How to Buy a Motorcycle in China

Written by james green
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How to Buy a Motorcycle in China
Purchasing and owning a motorcycle in China is regulated by local laws. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from

Due to low prices, the demand for Chinese motorcycles has been on the rise in recent years. Whether you are living in China, or wish to buy a motorcycle for export, a Chinese-made motorcycle will likely save you money. Although purchasing a motorcycle is not complicated, it is important to abide by Chinese laws and regulations regarding the ownership and use of vehicles.

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    Obtain a motorcycle driving license from the local public security bureau if you plan to use your motorcycle in China. You will need a 'D' license, which may cost up to 300 RMB (about US £32 in 2010). They will need to see your passport, visa, your existing driving license (translated), and a copy of a recent health check.

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    Purchase a motorcycle. If you are buying a new motorcycle, there are many dealerships that cater to different motorcycle brands, and used motorcycles may be found in classifieds in local newspapers and magazines as well as online. If your Chinese language skills are limited, there are many online expat communities in China that have classified ads in English.

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    Obtain a number plate in order to register your motorcycle. Due to lower demand, the price of a Chinese motorcycle licence plate is not as high as it is for cars. However, depending on the area, number plates are 'auctioned' by the local government. The price of a number plate will thus vary region to region.

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