After a recent spike in motorbike theft throughout the country, buyers are now being asked to beware before buying a motorbike online. Thieves are cashing in by stealing bikes and selling them via popular social media channels such as Instagram and Snapchat. So, what can buyers do to protect themselves?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
One of the key things to look out for when buying a bike online is the price. If you spot a bike on social media and it’s being offered at a much lower price than it is valued, it’s a clear indicator the bike could be stolen. Thieves aren’t looking to get the highest price, they’re looking to get ANY price before they get caught with the stolen vehicle.
Now, many buyers are unaware of how much a bike is worth. So, how can you tell if the motorbike is being offered at a much lower rate than it should be? Well, a good way to check is to get a green book valuation. This really useful service tells you exactly how much the bike is worth, including how much it would go for at retail price.
Price isn’t the only thing to watch out for however. It’s possible you will find some good deals online, so what else should you be looking for?
Become your own detective
As well as the cost, there’s a few tell-tale signs that a motorbike is stolen. One of the first things you should ask for is the documents. This includes the registration document and the MOT certificates. If the seller cannot provide them, it’s a clear red flag and you definitely shouldn’t part with any cash!
Speaking of MOT certificates, you should always check them via an online service. You’ll find plenty of MOT check sites which can verify whether the information provided on the printed certificate is genuine. Be aware that it is only the paper version of the MOT which could be faked. The online version is pretty much impossible to tweak.
Overall, with the rise in motorbike theft throughout the UK, it’s imperative buyers become aware of the signs that a bike they’re looking at is stolen. The above are just some of the ways to ensure you don’t fall victim to the recent bike theft ring. Above all else, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t buy the bike.