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I am looking at selling my bike and am wondering what is the easiest route to go. I would love to take it to a dealer, work out a price, and be done. My hesitation is that they would low-ball me, and taking 10% out of a consignment probably would not result in more money. I would think a consignment would take a while since it's winter for another couple months.

Anyone try selling their bike to a dealer? What was your experience?
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You will get your best deal selling privately hands down IMO. But I guess that isn't what you are asking

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Best to stay away from a dealer.
Try listing on Craigslist for a couple weeks and if that doesnt work try a MC consignment shop.Most ask what you want and if there is room for them to make some they take it in.
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The dealer will absolutely low ball you if they will even buy it outright instead of trading it in. Your best bet would be to privately sell it. You could probably get a little more out of it if you wait a few months till it warms up
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List it here first , if you price it right somebody here will buy it . The dealer will F%^K you hard . Especially if you are not trading ...
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Victories are hard to sell. You might have better luck trading it in. A dealer will not buy it out right unless the market is hot for that bike. Harley flooded the market back in 2003 with the 100th anniversary model there are so many bikes now. Your best bet might be a bike broker that charges a fee. Still this time of year a bike sells cheap. when the riding season hits the price goes up.

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Echo what they said.

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Most new bike dealers typically get used bikes in two ways;

1. as a trade in
2. from an auction at well below trade in prices

They also often sell their over stock inventory to action companies or wholesale brokers which will also effect their decision to consign your bike or their trade in offer.

They typically have no reason to accept a consignment as it takes up floor space, they may have the same model new and they typically don't make much on them. Most of the time when a dealer accepts a consignment bike, it's as a favor to one of their good (repeat) customers.

Do you own your Victory outright or do you owe money on it. That also may effect your deal in that it adds another item to be considered.

Your best bet is to simply walk into your dealer and talk to them. Their particular situation at the time will determine the outcome.

All the best to you and please let us know how it goes.

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I guess it depends on how much you want to make. I sold my past bike to a dealer, it in August so toward the end of the riding season, if he did not sell it by year end it would be a year older and he would have sat on it for 6 months. I was expecting to sell it for about $3,200 he offered $2,500. During my busiest time of year at work, the no aggravation, no tire kickers, no state inspection, not everybody wanting to go for a ride and worrying if it was going to be a Mayhem commercial. My wife was worried about who knows who coming to the house. I went to a dealer who only sells used bikes and he offered me $2,000. I went back to the 1st dealer and took the deal.


Everyone is different, but worked for me.
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