Tips for Buying a Used Motorcycle in the Bay Area – Part 2

The first post in this series discussed the advantages of buying a new motorcycle from a dealership.

2003 Suzuki Intruder 1300

Once you have made the decision to purchase a used motorcycle, there are two options you have: 1) Purchase from a dealership or 2) Purchase from a private party.  This posting will cover purchasing from a dealership.  The next posting will cover private party purchases.

The following advantages can be found when purchasing a Used Honda Motorcycle or Used Suzuki Motorcycle from a dealership:

1.  Quality of the Vehicle – At Contra Costa Powersports, every used motorcycle , scooter or ATV sold at our store under goes a complete safety inspection by our service department.  All mechanics are factory trained and know what to look for whether it’s a used Yamaha motorcyle, a used Kawasaki motorcyle or any other brand.  When the vehicle leaves the store, you can have confidence that’s it is in good working order.

2.  Financing – A dealership is able to provide onsite financing at the time of purchase. 

2009 Suzuki GSXR600

You don’t have to leave the store, find a bank, fill out an application and then wait for a response.  All that can be accomplished at the dealership, usually within an hour.  If you want to get pre-approved for a loan, Contra Costa Powersports has a secure online credit application that you can use.

3.  Extended Warranty – At Contra Costa Powersports, we can offer one or two year extended warranties on all the used motorcycle we sell.  The warranty varies by Make but typically covers the engine and the transmission (the expensive items to repair).  The warranty can be included in the financing so you don’t have to come up with money out of pocket.  The extended warranty will come with either no deductible or a very small deductible and is good for unlimited miles.  An extended warranty is something we recommend for all the used motorcycle we sell.

4.  Peace of Mind – Last but not least, when you buy a used motorcyle or used scooter from a dealership such as Contra Costa Powersports, you know that there is a sound business standing behind your purchase that you can go to with any issues or problems.  We once

Used 2006 Honda CRF450X

sold a motorcyle to a customer and even though it was thoroughly checked out by our trained technicians, the battery failed a week after he purchased it.  The customer purchased an extended warranty but this typically does not cover batteries.  We wanted the customer to have a good experience with his new motorcycle so when he came back and explained what had happened, we installed a brand new battery.  Try doing this when buying a used motorcycle from a guy on Craigslist!

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