Tips for Buying a Motorcycle Out of State

Long gone are the old days when you would just go down to the local San Antonio, TX motorcycle dealerships and pick one out. The internet has widened our options considerably, and there’s a good chance that your next bike will be found with just a swipe of your finger. But what happens when you find a great motorcycle in a different state? The good news is that you can purchase it legally and still get it registered in Texas, but you’ll need to make sure you’re doing everything right.

Follow these tips from the experts at Versatile Insurance Planners to make the whole process a breeze!

Do Your Research and Ask Questions

Legitimate sellers will be happy to provide you with as much information as possible and answer all your questions. If you’re buying a used motorcycle, you should always be able to get its full history. 

Don’t Buy the Motorcycle without Seeing It

As internet motorcycle sales have risen, so have scams. Even if the seller seems reputable, never make the purchase without going to see the motorcycle in person. If you’re unable to do so, have someone you trust go look at it for you. If you simply must buy from an online-only marketplace, make sure it is one specifically meant for vehicle sale (i.e. not Craigslist) and is BBB certified. 

Plan for Legal Transportation

Many people choose to have their motorcycle shipped to Texas so they don’t have to register it anywhere else first (you can find reputable motorcycle shippers on Chopper Exchange). If you plan to ride it all the way back to San Antonio, TX, then you will need temporary registration in the state it is purchased in. Call their state DMV ahead of time and bring all the necessary documents with you. You will later be able to register it fully in Texas. 

Talk with Your Insurance Agent Ahead of Time

Every situation is different, and it is important to make sure you’re not heading out on the road without proper protection. Give us a call at Versatile Insurance Planners today to learn more about your motorcycle insurance coverage options both during transportation to Texas and after you get the bike registered here. Don’t let your new purchase go to waste with a lack of good coverage!