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Buyer's Tips: Find a Great Used Harley-Davidson for Sale

Oct 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by RumbleOn Road Captain

Want to Find Used Harley-Davidsons for Sale?

So, you’ve decided to shop for a used Harley-Davidson. It’s a good thing you’re doing your research first. Searching for a used motorcycle to buy can be fun, but it can also be like pulling teeth. Should you buy a new Harley or a used one? How can you determine whether you’ve found a good deal on a bike? Are there any specific things you should look for before you buy a used Harley-Davidson? Hopefully, some of these tips can help make the process a little less daunting.


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We’ve all heard how quickly new vehicles depreciate, and it’s really no exaggeration to say that your bike’s worth goes down exponentially as soon as you drive it off the lot. We always say that buying a used bike is the better deal in the long run, but if you're dead-set on buying one of the new Harley-Davidsons, then make sure you're getting the best deal. Harleys have a track record of retaining high resell value, though. So, you can probably count on being able to resell it for a decent value.

As you likely already know, if you are looking to buy a used Harley-Davidson, take some time to research before you make a commitment. Check out different years and models, and narrow down which are considered better than others. Be sure to include common problems with specific models or year of used motorcycle, sometimes there are service announcements and recalls you should take into account.

Pro tip: When buying a bike from a private seller, be careful not to put too much attention on the odometer. These can easily be replaced and can turn a 75,000-mile bike into a 15,000-mile bike and they're counting on that you won't know the difference. To spot the true condition-tells, check for wear on places such as the tires, the brake discs, seats, exhaust, and foot pegs.


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RumbleOn’s Rumble Ready inventory features quality, used Harley-Davidsons for sale. And every motorcycle in stock comes with a Rumble Ready Condition Report from the NADA.

As far as price is concerned, if you decide to buy a used motorcycle from a private seller, keep in mind that sometimes these sellers can price their machines unrealistically high. Sure, NADA and Kelley Blue Book can serve as guides for price points, but that’s just it, they are guides. Kelley Blue Book price ranges aren’t entirely as accurate as you may think, and private sellers may require a bit of negotiation before you can settle on a decent sales price. On the other hand, we have probably all dealt with a dealer who has tried to charge a premium to make a profit. Dealer fees tend to sneak up on you, don’t they?

Pro tip: check on the price for a motorcycle you’d like to buy is to look at how eBay’s pricing has run for completed auctions in your area. It always helps to familiarize the pricing points for closed sales near you. This helps to not only locate bargains but can assist in calling out a rip-off price from that private seller who won’t budge.

When it comes to modifications and accessories and modifications that were added by the previous owner, keep in mind that most mods do not boost the resale value of a motorcycle. Since most customizations are based on personal preference, it doesn’t matter how much money was sunk into the bike; most mods are not likely to add any significant boost to the bikes worth.

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Do you have any tips to find a great used Harley for sale? Don't leave your fellow shoppers high and dry, share your tips in the comments!


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Written by RumbleOn Road Captain

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