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How to Sell Your Motorcycle Online

What's in this article?
  1. Optional Methods Of Motorcycle Sale
  2. Personal Sales
  3. Online
  4. Part-Exchange
  5. Preparing Your Motorcycle To Be Sold
  6. Clean Your Motorcycle
  7. Be Sincere Regarding Your Particular Unit
  8. Write A Detailed Description Of The Bike
  9. Include Relevant Keywords
  10. Position Yourself As The Buyer
  11. Include A Price
  12. Reply To Customers Who Have Placed Orders Promptly
  13. Be Mindful Of Scammers
  14. Give Assurance Of Safety And Well-Being
  15. Conclusion
How to Sell Your Motorcycle Online

When you sell your motorbike online, you have a better chance of getting a price that follows the current market.

We want to do everything we can to ensure that the general public continues to view online financial dealings as a risk-free option.

This article will show how you can sell your motorcycle online without risk.

Optional Methods of Motorcycle Sale

You have three primary options when selling your motorcycle: personally, online through a service like We Want Your Motorbike, or through a part-exchange arrangement.

Here, we'll briefly go through each's advantages and disadvantages.


Personal sales

Private sale is typically the first thought many individuals have, whether locally or online, through platforms like eBay, Autotrader, or Gumtree.

The bike will be sold under your full control, including the price, but there are also several drawbacks.

First, a private sale can take much longer because you'll need to meet with potential purchasers to show them the bike. Unfortunately, many of these meetings will likely be ineffective.

Most buyers will expect to be able to bargain with you down on the price. So even when you ultimately find a buyer, there's a strong possibility that you won't obtain the price you initially set out to reach.

Additionally, there is always a chance that you may become the victim of fraud, which would be disastrous.

If you're willing to overlook these drawbacks, you'll probably get more money for the bike if you choose to sell it privately. But you'll still need to account for the listing fees that websites like eBay and AutoTrader charge you each time you re-list the vehicle.


The current most popular way to sell a bike is through an online motorcycle-buying business like We Want Your Motorbike. Online sales are not only quick and easy, but they are also 100 percent secure.

Input your registration information and a few other easy facts to start the process. You'll have a valuation in less than 24 hours.

If you decide to take up the offer, these online companies can pick up the bike in another 24 hours. They will deposit the money into your account before they've even removed the bike.

While it might not bring in as much money as selling privately, you may avoid the drawbacks of privately selling your motorcycle. Many sellers find this a much quicker and simpler approach to finalizing the deal.


Some dealers will offer part-exchange deals, which provide some of the simplicity and ease that a bike buying service would (they'll pick up your old bike and bring you a new one). However, the prices you'll be offered aren't the best.

You'll likely get a much better deal by selling your bike to a dealership and using the money to purchase a new bike from the same dealership.

This could be a great way to trade your old motorbike for a new one. You can go to a dealer or private seller with cash and be prepared to haggle for the best price on the new bike.

Preparing Your Motorcycle to be Sold

People receive real-time feedback from thousands of sellers each year. So we thought it would be helpful to relay some of that information to assist you.

And remember: it is not appropriate to use a stock photo such as this one for your listing.


Clean your motorcycle

You want your motorbike to seem as good as possible; therefore, before taking the picture, make sure it is completely clean.

If a potential buyer wants to see the equipment in person, ensure it is clean before that appointment.

When you get an in-person look, nothing is worse than witnessing road filth and dirt on a motorbike or car. This might cause the buyer to think twice about how well you maintained the bike's other components.

Be sincere regarding your particular unit

Being truthful is the best course of action. Is the motorbike missing any parts, or does it have any damage? Include a picture along with this information in the listing.

Communicating clearly and openly with customers is critical to avoid damaging your credibility and even losing a business.

Take close-up pictures of the details, and give an in-depth account of your model. Also, include any imperfections, such as scuffs or scratches, in your description. Customers like honesty.

Write a detailed description of the bike

When it comes to providing information, there is never such a thing as too much.

People want to know how well the bike was maintained, how this particular motorcycle will meet the consumer's needs, and how adequate it matches the buyer's lifestyle.

So, provide more detail in your description. Include any particular parts required to complete your item. A genuine description will make it fascinating to the consumer and set you apart from other vendors..

Include relevant keywords

If you want Google to return relevant results to your search, you must use the right keywords. This is true for any topic you could look up on Google.

The same principle applies when you put your motorcycle up for sale on the internet. So again, make sure that these phrases are pertinent to your unit so that they will appear more easily in the search results.

Because cruisers, sportbikes, touring bikes, dirt bikes, and dual sports are some of the most well-liked motorbikes categories, you should ensure that your listing includes relevant keywords for these categories.

Harley-Davidson is the original equipment manufacturer that receives the most searches, followed by Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. Conversely, Kawasaki and Suzuki have the fewest.


Position yourself as the buyer

At one time, you were a purchaser. Put yourself in their place and evaluate what you would like to know about the bike if you were purchasing it.

You are in a unique position to offer guidance to the customer, particularly if they are new to the hobby of motorcycling. After all, you might have already been through the process of purchasing something yourself.

Have you done any research on motorcycles, such as reading buyer's guides or motorbike reviews? Over half of all new riders conduct research on motorbikes for more than two months before making their first purchase.

Include a price

Because potential buyers of motorbikes typically have a budgetary restriction in mind when shopping, incorporating the price in your ad must be considered an essential component of the advertisement.

The fact is that ninety percent of potential buyers will not even click on an advertisement if it does not mention a price. So this minor adjustment may have a significant effect..

Reply to customers who have placed orders promptly

When a potential buyer comes out to you with a query, it is imperative to react as promptly as possible so that they do not investigate other listings.

Always check your messages, and when someone gets in touch with you, answer as soon as possible. Ten percent of purchasers want to hear back within one to two hours, while thirty percent want to hear back within the same day.

It is essential that you provide potential customers with a means to text you to obtain further information; alternatively, if you prefer email, you should ensure that you check your email frequently and react promptly.

Be mindful of scammers

There is a risk of fraud associated with making sales or purchases online, which can take the form of deceptive advertising and fraudulent customers.

The question then becomes how individuals can most effectively differentiate between fraudulent and genuine buyers.

Go with your instinct. Follow the proper procedures or local regulations to avoid risks. However, stay conscious that there is a possibility of being scammed out there. When you begin to interact with a possible buyer, it's normal for you to think about such instances.

Give assurance of safety and well-being

Unfortunately, when selling something privately, there is a possibility that someone may take advantage of you.

There are ways to avoid this. For example, you can arrange for the money to be transferred to your bank account before you remove the motorbike from your possession.

There may still be concerns, such as the possibility that the buyer's check will be returned unpaid or their credit card will be denied. But if you show the buyer goodwill, they will likely reciprocate similarly.



So there you have the ideal way to sell your motorcycle.

Whether selling it online or through a dealership, try putting yourself in the buyer's shoes. Creating an honest, accurate listing and taking high-quality photos and videos of your clean motorcycle ensures you get the money you deserve for your motorcycle.

You can give your motorcycle the best chance of finding a new home while making yourself a tidy profit.

At A-1 Auto Transport, we make it our business to stay up to date on the latest developments in the freight industry. So check out our motorbike shipping services to help you transport your bike after it is successfully sold.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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