Pre Purchase Inspection
I am interested in buying this bike : http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/mcy/1110735828.html
and I am wondering about pre purhcase inspection. How do I do one and what should I look for. The seller claims that the bike has only 8,000km and I wonder what is wrong with the bike and the deal sounds to good to be true.
I dunno it sounds like a legit price to me...
It's freaking '96... Maybe you can get it even lower...
13 years old...
Less than 1K Km a year... You probably have to replace some stuff.
Get it inspected by a shop, it's faster and they know what they're doing. I went to Bayside 'cause it has good hours and I work FT so I can't do it during the day.
Other good shops are EMS, Imperial, Burnaby Kawasaki + others.
If you do it yourself look for the main parts:
- Brakes (check wear) / Fluid
- Electrical (Battery, Lights)
- Suspension (forks not leaking)
- Chain / sprockets
- Has it been in an accident? Structural...
- Oil leaks?
There's a bunch of good articles around...
Here is one:
IF you don't want to spend the money, do yourself a favour and make a checklist of the important stuff. If you're buying used you most likely have to do some maintenance anyways, just know what you're getting into.
I.E. you need new tires, doesn't make it a bad bike, you just need new tires. Personally, I'd avoid anything that would be a maintenance nightmare. Ask for maintenance records and receipts.
I would not say the price is too good to be true, it's 13 years old.
I would however, question the mileage, and not sure how this can be verified?
Does the seller have any documented service history? If so, you could check to verify mileage jibes.
Take someone with you, who knows a little something about bikes. Anything obvious should stand out.
Have you seen the bike yourself? Does it look super clean, have you heard it run?
Whenever I look at bikes, I insist that the seller DOES NOT start the bike before I arrive....I want to see and hear it start from cold.
That bike's been listed a while now, I've seen it before, so kinda surprised it's not been sold if it was 100% legit.
For $1000 more ($4600) why not get a 10 year old younger Ninja ZX 600 - 2006?
From what I gather, this looks like a great deal (I'd jump it this, but I just bought my Ninja 250 2 months ago and have barely rode it, so I can't justify upgrading so soon!).
I could never figure out bike pricing (it is not like cars - where the older the model, the cheaper it is). But with bikes you have 10-15 year bikes that still sell for what looks like a high amount!
Funny enough, I do the same thing.
Originally Posted by CHIA
As for this particular Kawi, it might be just me but one thing that irks me is when people advertise bikes like these as "good beginner bike". That raises a red flag since it's... well, lying. And potentially harmful one.
That's exactly how it is. The new bikes drop but a good bike most likely will not be worth less then 2g at any point. This is in particular true with beginner bikes.
Originally Posted by Ninjaboy8
*If* that's legit, which it appears to be, it a helluva deal for someone...seriously!
Originally Posted by Ninjaboy8
It could conceivably be another $1000 higher in price quite easily.