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‘Pre-reg­is­tered could be your route to huge savings’

Canny rid­ers could save £1000s on the price of a new bike by wait­ing un­til the off-sea­son to pur­chase it. It’s a funny time of year for the mo­tor­cy­cle in­dus­try. Af­ter the ex­cite­ment of see­ing all the up and com­ing metal at the ma­jor Euro­pean bike shows, deal­er­ships fall quiet as they await the ar­rival of fresh new mod­els in spring. But to en­tice hi­ber­nat­ing buy­ers out of their sea­sonal slum­ber, many deal­ers choose to pr­ereg­is­ter a se­lect num­ber of brand new bikes then sell them on at a greatly dis­counted rate. So if you’re in the mar­ket for a brand new bike but aren’t fussed about it hav­ing a bang-up-to­date reg­is­tra­tion plate, a pre-reg­is­tered one could be your route to huge savings.

Look­ing on mc­n­bikesfor­ re­veals some eye-open­ing dis­counts. We found a brand new, zero-mile, Du­cati 1299 Pani­gale S on a 65 plate (reg­is­tered some­time be­tween Septem­ber 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016) for just £19,250 – that’s a sav­ing of over £2000 for this piece of ex­ot­ica.

And it’s not just about sav­ing money,

pre-reg­is­ter­ing can of­ten al­low buy­ers to get hold of a brand new ver­sion of a dis­con­tin­ued model. In rare cases deal­ers may pre-reg­is­ter a bike and then fail to sell it. Hunts Mo­tor­cy­cles of Manch­ester have many for­got­ten gems hid­den away in the depths of their show­room. They cur­rently have a brand new, zero-mile, Honda CBR900RR-2 Fire­blade from 2002 for sale for £7500. But, as it’s in to­tally pris­tine con­di­tion, it’s ef­fec­tively been in a time warp for the past 15 years. Usu­ally when you buy a new bike it is reg­is­tered with the DVLA at the point of sale, and you will be listed as the first owner on the V5. Pre-reg­is­tered bikes are reg­is­tered by the deal­er­ship them­selves prior to the ve­hi­cle be­ing sold to an in­di­vid­ual owner, which means that the sub­se­quent buyer will be tech­ni­cally the bike’s sec­ond keeper. By pre-reg­is­ter­ing a bike, deal­er­ships can meet man­u­fac­turer-set sales tar­gets, earn­ing them­selves bonuses. A man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty typ­i­cally starts from the mo­ment it is reg­is­tered, mean­ing the re­main­der of the war­ranty bal­ance will be trans­ferred to you upon pur­chase. In the case of older pre­reg­is­tered new bikes whose war­ranties have ex­pired, many deal­ers will hon­our a full two-year war­ranty upon pur­chase.

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