|Tips for Buying a Used Harley Davidson
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
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
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 your area.
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 motorcycles include:
www.CycleClassifieds.us, www.HD4Sale.com, and
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
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.