Buying a Second Hand Two Wheeler? Your Checklist

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India has become the largest market for two-wheelers with buying and selling the second hand two wheeler at rise. If budget is the constraint, buying a used bike can be a perfect bet for you. In this regard, there are certain aspects that need your attention. If you are too saving for a second-hand bike then this guide is meant for you.

    • Analyse the Purpose of Buying a Second Hand Two wheeler

      Analyse your purpose before buying a bike. If you are buying it for a daily use like commuting to the office, a used two-wheeler will fit your requirement. This will give you a good mileage with low maintenance. On the other hand, if you are buying a bike for enjoying a long drive in every weekend or if you are not going to use it very often, you can give it a thought for a luxury one. But, only if your pocket can afford it.

    • Where Can You Avail a Second Hand Two wheeler

      With the internet booming, everything is possible online. Even you can buy or sell two-wheelers as well. There are third-party dealers who have made buying second-hand bikes available online. Or you can directly approach the dealer or their websites online. The best way of approach is to take a trial of various models and gather some ideas, evaluate the features according to your requirement, and zeroing on the one that best suits to your pocket.

    • Checking the bike

      First impression is the most lasting. It goes to buying two-wheelers as well. You can only judge a bike by its look. If you find the look compatible, you’ll buy. You can also find out has the bike been abused or used properly earlier. It is recommended that you inspect the bike during daylight hours as night may hide the potential spots. You can also take an expert’s advice if you’re a newbie when it comes to buying a bike.

    • Insure the Bike

      Insuring the used bike can be a little tricky as you might not get a sufficient IDV. However, you can get your bike insured based on its age, model and other factors. While getting a third party insurance is compulsory, you can decide on whether you need a comprehensive cover or not as per the requirement. However, it is recommended to have a comprehensive cover that protects your bike to the fullest. Don’t forget to compare the bike insurance plans online before buying one. By comparing policies you can get an idea of different premiums offered by various two wheeler insurance companies.

Apart from the above-mentioned, there are two main aspects need to be checked while buying a second-hand two-wheeler:
      • Mechanical check
      • Paper-work check

1. Mechanical Check

The fundamental things you should check on the two-wheeler include:

      • Rust: The metal parts of every bike are prone to catch rust over years. A small surface rust is treatable but if it is deep, you might have to replace that particular body part and that comes with a cost. So, check the metal framework area of the bike properly.
      • Any Oil-leaks: Check the engine area carefully for any leakage. The leakage will be easily provident in case bike is not washed. If it is washed you will need to check minutely.
      • Is there any Accidental Damage: Many people sell-out their bike after it meets with an accident by repairing to a lever. Don’t be fooled by buying an accidentally damaged bike. Though it is repaired, there is no assurance of efficacy of the bike. Check the handlebar, is it straight and not shaking? Check rims of the tyre, are they perfectly aligned? Check the chassis for any repair etc.
      • Scratch Marks: Metro-cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, small scratch are unavoidable owing to congestion in traffic. A minor scratch is avoidable but ensures that the bike has no much deeper visible scratch, repairing expense of which will cost you a bomb.
      • Check the Engine: By turning on the ignition of the bike, you can check the engine for any smoke coming out. Also, analyse the sound of the engine. There shouldn’t be any vibration or different sound. Any such sound indicates a bad health of the engine.
      • Oil Check: To check the oil, remove the dipstick. If the colour of oil id dark brown and rusty, it needs immediate change. Also, check the level of oil on the dipstick. There should be sufficient oil.
      • Mileage and Running in Kilometers: To avoid fraud, you should check the mileage carefully. You might have briefed with a less mileage. however, by analysing the wear and tear of tyres or other parts or accessories of the bike, you can easily guess if the mileage metre is speaking the truth or not.
      • Test Ride: Don’t forget to take a test drive of the bike to feel the comfort of the same. Doing this, you can feel the condition of the bike.

Other Items to Check

The other bike parts that need your attention include:

      • Brakes
      • Air cleaner
      • Gears
      • Battery
      • Clutch
      • Spark Plug

2. Paper-Work Check

Once you are pleased with the mechanical aspects of the bike and happy with the test drive, the next aspect to look for is the Paper-check. You can’t afford a bike with an incomplete or unauthentic paper. The papers that need a check include:

      • Registration Certificate or RC book: the chassis and the engine number of the bike should be the same as mentioned in the registration certificate (RC). By looking at the RC book, the number of the bike owner, the colour of the bike etc. can be verified.
      • Tax Certificate: The two-wheeler you want to buy will need a valid tax certificate.
      • Transfer the Insurance: As we mentioned above, you should check if the bike is insured with an adequate two wheeler insurance or not. If the insurance policy has lapsed, you will need to renew or buy it again to cover the bike. If the policy is still working, don’t forget to transfer it to your name.
      • PUC Certificate (Pollution Under Control): Having a PUC Certificate is mandatory by Indian motor law. At the time of checking the second-hand bike, look for a valid Pollution Under Control Certificate, otherwise, you will have to bear the extra expenses of buying one.
      • Full-Service History: if the bike has a record of full-serve history from an authorised service centre it is a good sign. It indicates that the bike has been perfectly maintained by the previous owner and serviced on time.
      • No Objection Certificate or NOC: To transfer the two-wheeler form one RTO to another, a No Objection Certificate is required.
      • Model Manual of the Bike: The manufacturers provide a manual for every two-wheeler, which contains the details of the bike model. You should ask for the same to know the bike model you going to by properly.

3. Negotiation on Price

Once you are done with the mechanical and paper-check and satisfied, it is time to sit down for the price. You should know the actual market value of the vehicle and then minus the depreciation value with the age of the bike and wear &tear on the price. You can look for second-hand bike quotes online as well. If the price suits your pocket and you’re agreed on this, the next step is to do the paperwork and make the payment.

Final Word!
A used bike is not a bad choice since you give a thorough check on these aspects. You can end up holding a very good deal and save on your pocket. However, it is recommended to check every possible thing carefully and then only crack the deal. This way even with a limited budget you can go vroom-vroom on your dream bike!

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