Buying motorbikes on Ebay

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the most important thing about purchasing a motorbike or car on ebay is to actually go and view it before placing a Bid. Like all used items on E-bay a lot of it is down to trust betwen the seller and buyer.
however as i have learned from experience some peoples idea of a good runner is different to others.

i have purchased three motorbikes from E-bay the first two purchases a CB500 and a GPZ305 were of reasonable condition and fairly accurate in there description.

However my third purchase a KH125 was described as being a good runner which was in regular use by the sellers partner to get her through her test.I only purchased this bike for £205! you dont expect much for £200 granted.however the bike had the following issues which needed to be urgently addressed.

Totally rusted chain ( barely useable hazard )
max speed of 35miles an hour ( should do 65 at least) due to exhaust being totally coked up to the hilt.
metal on metal front brake with a partially seized caliper
sheered off mud guard to fork mounts one side.
number plate snapped in half
broken choke (stuck on)
faulty rear brake light
generally very very tatty - major rip in seat rusted frame etc
very very poor runner

yes i should not have accepted this and paid the money....should i have viewed the bike first? 100% yes!!

this does not excuse the dishonesty of the seller failing to describe the bikes true condition..

key tips

1) always view the bike
2) recent M.O.T if possible
3)V5 present
4)NOT being sold on behalf of someone else
5)look for good positive feedback 100plus ideally



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