Tips for Buying a Motorcycle Out of State

What happens when you fall in love with a motorcycle – but it’s out of state? This is a common scenario now that more people are shopping for vehicles online. Not only is shopping online more convenient, but also it opens up a much wider selection than what you would have in your local area. 

However, buying a motorcycle in a different state can be tricky. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but it does mean that you’ll have to sort out a few details before you commit to buying the bike. Let’s explore some tips to help you in your search! 

Make Sure the Seller is Legit 

The first consideration about buying a motorcycle out of state is the seller. Are they credible and trustworthy? Here are some of the ways you can tell who you’re working with. 

  • Establish good communication. A solid line of communication is essential. Pay attention to how long it takes the seller to respond and the manner in which they speak to you.
  • Ask the right questions. You’re making a big investment, so don’t be afraid to ask questions such as how many people have owned the motorcycle, if it has been involved in an accident and if it comes with a clean title. 
  • Speak over the phone. FaceTime works as well. If the seller only wants to text or email, this is a red flag. 

Go See the Motorcycle or Have it Inspected 

It’s always ideal to go and see a motorcycle before buying it, and test drive it if you can. A lot of people fly or drive a rental car to see the bike and then drive it back. You can also drive a trailer and haul the bike back. 

If this doesn’t work for you, pay a mechanic to inspect the motorcycle on your behalf and let you know if it meets the seller’s description. If you do decide to hire a mechanic, you can have the motorcycle shipped to you. Average costs are around $500. 

Gather the Necessary Paperwork 

Before agreeing to buy the bike, check the VIN number and plates. Ask to see the title. Cover all of your bases so that you know you’re getting a legit motorcycle in good condition. 

In terms of payment, you might find it best to work with an escrow service. These third party services will protect your money from fraud. It’s also possible that the seller may accept financing. Never send any bank information or money over a direct wire transfer. 

RepoFinder: The Safer Way to Buy Used Motorcycles 

RepoFinder is the largest bank repo list in America. We continuously get used motorcycles being sold from banks and credit unions at affordable prices. You can narrow your search down to motorcycles in your state, or you can open up your search. At least you know you’re buying from reputable sellers! 

Start your search for repossessed motorcycles and see what you can find!