Out of all things necessary for everyday use, cycles are among the high-priority stuff for commuting between school or work or doing errands, or using it for fitness goals. And we know how pricey they are getting every day, so we are left with no option but to get our hands on resale or preowned ones.
There are many preowned cycles up for sale online. Still, we all know how tricky the whole process can become, especially if you’re a novice. No one wants to see their money going down the drain by buying a faulty cycle from an online heckler.
To sort out this worry, we at Zize Bikes are offering good quality preowned cycles at nearly throwaway prices. You pay for what you see. Moreover, we offer financing terms like no other. What you find at the checkout is what you have to pay, and no additional or hidden charges.
Buying a Resale or Preowned Cycle:
Read the guide below, which has all the unsolicited advice to let you freely decide which cycle is best for you.
Check Out the Pictures:
Pictures are a near-to-real depiction of what the product is like, in this case, a cycle. If the seller has posted stock images, this is a dishonest attempt to deceive the buyer. But if there are actual product images, give them a zoom-in look from all angles. You can even ask them to provide more pictures if the present ones need to be more specific or satisfactory.
Photos are also an excellent way to judge whether or not the cycle has been under rough usage. Usually, sellers post pin-perfect images, which is a clear depiction of their immaculate use.
Look Out for Damage:
Look out for apparent signs of damage. Most of the time, sellers hide cracks and damage under thick coats of paint, but you being a second-hand buyer, need to stay vigilant.
Start looking for damage around the expensive parts first, and then head over to the cheaper components. Next, check the cycle’s frame. Look out for any cracks, especially near the joints, as joints are the places that are exerted to most pressure. It would be best if you were extra cautious with chrome frames because structural damage can be shadowed with precision on carbon forks and frames. This is not the case with aluminum, steel, or titanium frames.
Also, remember to look at the chains, rims, and tires. A rusty chain replaced rims and worn out or mismatched tires will tell a tale of their own, despite what the owner says.
If you notice any visible signs of damage, we suggest you not purchase that cycle.
Don’t Exhaust Your Budget:
Most of the time, buyers are over the moon when they land upon the product they were hunting for. They immediately decide to pay for it, lest the product gets out of their hand -AKA -gets sold out.
If you encounter any problem with your cycle after the purchase, you will have to pay for it. The wise decision is to keep some money aside to cater to the after-purchase costs since most resale cycles don’t come with a warranty.
Ask Many Questions:
Sellers usually post lengthy descriptions, which are suitable for learning more about their products, as they are too informative. But that’s only sometimes the case.
However, suppose the buyer has a knack for concise information. In that case, your right is to ask as many questions as you feel necessary before adding the product to your shopping cart. Your questions will prompt answers giving your insight into the cycle, and more details are always good, as they will impact your final decision.
Many sensible owners keep their receipts from the showroom and mechanic intact. Ask for them, as this will give you an idea about the cycle’s general health and maintenance history.
Give it a Thorough Inspection:
A thorough inspection may include inspecting all its components, big and small. Check for any knocking or rattling sounds. The frame, fork, chain, cable slap, seat posts, attachments, bottle cage rivets, cable stops, top tubes, down tubes, head tube, derailleur, chain suck zone, chain stay, bonding areas, contact points, wheels, rims, drivetrain, cables and control, bushings and brake pads.
Check the Cycle’s Size:
If you have set your heart on the cycle, then one last thing you need to be sure of is the cycle’s size. No matter how lucrative the deal seems, it’s no good if the size doesn’t fit well. But, on the other hand, a cycle too big or too small is a sheer waste of your money and will grace your garage for the latter part of its life.
Check Out Cheap Copies:
Many sellers will not hesitate to deceive you with their cheap counterfeits, as there are many out there. Therefore, ask the seller for the frame identification number, a whole number stamped on the inner side of the cycle’s frame. It is essential to check this also to verify if the cycle is stolen or not.
Moreover, if the seller offers a price way below the market price, this is also something to worry about. Again, the receipt will come in handy here. Also, check the frame number on the national database to see if the cycle is not a stolen piece.
As mentioned earlier, some sellers offer prices that seem like they need to be more reasonable to be true. However, the reality is that no seller will crash their rate without a hidden motive. The hidden motive can be a scam, stolen, or a fake product. Maybe the cycle is severely damaged, and the buyer cannot notice. Or they have camouflaged the dents and cracks under cosmetic changes to deceive the buyer.
Words for You!
For all such instances, stay vigilant and do not rush before purchasing. Instead, keep your calm, and look at other listings. Sooner or later, your preloved dream cycle will arrive at your doorstep. Still, you will have to do the needed legwork for that.
You must consider these points before buying a preloved or resale cycle. However, we hope your purchase from Zize Bikes will be smooth and easy.