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Preparing Your Motorcycle For Shipping


Have you been looking to sell your motorcycle in the hopes of upgrading to a newer, more sleek version but you aren’t sure where to begin? Or maybe you have already sold the bike and you’re in need of a delivery service that can get the bike from point A to point B without damaging it. With such a high value item to ship finding the right company can be stressful and seem like a never ending problem, but never fear! Here are a couple of tips to help you narrow down the perfect company to ship your motorbike to its new home!

Do’s And Don’ts

Picking the right delivery service can seem like the biggest task – especially when selling something as potentially high value as a motorbike, and especially if the buyer lives in another city (or even country!). Make sure you find out firstly if your chosen delivery company will insure your bike and if so, up to what value. Being realistic about delivery times is also useful as if you are expecting miracles when shipping something as potentially difficult as a motorcycle you may have expectations dashed if they’re too grand. Websites like Shiply work well in this instance as they will help you narrow down the right delivery company or driver for your job and will help you narrow down the best of the options available and put you in touch with companies that provide the services you’re looking for.

Be Sure To…

Insure your bike for travel or arrange this with the buyer. Prepare the bike for shipping, including wrapping it up and putting any styrofoam or other cushioning on things like the chain, kickstand and brakes. Fold in the mirrors, remove any loose parts that could fall off while in transit and also check with the delivery company to see if they have any specific requirements before they will transport the vehicle. Be sure to document the condition of the motorcycle before the shipping and include this along with the bill of sale or invoice. In this sense, anything that happens with regard to damage enroute to the buyer should in theory be covered by the insurance of the delivery company.

Compare Quotes

Be aware that just because you find a low quote doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Low quotes may be low because the company is looking for clientele because they’re new and inexperienced or they have had bad reviews and are trying to make up for it by quoting low in the hopes of gaining back a customer base. Read reviews and be prepared to pay a bit more for the shipping of an item. Consider what your budget is in advance of selling the bike in regards to the shipping and if you want to go with someone that has excellent reviews but quotes a bit higher, be prepared to pay for quality and service.

So there you have a couple of great suggestions on how to prepare your motorcycle for shipping and to make sure you get the most out of the experience for both you and the buyer.

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