MyBike suggested Seller Safety
Help make selling online safer by following these simple steps to protect yourself and buyers from online tricksters.
Step 1 Creating your ad
Creating your ad is easy, but make sure you remember to…
- Choose a secure password for your account. (Not sure how? Click here and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.)
- Include the correct details & features of your item.
Step 2 Deciding the selling price
Find a balance between the price you want and the price you think buyers will pay for it…
- Research similar items on the MyBike network and other classifieds websites to determine if your price expectations are realistic.
Step 3 Answering buyer enquiries
Potential buyers will ask questions about your bike and you to make sure you’re a legitimate seller, but…
- Be wary of buyers requesting specific personal details. You shouldn’t need to provide them with your account details or any banking information.
- Be wary of buyers who offer you much more than the asking price or who ask you to pay for services such as shipping, agent fees, or customs charges.
- Remember, the MyBike network will never ask for your account information or login details by email.
Step 4 Inspections
Buyers can ask to inspect the item prior to purchase so they can make sure they’re happy with it…
- Where possible, arrange to meet at a neutral location like a police station car park and try to take someone with you.
- Make sure you take key information like registration details, motorcycle log books and roadworthy certificates.
- Is the buyer who they say they are? Before they take your, bike out for a spin, ask to see their licence. Bring a pen and paper so you can write it down.
Step 5 Making a deal
Before you accept an offer…
- Know how much you’re willing to accept and prepare to negotiate to a minimum price.
- Don’t take your ad down until you are certain you have received payment from the buyer – it won’t cost you anything to have it up longer.
- Ensure you have your traffic department yellow transfer of ownership forms ready to go.
Step 6 Receiving payment
Congratulations on your sale! Be safe when negotiating payment with the buyer…
- Don’t rely on “proof” of payment from the buyer. Check with your bank, that the money has been cleared and you can see the funds in your account before parting with your item.
- Give the buyer a receipt or a simple written agreement to confirm you’ve received their payment.
The MyBike Team