How to Sell a Motorcycle Privately

If you are trying to sell a motorcycle here are some ideas to give you the best places to sell your vehicle and get the most for your money.

Where to sell a motorcycle

There are many places where you can advertise and sell your motorcycle. Some of the popular sales channels are:

  • Classified ads
  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Autotrader
  • Craiglist
  • Gumtree

Classified ads in your local paper may sound a bit old school but almost all publications have an online version. eBay, Craigslist, and Gumtree get great online traffic and Facebook Marketplace is useful as it targets prospective buyers in your local vicinity.

How to sell a motorcycle privately

Determine your price by looking at similar models for sale. Take some good photos of your machine and create an eye-catching and descriptive advert. Place your ad and meet with prospective purchasers.

  • Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork
  • Have service and repair records
  • Be prepared for test drive requests
  • Be clear on how you will accept payment

Be on the lookout for scammers and people simply trying to get a cheap deal.

How to sell your motorcycle fast

Price can play a vital part but some high-quality photos of your motorcycle and a well-worded ad can go along way to enticing a buyer. Have everything in order regarding legal documents, answer all buyers questions honestly, and be prepared to negotiate on price to make a speedy sale.

How to sell a motorcycle fast on Craigslist

To gain a quick Craiglist sale do your research. See what other people are selling the same model for and look at their ads.

Set your advert apart by creating an attention grabbing piece. Think about including tempting phrases like ‘low mileage’, ‘one careful owner’ or ‘like new’ to entice purchasers.

Craigslist is divided by area and city so make sure you are advertising to the right location. It is worth including a couple of well-populated areas that are within a reasonable distance of your own location to widen your scope.

Other ways to sell my Motorcycle

An alternative sales method is to allow a company to handle the sale of your motorcycle for you. For a fee or a commission these companies will pair you with buyers actively looking for your make and model. Some of these companies are

How much should I sell my motorcycle for?

Your bike sales price will be determined by the age and condition of your vehicle or the current value of your model. It will be impacted by variances like seasons—more people will be buying motorcycles in the summer months than through the winter.

To determine your price do some research, ascertain how your make, model and age of motorcycle is selling for. Make reasonable adjustments for wear and tear or overall quality. Take the motorcycle to your local motorcycle dealers and have them quote you a realistic sales price. Or determine value by using an online valuation tool like

How much does it cost to sell a motorcycle privately?

The cost to list your bike privately varies considerably depending on which marketplace or website you choose. There are some free alternatives if you don't want to pay to list your bike for sale, or options costing up to £75 or more. For example, eBay charges a fixed £11.99 plus 1% of the final sale price if you use an auction-style listing. check our our article on the costs of selling your motorbike privately.

When you sell your motorbike, remember to get in touch with your motorcycle insurance company to terminate the policy. There may be a cancellation fee to get out of the policy early.


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