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How to get rid of an old motorcycle

Updated February 21, 2017

Having an old, unwanted motorcycle around takes up a lot of space and can be an eyesore. Becaue motorcycles have a title of ownership, entire motorcycles and their parts usually aren't accepted for kerbside trash pickup, which leads some owners to dispose of their vehicles in the woods or other areas. If you would like to get your old motorcycle out of the way without harming the environment, you may want to consider selling your motorcycle, donating it to charity or disposing of it in a junk yard.

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  1. Gather the paperwork you need to sell the motorcycle. You will need your registration and pink slip. If you still have any paperwork from maintenance procedures, this could be helpful, too.

  2. Obtain a buyers/sellers declaration which you can obtain from your local department of licensing.

  3. Service your bike or take it to a service station and replace tires and other parts that are worn or broken. Especially make sure that your chain is in good condition.

  4. Wash and wax your bike so that it looks nice for potential buyers.

  5. Take a nice photo of your motorcycle so you can post it in your advertisement.

  6. Look up your motorcycle in a price guide so that you can set a fair price for it. Some useful guides are the Kelly Blue Book and NADA.

  7. Place an advertisement in your local paper, an auto monthly and/or online.

  8. Call or visit the website of a motorcycle donation charity of your choosing. The National Association of Police and Lay Charities, as well as Action Donation are two charities that accept motorcycles.

  9. Thoroughly complete a donation form and submit it to the charity.

  10. Wait for the charity to reply to you by e-mail or phone. Follow their instructions for what to do next. You may be responsible for cleaning and servicing your motorcycle, or the charity might perform maintenance themselves.

  11. Arrange a pickup date at your convenience. Pickup is generally free. You will receive a tax receipt and IRS form after the motorcycle is sold.

  12. Search for a motorcycle junk yard near you. A list of reputable junk yards with websites is listed in the listed in the resources section of the Motorcycle Views website.

  13. Contact the junk yard or view their website to see their policy on accepting motorcycles.

  14. Wash and service your motorcycle. Many junk yards can pay you for motorcycle parts in good condition because they can resell them at a profit. You will get more money if your motorcycle looks clean and works well.

  15. Take your motorcycle to the junk yard, or wait for someone to pick it up, according to the specific junk yard's policy.

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About the Author

Christina Sloane

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.

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