Important Information You Should Know Regarding Motorcycle Resale & RegulationContact
In the sections below, our experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will discuss several important regulations, laws, and considerations for anyone who is planning on purchasing a used motorcycle in California.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident while riding your used motorcycle and would like to file a personal injury claim against the party at-fault for your losses, our 24/7 legal team is readily available to handle your case. Our motorcycle accident attorneys have won more than 5,000 personal injury cases and recovered over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. Due to our achievements, we have been recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in Los Angeles.
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Dealership or Private Dealer?
Warranty: This is a key difference. Private sellers will generally sell their motorcycle as-is, while a dealership will at least offer some form of warranty that is time sensitive in the event that something goes wrong with the motorcycle. Warranties offer a buyer a certain peace of mind, while buying from a private seller carries a greater risk if the motorcycle develops issues.
Ownership History: Another important legal consideration. A dealership will typically conduct a search to make sure the motorcycle wasn’t previously stolen or declared a total loss by an insurance company. This will offer a buyer more peace of mind before purchasing a motorcycle. On the other hand, a private seller may or may not know the background of the motorcycle they are selling.
Title Transfer: Anytime you purchase a motorcycle, there must be a transfer of title, as well. If you choose to purchase a motorcycle from a dealer, they will generally handle all the paperwork for you and transfer the title to you in compliance with the DMV. On the other hand, a private seller will sign off on the title and you will then be responsible for visiting the DMV and transferring the title yourself.
Service History: Some private sellers keep detailed service records, while others do not. On the other hand, a dealership will have records of any work they have performed, and possibly work done before they acquired the motorcycle.
VIN/Title History: Legally speaking, this is crucial. Please request a copy of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and research the motorcycle’s history. This will help make sure it wasn’t stolen or previously wrecked. If a seller refuses to provide this information, that is a very bad sign.
It is encouraged for motorcyclists to create a checklist to inspect parts of their motorcycle for safety purposes. It would be ideal for motorcyclists to include the following:
Engine: Check for any wear or damage, coolant leaks, and oil leaks.
Frame: Check for missing paint or corrosion, cracks, or any missing pieces.
Suspension: Check for leaks from shocks or struts. Protective boots and covers should not have cracks.
Cables and Wiring: Cables and wiring should not show signs of fraying and must operate smoothly.
Tires: Tires should not show signs of wear and should not be cracked.
Bearings: Bearings should not be greasy.
Fluid leaks: Fluid leaks are never a good thing. Always check for oil, coolant, and radiator fluid leakage.
Chain and sprocket: The chain must be well greased and shouldn’t come off when you spin it. Sprockets should not have cracks and must be clean. Finally, sprocket teeth must be sharp.
Bar ends, brake levers, and footpegs: Bar ends, levers, and footpegs must not be too scratched or damaged.
Forks: Forks must be straight and free of scratches.
Battery: Make sure the battery is new, clean, and that the battery terminals do not show signs of corrosion.
Brake Fluid: Brake fluid must be topped up and should be a light tan color. Darker fluid is a sign that it needs to be replaced.
Fuel tank: There should be a cap, it should seal tightly, and there should not be any lingering smell of gasoline. It must also be properly mounted.
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