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Old 05-31-2012, 09:39 PM
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Default Kelley Blue Book for pricing of used bikes?

I am starting to shop around for a used bike and to battle the sales guy or private owner, I was wondering if I should use the Kelley blue book... or if there is something better to inform me of the value of a bike?
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:44 PM
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Use the online NADA guide. I have checked it agains the NADA book we use at the shop and its usually within about $80 accurate.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:48 PM
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I am starting to shop around for a used bike and to battle the sales guy or private owner, I was wondering if I should use the Kelley blue book... or if there is something better to inform me of the value of a bike?
I always go by the KBB trade-in value when making an offer on a bike. If the owner doesn't accept it, then I continue looking till I find somebody that will. E-bay (completed solds) are also a good indicator of what a certain make or model of bike is going for in the real world. Don't go by asking prices! You want actual bikes that have SOLD!
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The bluebook value on mine goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.
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I usually go with an average of NADA and KBB. I know my Stealer uses NADA.

There will be a big difference between trade in and retail. For instance I used NADA the other day to get both values on my 2009 Deluxe, and trade in was listed at around 11,500, retail was 15,500. I wouldn't pay a cent more over retail from a Stealer if the miles on the bike weren't too high. Private party is a completely different story. How bad do they need the money is a big contributing factor and does he think his Harley is gold and in my local town, Sportsters are apparently wroth gold prices... examples... http://elpaso.en.craigslist.org/mcy/3032476040.html
http://elpaso.en.craigslist.org/mcd/3007987387.html

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Old 06-01-2012, 06:25 AM
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The lending institutions & dealers in my area all use NADA - Motorcycle for their values. I'm not aware of anyone using KBB in my area.
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Lenders and insurers use NADA.
Dealers like to use Kelley to sell (KBB puts a higher retail value on it than NADA)
In the car business for trade in value they have Black book value that is for auto dealers only.It's lower then both NADA and Kelley.Not sure if bike dealers have the same.
I have a friend in the auto business and when I'm shopping for a used car he will check the Black book value for me to let me know what the dealer probably gave for it in trade or auction.
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Use the online NADA guide. I have checked it agains the NADA book we use at the shop and its usually within about $80 accurate.
I tried this just for fun and it shows the '11 RKC with the 96" when it came standard with the 103". It also asks if you have the optional engine guard, saddlebags, oil cooler, windshield etc., all of which were standard It doesn't even show the 103 as an option. Makes me wonder about how accurate the rest of it is.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:10 AM
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Maybe someone should tell the Craigslist poster's on crack about NADA and KBB!
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Maybe you shouldnt think of it as a battle. It is a negotiation. You want a product somebody else has and they want your money. The real question is who wants what more.

Oh, and for the jackwagon that only offers trade in value to a private seller. I would LMAO and ride away as quickly as possible. If you only want to pay trade in value start a dealership.
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