Hello Fabio, welcome to LB!
I’m sure the video above is useful (I like that guy’s videos) but not had time to watch it. Some points I would check:
- Go in the daytime, night makes it very hard to see issues
- Run a vehicle report as you said to make sure:
- Description matches the bike
- It has no outstanding credit/finance
- It’s not stolen
- It’s not an insurance write-off
- That it comes with a V5C document
- Check the VIN and Engine number on the bike match the document
- Check the colour matches the bike. If not, why? Has it been repainted due to a crash?
- If milage is mentioned, does it fit the bike’s mileage?
- Does it have a service history? Take the time to go through all the paperwork do not feel pressured
- Is the service history for the bike?
- Has all the scheduled maintenance been performed? (print out the maintenance schedule before)
- Does the mileage match the bike’s mileage?
- Tell the owner you want to hear the engine when it’s cold so not to warm it up before you get there
- Does anything need replacing? If so you might want to negotiate the cost of the items off the price:
- Chain & sprockets
- Brake pads
- Battery? (does it start okay)
- Test the electrics, i.e. instrument cluster, horn, headlight, main beam, indicators and brake lights (front and back brake activation)
- Look closely at everything, has anything been repaired? Bodywork, part replacements, etc. This could be indicative of a crash. Was the crash declared? What were the details? Who repaired it?
- Does it run okay? No funny noises? No leaks?
- Does it have an alarm? Does it come with manual/all fobs
- Does it come with a tracker? You’ll need to change the owner details
- Does it come with all keys, i.e. spare and emergency key (if applicable)
- Does the owner have any parts/accessories for it they want to also sell? Make sure you get any standard parts you might need in the future, i.e. number plate/hanger, exhaust, etc, for MOT, etc.
Probably more, but that’s what I can think of off the top of my head. Remember, everything is negotiable so if something isn’t quite right, it’s an opportunity to negotiate the price
Test ride - Very important, will tell you if there’s any issues with the engine, gearbox and brakes. Sometimes very hard to arrange with a private seller though. You may have to leave the money for the bike with them, and you’ll need to be insured. Check the tyre pressures if you can, if the bike hasn’t been used in a while the pressures are probably too low and will give you an incorrect impression of the handling of the bike.
I would take another biker with you, they can give you a second opinion and help with staying with the person/cash if you go for a test ride. I would check where you are being asked to meet in advance, look it up on Google Maps street view. If you are not certain of your safety then ask to meet somewhere public, i.e. a supermarket carpark, near the entrance where people are.
If you buy it, get a written receipt from the owner. i.e. it should say:
- What you bought
- Who you bought it off
- How much you paid
- The date/time
I’m a paranoid type, so I have also asked for a photo of the seller and the bike before. This is useful as it has metadata in the photo that says where and when you were with the seller, backing up the receipt.
You will also need to fill out the new owner section on the V5C. Again - make sure you have insurance and road tax before riding it.