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Forget filling in all those forms; come to us first. Today, everybody wants everything to be instant. We think that's made people lazy. In a world of smartphones, social media and search engines, where everything is available at the click of a button, the personal touch seems to have been forgotten. But that's just the way we've always worked. We're a team of bikers, for bikers, and we know that for your motorbike valuation the cookie-cutter approach won't do.
Your WeBuyAnyBike valuation advisor will work hard to get to know your vehicle before giving you a valuation. If we need to know anything, we'll get in touch. Our policy is always to ask not to assume. If we need pictures, we'll get in touch. If we need to follow up, we'll get in touch. You know your bike better than anybody else. For us to get it right, we have to get to know the bike as well as you do.
Our valuation process doesn't just take one thing into account, such as your bike's age. We look at every aspect of your vehicle, building up a complete picture of the bike and how you've used it before we get back to you with your valuation. This personal approach will always represent the real value of the bike, not a computer number, based on what honest people will be willing to pay for it.
This article was contributed by Ashley and Kerry, our in-house vehicle purchasing experts
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A simpler time. Back in the day, we were all used to things being done face to face. If you dealt with somebody in a shop, you knew if you were being dealt with honestly. Having a laugh and a joke was all part of doing the deal. And after a while, you got to know the chap at the dealership. You knew exactly where to go next time you needed their expertise.
That's just the way we do things at WeBuyAnyBike, updated for the modern age. How can anybody mean to say that they can put a motorbike valuation together without talking to the man who's owned it, ridden it and cherished it? For all the advancements in technology, they'll never be a computer in the world that can generate a quote for your bike that will truly reflect it's value. There are things that only sheer experience and talent can bring to the table. Unfortunately for some of our staff, that's grey hairs and wrinkles. But fortunately for you, that's a human-generated, accurate bike valuation. Every time. Guaranteed.
It used to be simply a matter of taking your bike down to the local dealer to have it appraised. You'd have a brew and a chat to make an afternoon of it, and the salesman would take a look over your bike with a discerning eye. He might have a leaf through a book on his desk, which is where we got the term "book value" - books like this aren't even produced any more. He might have seen three bikes similar to yours in the last week, or this might be the only one he's seen in his life. Whatever you've brought in, the expertise that his years in the trade bring to the table will give the best impression of your motorbike's value. If anything, it's a gut feeling more than a mathematical process. That's how deals and negotiations happened for hundreds of years. In the end, you may have made a friend out of it too.
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Our 3-step bike valuation process is famously simple. Our dedicated team handle hundreds of enquiries per day, and we are always available to assist. Over the years, we've refined everything about how we do business to make things quicker and easier for you. To start, we only need to know the minimum set of details about your motorbike. Then, we do the groundwork and market research behind the scenes. We do the heavy lifting for you, combining our extensive experience and the latest techniques to get an accurate valuation for your motorbike.
Use our dropdowns to choose your motorbike, starting with the year. Our year dropdowns go back to 1984 (A reg). If you require a valuation for a classic motorcycle any older than this, get in touch using our contact details. We will be able to provide you with a bespoke quote. After this, you will narrow down the selection of your motorbike by filling out the engine size, followed by the make and model. If your bike's make isn't in the list, select "Not in List" to view our list of less common makes. Finally, you will be asked for your motorbike's variant. Variant doesn't always have a significant impact on price, so if you don't know which one to choose, pick any. If you have it, you might want to check your owner's manual, especially if you own a sports bike with lots of options like a Honda CBR1000. Otherwise, if we do need to nail down the specific variant, we'll be in touch by phone.
Add your mileage and condition, the bare minimum we need to value your bike accurately. This will give our valuations advisors the best impression of your bike and how it's been used.
Each bike is individual, and each rider even more so. There are so many things which can affect a motorbike valuation that we believe in the personal touch before we can adequately assess the value of your bike. To proceed with our bespoke and manual service, we need to know a little more about you. The information we ask for is only to complete your valuation enquiry, and we will never contact you for any other reason.
Your phone number and email help us to get in touch when we have prepared your valuation. If we do need any more information about your bike we prefer to get in touch by phone, but email is suitable for most of what we do. Your postcode allows us to assess your bike's value based on your location. Buyers in the largest UK market of London and the South East do sometimes tend to offer a little more for the bikes.
We have over 20 years of experience in the industry, and we think our team are some of the best. Every enquiry that goes through our company is looked over by one of our valuations advisors. This approach, which respects your bike as a one-off that deserves personal attention, is the best way to get a value for your motorbike that you can use.
Our experienced underwriters have a diverse background in biking and motorcycling, with many coming from the motorbike sales, insurance industry or finance sectors. Their expertise comes into the fore every day. They bring a passion for motorbikes to work, and you'll often hear a discussion of the Moto GP or TT in the office when it's the racing season.
Ashley is part of our family, working in the valuations team and making offers to our customers. She started with the company in 2012 and returned in 2018 after a stint travelling in Australia and New Zealand. She is 100% committed to our family and extends this to our customers. She will honestly do her best when you are looking to sell a bike.
We performed an analysis on the vehicles we've purchased over the past ten years, and we crunched the numbers to find the most premium motorbike valuations on the planet. These bikes are the cream of the crop, often bought as investments or as cherished display pieces. Here are some of the brands which produce the most valuable motorcycles.
For the most part, these are our bread-and-butter. While a market for luxury motorcycles does exist - as we detailed above - for many, motorbikes are viewed only as an affordable and convenient form of transport. For that reason, the vast majority of motorcycles on Britain's roads are the scooters, mopeds and 125s favoured by commuters and casual bikers. The turnover for these bikes tends to be high. As new riders buy a 50cc at 16 to pass their CBT and then upgrade to a 125cc shortly after, there are lots of used mopeds on the market. As anybody who has supervised a 16-year-old knows, these bikes don't tend to get looked after particularly well.
There is a strong demand, therefore for cheap, entry-level bikes. This demand is filled mainly by factories in China that churn out generic models which are then rebadged by importers. Looking at the chart above, we can see a small segment of these brands in the "budget bikes" section. You will be familiar with many of these companies as they are based in Britain, such as Sinnis and Lexmoto. Some of the more prominent companies such as these will have sufficient clout with the Chinese manufacturers that they can afford a bit of customisation. Their bikes may not be exactly similar to the others produced by those factories.
We can't possibly list all of these rebadged brands here, so we've chosen a selection which represents the lower end of the market reasonably well. This part of the industry is a broad church, and not all of these bikes are necessarily bad. We recommend bikes such as these to many people. If you're looking for something that can get you from A to B or will help you start your motorcycling as a hobby, these bikes will do the job. Their low value often comes from the fact that they don't usually get serviced. Young or inexperienced riders may also drop or damage them often, leading to lots of these bikes being written off or stolen.
As with any asset, motorcycle value does depreciate over time. You can expect to lose the most money on your bike within the first three years of registration, with the pace of loss dropping off sharply after that. But not all bikes lose value at the same rate, and some can appreciate, especially classics.
To help stop confusion in this important topic, we looked at the data for vehicles we've valued over the past ten years to find out how motorbikes lose their value over time. Based on our data, we can draw some important conclusions that might affect how you think about the value of your motorcycle going forward.
This graph makes the relationship between the selling price and registration year quite clear, with motorbikes losing most of their value within the first 50 months. We found that after this, the depreciation of the motorbike year on year started to reduce.
Additionally, it seems that the value of motorcycles that were cheaper to start with will fall off more quickly. Conversely, bikes that are dearer at the start of their lives hold more of their value for longer.
It's worth noting that in this data we assumed that the mileage of the vehicle per year would be the UK average of 3000 miles per year. But how would mileage affect the value of the bike overall? We ran our data through an algorithm that shows how important each factor is to affect the price of a used motorcycle.
We found that even though mileage does affect the selling price of a bike, the year of registration is much more significant. This may reflect some bias on the part of buyers or sellers. The age of a bike may bear down stronger in people's minds than the effect of mileage, which is much more variable.
We also found by looking at our data that there is some significant seasonal variation in motorbike valuations. Prices appear to be performing much stronger at the beginning of each registration year. If you're looking to sell your bike in the summer, you're likely to receive a better price than if you were selling it in the winter.
The market is stronger in summer since people tend to buy bikes during the fair weather for riding. By contrast, more people want to sell in the winter, meaning the market becomes saturated.
If you have outstanding finance on your bike, you may be worried if this will affect your valuation. The good news is that for our purposes, it certainly won't. We only value the asset, in other words, the metal, so if there is any outstanding finance attached, we don't take this into account. We generally consult HPI for vehicles that come to us when we're doing our background checks. HPI (standing for Hire Purchase Information) is a nationwide register with a record for every vehicle, whether bike or car, which has outstanding finance.
By checking the HPI register, we will be able to tell whether the vehicle has finance outstanding or not. Whatever the case, it won't have any bearing on the valuation we give. We can't see how much is outstanding, only whether there is finance or not.
If you do come to sell the bike, whether to us or otherwise, you will need to clear the outstanding finance. This is part of the agreement between yourself and the finance company. When you're selling the bike, you'll need to subtract the value of the outstanding finance from your motorbike valuation. If not much time has passed since the start of the finance agreement, it could be the case that the amount of outstanding finance surpasses the value of your bike. In this case, the difference is called negative equity. You will need to make up this up by paying the finance company what they say you owe (your settlement figure).
Around 384,000 vehicles are written off in the UK per year, which equates to 1 every 90 seconds. For motorcycles, it's still quite common to see total write-offs despite safety features becoming more prevalent, such as ABS and traction control. Lots of second-hand bikes on the market are Cat C or D write-offs that have been repaired, and it's possible to find bargains among these bikes. In some cases, you might make money on them. All of this muddies the waters in terms of insurance write-offs. As a general rule, you can assume that if the bike is an insurance write-off, the value will be lower than if the bike had never been written off. Category A and B bikes are not suitable for resale as a whole, however.
We do buy bikes that have been written off in the past, and our team collect bikes nationwide. With bikes such as these, we do check the cap HPI register as part of our background checks, which will reveal the write-off category as well as other information from the insurance company. We factor this information in when we’re preparing our motorbike valuation and seek to offer you a fair valuation in this case. Our valuation may be higher if the bike has been professionally repaired.
Motorcycling is a lifetime hobby, and lots of riders enjoy modifying and upgrading their bikes. From exhaust systems to panniers, to quickshifters, heated grips, engine bars and crash bungs, there are a staggering amount of aftermarket extras available. Bikes become incredibly personalised and adapted to each rider over the years of use, and this means that in the second-hand market most bikes have been modified in some way.
As many bikers will discover with some degree of sickness when looking at their credit card statements, aftermarket parts are incredibly expensive. When it comes to selling the bike or getting a valuation, you might expect this to increase the value of the bike. However, it doesn't always work out this way. In some cases, aftermarket parts can decrease the value of the bike.
If your bike has an aftermarket exhaust system, this is generally something which buyers will appreciate, and this can increase the value. Check if it is a full system, if it's been professionally fitted, and is from a reputable brand such as Yoshimura or Arrow.
Panniers are also an aftermarket accessory which will reliably increase the value of your bike, especially if it's an adventure or touring model. Buyers of these sorts of bikes will usually want a bike with panniers fitted. If you have panniers from the original manufacturer of the bike, this can add hundreds of pounds of value to the vehicle.
Unfortunately, other than these two items, it's likely you'll lose money on your investment in aftermarket accessories. It's rare to recoup the funds you spent on other sorts of accessories such as heated grips when it comes to selling the bike. You should adopt the state of mind that those products were fitted for your enjoyment, not for the next buyer.
When we give valuations, we want to provide as accurate and impartial a number as possible. For this reason, we don't take your location into account. We operate nationwide, and even if we end up buying your bike, we won't change the value based on where you live.
That being said, when it comes to selling your motorbike, you may find that quotes from dealers and private buyers vary wildly depending on your location in the country. Demand for bikes across the UK is relatively uniform, but in the below two areas you'll find that your bike will perform more strongly:
For whatever reason you're looking for your motorbike valuation, at WeBuyAnyBike we have you covered. Remember, our friendly and expert team are always available to help, give us a call, and we can advise you on how best to carry out your valuation. And when it comes to selling, we also buy bikes and collect for free nationwide.
We are proud of our drivers reputation, all our own drivers vetted and qualified to do the job in the hand. We are grateful for the dedication and passion our drivers have given us over the years and offer a nationwide pickup service. Built over the past 10 years and operating out of locations in London and Manchester, we have an efficient and speedy way to collect bikes anywhere in the mainland UK.
We can guarantee a professional, friendly team when it comes to a motorbike valuation. We all make sure our customers' satisfaction comes first and foremost, which is why Nicole, Dawn, Gemma and the rest of our customer service family here will always give you a warm welcome, work for the best offer from our buyers and a promise to never be pushy. We are proud of our 5 star ratings and want to keep it that way. We don't train our team to be the best they are born naturals
Our phones are manned with all hands on deck from 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, and we are closed on Sundays. Our drivers are out on the road 24/7 (bless them) working all hours to ensure our customers get times to suit, meaning there's always a driver nearby ready to collect your bike. You will always get notice - we wont just turn up unannounced. Of course, our online site is open 24/7
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