HOW TO PRICE A USED BICYCLE?
June 25, 2006
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I currently live in a hilly
mountain town and am considering buying a used '05 Kona
Stuff for trail biking and dirt jumping. I know the original
retail price of the bike is about $900-1000. It is only
6 months old and is in excellent condition.
I'm not sure how much is reasonable
to pay for this bike. I'm pretty new to the entire thing.
I don't want to insult the seller, but I don't want to pay
hand over fist, either. Please help! Thanks!
I could coach you on successful
negotiations, but that would make for another Web site.
Instead, consider this: If in six
months the bikes owner rode the heck outta the bike
then cleaned it up real nice, itd look like
new but might have the crap beat out of it. You cant
tell for sure without taking the bike apart, but you could
find obvious signs of wear by doing an ABC
Quick Check. (Find more detailed checks, with pictures,
in my book.)
Second, just as (in the U.S.) you
can check a used cars blue book value,
you can do likewise for bikes with Centric Medias
Blue Book. (Note that it's gone out of print, so
it might not list newer bikes.) Likewise for the Bicycle
Blue Book (shown at right)but unless that Kona
traveled thru time, the latter book won't list it.