We want to make it easy for you to do the right checks on a used motorcycle no matter what State or Province or Territory you live in, or where the motorcycle you want to buy is located.
Have a look through our Used motorcycle Buying Tips and Frequently Asked Questions below for advice on what to do when buying a used car.
Used motorcycle Buying Tips
When buying a used car, you should:
- Inform the seller you intend to do an lien check (DMV Auto Report) and a detailed vehicle history report on the car.
- Obtain the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and enter it into the search box on this site to get the vehicle’s complete history. The VIN can be found on the engine, vehicle registration papers, or on the inside of most motorcycle doors.
- Make sure the VIN, engine number and registration details on the motorcycle match those on the registration papers.
- Get an independent mechanical inspection.
- On the day you take ownership of the vehicle, purchase a lien check to verify there are no loans on he vehicle.
Why do I need the VIN?
Every Motorcycle has a unique VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). See below Where do I find the VIN to locate yours. The VIN allows the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of Transportation to keep track of the motorcycles registered owner. Police also use this number to verify that a motorcycle has not been stolen and is in the possession of the original owner. However, it takes professional thieves only seconds to replace this plate with one from a legally purchased junk car of the same make and model.
- Where do I find the VIN?
Every motorcycle manufacturer displays the VIN on different locations. However, not all is lost. The vast majority of motorcycles we came across, display the VIN also known as the chassis number on the right side of the head stock tube. The VIN is usually laser-printed or stamped deep on to the frame. Below are a few examples of VIN locations for your motorcycle.
- Insurance card / insurance policy
- Vehicle title and registration
- Why do I need to do a Vin Check Bikes check?
Obtaining a Motorcycle History Report is a crucial step before selling or purchasing a motorcycle. A motorcycles history report brings to light information that can help you make a decision before proceeding with the transaction. For example, if a motorcycle had any finance or money owing on it, as the new owner, this could affect your credit history and leave you in debt.
We include Real Time DMV data including the history of the vehicle, such as where and when it was titled, any reported maintenance that has been performed, the manufacturer’s specifications, lien history, NHTSA recall information, theft history, rebuilt titles, odometer info including rollback, towing and impound history, insurance total loss and all accident, salvage, and auction sales history.
NOTE: Vin Check Bikes does NOT provide personal owner information such as name, address, or any other personal identifying information of previous motorcycle owners. This is against Federal privacy laws and Vin Check Bikes, nor any other VIN Check Service, can legally provide this information.
- How is my Motorcycle History Report delievered to me after I purchase?
The report will be viewed instantly after your purchase. We also have a PDF version of the report which makes it easy to store on your computer, email, or print at your convenience. You can download the report immediately after purchase and a link to download the report will also be sent. Unlike out competitors, our history reports never expire. Login to your account to view your report and order additional reports when needed.
- Can I get a Vin Check Bikes check on vehicles manufactured before 1989?
Prior to 1989 VIN numbers varied between 11 and 17 characters. Vin Check Bikes can only report on vehicles with a 17 character VIN. Therefore information on vehicles manufactured before 1989 is limited.
- Where do I find the VIN?