Used motorbike buying advice...
Motorbike History Checks - Buying advice and tips
Your rights when you buy a new or secondhand vehicle
You have more rights if you buy a bike from a dealer than if you buy from a private seller.
The Consumer Rights Act came into force in 2015 and covers the purchase of goods, digital content and services including new and used vehicles from official dealers
(it doesn't apply to private sales).
If you buy from a private individual you can expect the seller to have the right to sell the goods and for the goods to be as described.
When you buy goods from a trader, they should also be of 'satisfactory' quality. This means that the goods meet the standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory,
taking into account:
The way they are described
Any other relevant circumstances, such as they are second hand
Manufacturers’ and other warranties offer protection that is over and above your legal rights.
Generally when a warranty is offered, the terms and conditions are set by the warranty provider. Therefore it is up to you to make sure that you are aware of what the warranty provides.
Buying a motorbike privately could save you money - but it's riskier than buying from a motorcycle dealer. You will not have as much legal protection, and it may be more difficult
to make sure that everything is above board.
Buying privately should be cheaper than buying from a dealer. It is also riskier as the bike may be stolen, or it may have been used as security for a loan or hire agreement and
actually belong to a finance company. It's always essential to get a motorbike history check before buying any used bike. It will show any outstanding finance or insurance claims made
on the vehicle in the past and whether it is recorded as stolen, listed as written off plus give the bikes vin and id numbers and spec as well as many other data points, you get and check
from a registration number from the link below or from our home page.
You have fewer legal rights if you buy a bike privately. For example, there is no legal requirement for the bike to be of satisfactory quality or fit for purpose. However, the following
rights do apply:
The seller must have the right to sell the motorbike.
The motorbike must be as described and must be roadworthy so if a private seller misleads you about the condition of a bike, you can sue for your losses - that is if you can find the
private seller after the sale.
The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 prohibit motorbike dealers from pretending to be a private seller. However, some do so to avoid their legal obligations
and to dispose of faulty or over-priced bikes.
Warning signs to look out for include
Adverts which give a mobile phone number or specify a time to call (it may be a public phone box, not the seller's home).
Bikes advertised for sale in car parks, roadsides or other public spaces as well as in local newspapers and shop windows, and the same phone number appears in several adverts.
When you phone about the motorbike, the seller asks "Which one?"
The seller wants to bring the bike to you or meet you somewhere, rather than you going to the seller's home.
When you get to the sellers home and there seem to be a lot of bikes for sale on the street.
The seller's name does not appear on the logbook as the last registered keeper.
If the private seller is really a dealer, then your full legal rights apply
Buying from a dealer
Avoid dodgy dealers by looking for a firm with a good reputation. Ask the advice of friends and look for a trade association sign which should mean the dealer follows a code
of practice. The Retail Motor Industry Federation or the Scottish Motor Trade Association can give you a list of dealers that are trade association members.
Retail Motor Industry Federation
Scottish Motor Trade Association
Before you buy
Make sure you ask the dealer questions like what mechanical, history and mileage checks they have done on the second-hand vehicle you want to buy. Also, ask for important information
about the vehicle to be put in writing before you buy - don't just rely on what the salesperson tells you.
Your rights when buying from a dealer
When you buy from a dealer, the law says a vehicle must be of satisfactory quality. It must meet the standard a reasonable person would regard as acceptable, taking into consideration:
the way it was described
how much it cost
the age and the mileage of the vehicle
This covers things like:
appearance and finish (paintwork)
durability (how strong they are)
The vehicle must be free from problems, except where they were pointed out to you by the seller. The vehicle must also be as described. So if the advert says ‘air conditioning’, then the vehicle
should have this feature and it should work.
The vehicle should also be reasonably fit for any normal purpose, which means it should get you from one place to another. The vehicle should also be reasonably fit for any other purpose you
specify to the seller, for example, towing a caravan.
What to do if things go wrong
Always try and resolve any problems you
have with the seller of the vehicle in the first instance. If you aren’t
satisfied and the dealer is a member of a trade association,contact that trade
association for advice. If you are still not satisfied, an option may be to go
to court. This may often be the case if you have been dealing with a private
seller.You can further advice from Citizens Advice.
Don't get caught - check before you buy!
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