Does it make sense to buy a salvage bike?

The answer to the question is yes and there is one good reason for that:

The Price- So many of us dream of buying a super bike, but the price of one makes us give up our cherished dream. At a salvage auction you could buy a bike costing as much as $15000 for a fraction of that. You can undertake to fix such bikes yourself and even after buying the parts you will spend considerably less than a new bike.

However, there are a number of things that one should find out before going ahead with any such purchase.

  1. Do you plan to use it regularly?


If you do, you will have to register it. If the idea is only to tinker with the bike and get it into working order and possibly ride it on a race track sometime, you don’t need to bother with registration.

On the other hand, if you plan  to ride it on roads and highways, you need to know what the rules for registering salvage bikes are in your state. You may be required to make your bike undergo a safety inspection. This will help get it certified as a rebuilt bike.

If you have a state issued title and a damage appraisal report handy it might be easier for you to clear the salvage inspection. Also keep the receipts and any other documents pertaining to the repairs carried out with you to help support your case.

  1. Do you need to know how to fix a bike to be able to buy a salvage bike?

It sure does help. Therefore it makes sense to try and buy a salvage bike which requires as little repair as possible. All the same you can carry ut research about where to source the parts from quite easily these days and you should also be able to find someone to carry out the repairs for you without too much difficulty.


  1. It pays to be very careful.

You have got to have some idea about the prices of regular bikes and then start making comparisons with damaged bikes. It is also an extremely good idea to find out how much it would cost to buy all he spares and parts required to fix the bike. If the costing exceeds the price of a regular bike, it makes no sense to go for the salvage one.

You should also take your time in selecting the salvage bike you should buy. It is a good idea to visit a number of dealers and not buy anything on an impulse. There is a very large number of dealers out there and you can check out a number of bikes of the best makes out there. Be diligent in your search and you will find what is right for you. It might also be wise to steer clear of rare custom built bikes as it might be difficult to find parts or they might be exorbitantly priced.


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