In today's tough economic times, used motorcycles have become more popular than ever before. In case you haven't looked recently, the prices on new ones are enough to give you a good ole case of sticker shock. So if you want that feeling of freedom on the open road with the wind streaming against your face but your wallet just isn't up to the task of buying new, then looking at used motorcycles would definitely be the way to go.
When you start the buying process, you no longer have to depend on the local newspapers want ads to seek out that cycle of your dreams. You now have the vast resources of the internet at your fingertips to help you shop. With many auction sites, dealer sites and so forth that can be accessed in the blink of an eye, you can literally browse through hundreds of used motorcycles from the comfort of your own home.
Unlike shopping offline, there are some drawbacks if you decide to purchase used motorcycles on line. One of the biggest drawbacks is that you usually don't have the option to physically look at the bike. You have to rely on the seller’s description. Sure you can ask questions and in most cases this is just good old common sense. But nothing beats sitting on the bike, starting it up and taking it out on the road.
One of the best sources of used motorcycles online is to use many of the community type websites that now exist. You can actually shop in your neighborhood, narrow down your choices first, then take a drive. This can save you tons of time, gas and energy. So don't hesitate to take advantage of these resources.
Another excellent source for used motorcycles is your online auction sites. Now granted, once again you can’t actually lay your hands on the bike but if you know what you're looking for and you ask enough questions, this can be an excellent way to make your purchase.
Market research has shown that on the average, purchasers can save anywhere from 20% to 40% when buying via an auction. And with major auction sites, you now have a bit of protection just in case what you have bought turns out to be a total misrepresentation. So don't be afraid to use this resource also.
Ok, so maybe buying online isn't your cup of tea when you want to start looking for used motorcycles. Maybe you just like doing things the old fashioned way and have the time and the patience to sort through the want ads. In many areas, you may also have publications dedicated to used motorcycles that list bikes for sale within a certain geographic region. The only drawback is that you may be limited in the amount of choices compared to shopping online.
Whatever method you choose for buying used motorcycles whether it be online of off, just use some good old common sense before making the purchase. Be patient and try not to rush into making a deal that you might end up regretting later on down the road.