Yes indeed! “Winter is coming” and it has had its first casualty. These famous ‘Stark’ words (Game of thrones) speak most to Motorcyclists in the modern world. And the casualty I refer to is my motorbike! That’s right my beautiful Suzuki is no more..
But fear not, the motorcycle has not been written off following a freak accident, it was instead sold. Given personal circumstances and the fact that its too cold now to ride a motorbike in the English winters, I sold my motorbike to a local dealer. Selling my motorbike wasn’t easy and I am going to share a few pointers for people looking to sell their motorbikes:
(1) Selling it online I used autotrader to initially advertise for my motorbike back in September for about $25. I know its not ideal time to sell a bike but the experience was way worse than I expected. If you are using an online website to sell your bike, get ready for hoax emails and phone calls. I was contacted about 5 times in a week for my motorbike and all of the times it was a hoax email. The wording of the emails is a complete give away of the genuineness , and I found Google particularly useful to verify my doubt. Soon I removed my email address. But I also received texts and phone calls from people who didn’t seem genuine – “I want a motorbike but I don’t have a license”, “I am looking for a motorbike for my friend”, “Give me your address and I will get back to you”.. The whole process was a big fail! With zero genuine buyers and I would not recommend selling the bike online to anyone, especially when its off-peak (Autumn/ winter) season! If possible use a spare number and not your main contact number to avoid future harassment…
(2) Selling it to a dealer I sold my motorbike to BudgetBike in Swindon city centre. I contacted a number of bike dealers in Swindon but none of them (apart from BudgetBike) were buying a motorbike in the off-peak season. Anyways, I took my motorbike in and I was quoted a figure far low than what I expected. However given that I wanted to make a quick sale, I accepted the offer. But the bike was still not sold as the punters at the dealer didn’t have cash to buy my bike. After several phone calls and waiting many days, I managed to get hold of the boss at the dealership. And the bike was promptly sold, following exchange of bike documents (old MOTs and services, Registration), keys and cash! Key learning here is that always finalize the deal with someone who has a say and handles cash at the dealership. Bike’s appearance goes a long way, so make sure you give that old beast a good clean before you take it in.
So there we have it, the motorbike is gone. I hope to write again soon, which will be after a new motor purchase, lets hope soon