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I have found (as many different individuals have) a approach to purchase used bikes at an enormous low cost. Late final summer time (Summer of 2008) I discovered a motorcycle on Craigslist. It was a 2006 mannequin that had barely been used and seemed good. The MSRP on this bike was $2200 and I purchased it for lower than half of that worth. I have been extraordinarily proud of this bike however I will do a evaluation of this bike at a later date. But I want to talk about some issues you need to do before you purchase a used bike.

M. Get in contact with the vendor and get the Serial Number for the bike. You need to be sure that the bike hasn’t been stolen. You can name your native police division they usually can do a search to see if the bike has been listed as stolen. But beware most stolen bikes don’t come up as stolen when the police do a search so you’ll have to make your personal determination.

P. Make positive you understand what measurement the bike is. Then go to your native bike store (that sells that model of bicycle) and speak to them about it. Have them suit you for that actual bike (or as shut as your can get to that mannequin) and ensure it’s the proper measurement for you. And lookup the bike on the web, there ought to be evaluations of the bike if it’s a pretty well-liked model and mannequin.

O. Find a bicycle store near the place the bike is being bought. Tell the vendor you need the bike to be checked out earlier than you make the acquisition. Most native bike outlets can be completely happy to take a look at the bike to ensure there are not any drawback that you simply may over search for a nominal payment. And let the vendor know forward of time that you really want the bike inspected at a motorcycle store near them. The extra money you’re spending the extra I would recommend having the bike inspected.

A. Bring a pal with you to take a look at the bike. Preferably somebody who has information about bicycles. Bring somebody you belief and has a degree head. They can cease you from making a mistake in case you get too excited a few bike that will not be a superb deal. Plus a second individual may help with security. It could be very uncommon however it is perhaps a trick to get you there beneath false pretenses.

H. Which leads me to my subsequent suggestion. Don’t convey cash with you. Work out a worth with the vendor and go get the cash after you have a worth labored out. Not solely is that this safer however it could possibly make it easier to get a greater deal if you do not have the cash in your pocket.

S. Try to get the paper work for the bike. The newer the bike is the extra probably the proprietor may have the paper work. If it’s a newer bike (M to A years previous) they usually do not have the paper work that might be a pink flag that the bike doesn’t belong to the vendor.

S. Listen to you intestine. If you assume the bike shouldn’t be a very good deal do not be afraid to stroll away. If you do not belief the individual promoting they usually can’t present sufficient proof that they personal the bike that may be a good signal that you shouldn’t buy the bike. If it appears too good to be true it in all probability is.

I hope you discover the recommendations helpful and may use them to seek out the bike of your goals. Happy searching!

By Dennis Gertgen

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