5 Important Things To Check Before Buying A Second-Hand Two-Wheeler
Published On Feb 02, 2021
Buying a new two-wheeler has become expensive over the last couple of years, mainly driven by new safety and vehicle insurance regulations, stringent emission norms, and a high GST rate. At the same time, two-wheelers are indispensable as they offer excellent last-mile connectivity at an affordable cost. A great way to overcome this dilemma is buying a second-hand two-wheeler. The market for pre-owned bikes in India is quite robust with both organized and individual sellers to choose from. However, what’s even more important is choosing the right second-hand two-wheeler. Here are 5 important checks that you should consider when evaluating any used two-wheeler purchase. Make/Model of the Two-Wheeler The make and the model of a two-wheeler determine its price, an important factor when buying second-hand. A successful model from a well-known brand generally commands a higher price than one from a lesser-known brand. So, choose a make and model combination that fits your budget. Another reason why this check is important is spare part availability. Although Indian law requires every manufacturer to provide spares for 15 years after a vehicle’s discontinuation, you might still face availability issues for certain older models. If your bike is put out of action because of this, the very purpose of buying used and saving money over a new one is defeated. So, pick a make and model with good spare part availability. Physical Condition The biggest risk with buying a used two-wheeler is that it’s... used. Regular usage involves wear and tear, possibly leading to a hefty repair and part replacement bill after you bring the bike home. That’ll be made only worse if the bike has physical damage, To avoid this, check the two-wheeler against these common fault areas,
- Oil leaks (engine, suspension, brakes)
- Rust (fuel tank, engine, wheels, chassis, brakes, suspension)
- Dents and scratches
- Condition of handle, levers, pedals, crash guard, grab rail, other accessories etc.
- Tyre wear