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Old 12-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to upgrade from my 2006 ninja 250, so I would like to sell it and put that money towards a ninja 650 or something.

My ninja 250 runs fine, but it could use a good carb cleaning, new breaks, chain, sprockets, spark plugs, and seat cover.

My question is, should I try and do all these repairs myself to make the bike more "attractive" to the possible buyer, or should I just sell it "as is" to save some time? I would of course let the buyer know of all these potential problems.

I do not have much mechanical experience, all of these repairs would be done by me watching youtube videos and reading online tutorials.

I wanted to get some advice before I start tearing that little 250 apart.

Thanks everyone!

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I bought it for $1600
Dealer offered me $1300
Bike has 16700 miles currently.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Carbs and spark plugs would be an easy and inexpensive fix. But brakes, chain, sprocket, and seat cover will cost some $$$. Your looking at upwards of $200 for those parts. Its an older gen 250 so if the dealer is going to give you $1300 cash, id say take the money.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Carbs and spark plugs would be an easy and inexpensive fix. But brakes, chain, sprocket, and seat cover will cost some $$$. Your looking at upwards of $200 for those parts. Its an older gen 250 so if the dealer is going to give you $1300 cash, id say take the money.
Yeah it worries me a little bit doing the carbs. I just hope I can remember where to plug all the tubes back in.

I guess my other question is, should I put it up online first to see if I can get something closer to $1500 or $1600. Would anyone ever buy a bike like this knowing the potential problems?

I would hate for something to go wrong later down the road for whoever I sold it to...
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that 300 difference the dealer is offering you is going to cost you the same amount if you fixed it up if not more
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I am looking to upgrade from my 2006 ninja 250, so I would like to sell it and put that money towards a ninja 650 or something.

My ninja 250 runs fine, but it could use a good carb cleaning, new breaks, chain, sprockets, spark plugs, and seat cover.

My question is, should I try and do all these repairs myself to make the bike more "attractive" to the possible buyer, or should I just sell it "as is" to save some time? I would of course let the buyer know of all these potential problems.

I do not have much mechanical experience, all of these repairs would be done by me watching youtube videos and reading online tutorials.

I wanted to get some advice before I start tearing that little 250 apart.

Thanks everyone!

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I bought it for $1600
Dealer offered me $1300
Bike has 16700 miles currently.
Take what the dealer's offering you; that's pretty good considering that that price is coming from a dealer. Changing those parts would add up quick.

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Yup, if you're selling to a dealer then take it. That's not that far off. Dealer will fix it up if they want and you don't have to worry about it. If you don't feel comfortable fixing it anyway or you don't want to spend your time doing it, how is it even a question?
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Take the deal. Don't risk opening up a can of worms or causing any damage. Good luck on the hunt for something new.
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It's the right choice. Take the dealer offer
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