Top Five Motorcycle
Auctions can be a great place to pick up the
bike you lust after, but it’s easy to
pay over the odds on a rotter. Our simple tips
help you on the way to auction happiness.
- Know what you want. Auctions sell a huge
variety of machinery, and it's easy to stick
your hand in the air and buy something on
a whim. If you're not after an individual
machine, keep in mind what you're looking
for and don't bid on anything if you're not
absolutely sure of what you're getting yourself
- Familiarise yourself with the bike beforehand.
Auction catalogues are available pre-auction,
so study the description, and then do further
research. Often auction houses will have more
images than they print they may be able to
supply you with these so you can make s more
informed decision on the bike's vakue.
- Check the bike over beforehand. Usually,
you won't be able to hear it running, but
you can closely inspect the bikes before the
auction starts. Knowing the lot number helps
too you don't want to stand for four hours
waiting for your bike to arrive if you can
help it, and it also means you're less likely
to miss it if you know roughly what time the
bike is selling.
- Set a maximum price. If you see the bike
you really, really want, it's easy to convince
yourself to bid a few hundred (or even thousand)
quid over your budget, when you could easily
have picked up a more similar bike for a more
reasonable price elsewhere.
- Make sure you know the other costs and fees
that winning bids incur. Auction fees and
tax are the usual costs factor this in when
deciding your budget.