All You Need To Know About Buying A Motorcycle Out Of State


Finding your ideal bike might be a bit confusing. As such, you might need to consider buying a motorcycle out of state - especially if the exact version you want isn't available in your state.

To help you along this process, consider the advice below. It will go a long way in providing you with actionable tips so that you end up getting the bike you want - even if it is beyond the borders of your state. Read on to find out more:


Legal Regulations About Buying A Motorcycle Out Of State


There are many options available to anyone looking to invest in a motorcycle. For starters, you might want to get the bike out or an actual store. Alternatively, you have the choice of buying a used motorbike from a previous owner.

Irrespective of what you decide, you don't always have to purchase the bike from your state. However, this might be the ideal route because:

  • You won't have to travel too far to get the motorcycle
  • There will be less paperwork to deal with especially when you need to transfer the bike's title to your name
  • You will be able to ride the bike home with no problems to worry about

Still, there are times when you absolutely must go out of state to land your ideal motorcycle. In these cases, you should consider the following legalities involved in such transactions:

1. The Title


The first step, of course, would be to get the bike's owner to transfer the title in your name. The great thing here is that the title process tends to be very similar both for used and for new motorcycles.

To make this happen, you should submit all of the documents that are required. These include:

  • Your application form
  • The proof of ownership
  • The proof of purchase price
  • Proof of taxes paid

2. Inspection

In the same way, you'll need to get the out of state motorbike inspected. By so doing, you will ensure that it can be used on local roads with no problems. Depending on your state, you might also have to submit a couple of additional documents to make the inspection process move along smoothly.

3. Fees

Depending on where you live, the fees payable on a bike bought out of state might not be that high. That said, you should keep in mind that you never have to pay taxes in the state where you sources your motorcycle from. Some buyers tend to make this mistake - meaning that they ultimately have to pay taxes on the bike twice.

4. Insurance

Last but not least, you should insure your out-of-state motorcycle. It is highly recommended that you do this at least 30 days after you bought it.

Advice On Buying A Motorcycle Out Of State


In the following section, you will find a couple of tips that can help you purchase the perfect motorcycle out of state:

1. The Seller

Start by evaluating the vendor. It is always safer to buy from established websites or licensed dealers than from individual sellers. This is because most of these retailers have policies that will protect you if the bike doesn't meet your standards. The retailers are also likely to provide recourse in case there are disputes after you make the purchase.

While shopping for a bike online, read the feedback posted on the seller's profile. The profile should boast a minimum of 90% positive comments. If possible, only buy from vendors with a high volume of sales.

2. The Motorcycle


Secondly, you should know about factors to consider and evaluate the bike before you buy it. Start by educating yourself on the particular model you are interested in. Remember, the better informed you are about a product, the easier it will be for you to ask all the right questions and identify any issues the bike might have.

To make the evaluation even easier, ask for pictures of the motorbike. Inform the seller that you need a couple of close-ups and additional shots of particular parts. Then, check the bike's VIN on an online service (such as or to understand its history better.

3. Payment

A direct bank-to-bank transfer is the most secure and fastest way to make the large out-of-state payment for the bike you are interested in. Alternatively, you can also pay via Escrow - although most sellers might ask that you choose another option because of the payment delays and the common cases of escrow fraud.

Another option would be a cashier's check, but this also comes with delays as well as tons of paperwork to deal with.

4. Shipping


After landing the perfect motorcycle, getting it inspected, and paying for it, the last thing you will want is to get it damaged while it is en route. To ensure this does not happen, discuss the shipping methods and options with the seller to confirm that it will arrive safely.

The best shipping options include crating and direct hauls. Of course, you can also head over to the sellers and pick up the bike. However, this might prove hectic. This is especially so if you are tied up with work, or you don't want to take the risk of having to transverse so many miles to get back home.

Tips To Remember While Buying A Bike Out Of State


Consider the following additional tips while shopping for a motorcycle from out of state:

1. Get a Second Opinion

Even if you are an expert on bikes, you should get a second opinion from a similar-informed bike guru to ensure you make the right purchase decision.

2. Scrutinize

Go through the bike, checking everything from the bottom to the top. Ask the seller as many questions as you can - including about the number of services, the usage, the model, if it's been involved in an accident, and so on as so forth.

3. VIN

Ensure that the VIN on the motorcycle and the paperwork match. Then, check with the local police or with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to ensure that the bike wasn't stolen.

Concluding Thoughts

So, there you have it - the ultimate guide to buying a motorcycle out of state. Use the advice provided above to help you speed things along. Last but not least, after your bike arrives, get a skilled mechanic to give it a complete service. This is the only way you are going to ensure that your new ride is in its best working condition.

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    Peter Hanson

    Nothing can compare to the feeling of riding a motorcycle. The freedom on the ride is the greatest thing I have ever had in my life. As they said, I'd rather be a biker for a minute than a spectator for a lifetime. If you are also a biker, then we are friends. Let's talk about our motorcycles and rides.

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