure you list all the aftermarket parts that you have on your bike, as this may make your bike more appealing. Please also just note that if you have USD 1 000 worth of aftermarket parts on your bike, it does not mean that it will increase the value of your bike by USD 1 000. People don’t seem to care much about how much money you spent on aftermarket parts. It may make your bike sell quicker. In some cases, aftermarket parts may even put people off.
List everything in detail
Mention how often you service the bike. If you recently did the top end, try to show receipts and pictures as proof that this was done. The more you details you can give, the better. If you know of something that is broken or faulty, mention this in the advert in order to gain credibility with your potential buyer.
Don’t negotiate too much over the phone
Encourage potential buyers to look at your bike, but let them know that you are only willing to negotiate the price in person. You have a better chance of selling the bike when the person actually puts in the effort to look at the bike and you will also know if you are just dealing with a time waster or not.
List your bike at the right time
If you try to sell your bike at the beginning of the season, you are more likely to sell it quickly and you should be able to sell it for more. If you try to sell your bike towards the end of the season or beginning of winter, people are less likely to buy it, since you won’t be doing much riding during the cold winter months.
Replace old grips
If you have old, slimy grips on your bike, it is best to replace this before attempting to sell your bike. It will give a bad impression, as potential buyers may think that you neglected your bike. If you have bent or broken levers, replace those too. Grips and levers don’t cost much, but it will greatly improve the look of your bike.
Do research before listing your bike
Look at all local listings before advertising your bike. This way you can get an idea of how much you can sell it for. Perhaps also go to your nearest bike dealer to get their opinion. Be realistic when deciding on a selling price. If you bought the bike new and you want to resell it, expect to lose a fair amount of money, as the value of new bikes depreciates pretty quickly.
Hope you find these tips useful and manage to sell your bike quickly, for the price you have in mind.