Used motorcycles on the Internet: beware of manipulated photos

When it comes to buying a used motorcycle, there are several things to look for. Consumers who want to buy used motorcycles on the Internet must be particularly careful. You have to be very careful about the pictures of the motorcycles that can be manipulated to attract more buyers.

Checklist of things to look for when buying a used motorcycle

Every part of the motorcycle must be reviewed before deciding whether or not to buy a second-hand motorcycle. This will give you an idea of what you may have to spend before you can enjoy your ride. Among the elements to look at carefully, the buyer should check the swingarm, the condition of the cables, the frame and the electrical system.

Every part of the motorcycle should also be checked: speedometer, exhaust, steering, brakes, fork, handlebars, fenders… The buyer of a used motorcycle should also pay special attention to levers, tires, engine, footrests, wheels, suspensions and transmission. Depending on the technical failures, the buyer can try to reduce the purchase cost.

The duration of a used motorcycle’s inspection

In 15 minutes, the potential buyer can already have a rough idea of the condition of the two-wheeler. The first thing to do is to check that the advertisement is in conformity with the machine. Some sellers deliberately mislead consumers by manipulating the information in the ads: mileage error or even brand error. However, the difference between the object and the description in the ads is a fault that can be considered as false advertising.

Some sellers, private individuals or dishonest professionals, use to make up reconditioned motorcycles… thus, several damaged or stolen motorcycles are sold to inexperienced buyers. It is recommended to ask for the maintenance booklet in order to check the periodicity of the maintenance and to be wary of the photocopies made from another motorcycle. You should check the general condition of the motorcycle, especially the hidden parts.

Never trust pictures of used motorcycles

Used motorcycles can be purchased online. It is strongly discouraged to make a purchase without seeing the bike. Photos of motorcycles on the internet can be manipulated to show off the machine. The downside with buying a used motorcycle online is that the seller may also provide false descriptions about the two-wheeler. If you only look at the pictures to get an idea of the condition of the machine, you can’t listen to the engine noise, check the smoke coming out of the exhaust, the alignment of the wheels and the possible leaks.

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