Used motorcycles in Metro Manila
Motorcycles are the preferred transportation for many Filipinos because of three main reasons: firstly, they are easy to avail of and require fewer documents; secondly, they use less fuel when compared to other cars; and thirdly is their ability to maneuver through traffic-filled roads.
Metro Manila has one of the highest concentrations of motorcycles in the Philippines. While a large number of Metro Manila residents own a motorcycle, the volume of motorcycles in Metro Manila balloons during the daytime because workers from neighboring provinces use them to commute to their workplaces in the metro.
This trend is evident by the sheer volume of accidents involving motorcycles in Metro Manila which averages around 150,000 cases per year; the highest in the country.
Buying used motorcycles
There are a number of reasons why someone would buy a second hand motorcycle over a brand new one. One reason is that buyers want to get more value for their money even if this means purchasing a slightly lower quality used motorbike. Upgrading, maintaining and replacing the spare parts of secondhand motorcycles is also cheaper when compared to cars and other larger vehicles, making it possible to optimize used motorcycle units into “almost brand new” condition ones.
The following are some of the most sold motorcyle units in the country over the past five years: Honda Bravo, Yamaha Sniper, Honda XRM, Suzuki Raider, and Lifan LF. These models, which range between P40,000 to P70,000 are known for their low maintenance cost, durability and fuel efficiency.
Professional dealers vs private dealers
Most Filipinos prefer a well maintained second hand motorcycle than a brand new one for one reason: practicality. Filipinos always look to cut costs when making large purchases. One popular practice attributed to this behavior is the culture of “tawad”, or asking for discounts.
Private dealers often offer a quote for their used motorcycles. The prices of these vehicles are often negotiable with some dealers offering freebies such as motorcycle helmets and accessories to better promote their products.
One way of ensuring that the second hand motorcycle you are buying is well maintained and of good quality is to buy it from a professional motorcycle dealer. These dealers could also provide you with useful information about the units they are selling such as its overall condition, maintenance procedures, and its service history.