We can help you sell a used recumbent. We will photograph and inspect your bike, post it on the online market, fend off the scammers, take credit card payment, and pack and ship your bike. We support the buyer after the sale, but we also watch out for their interest during the sale. You do no real work and have no real worries.
You must do the following:
- Bring us your bike for photographing and inspection. The bike must be rideable for this. If it is not rideable then bring it and drop it off for the necessary service to get it rideable. (We will charge you for this service, but it usually doesn’t take much to get a bike to be rideable. If it just needs the tires pumped up then you can use our pump.)
- Store the bike during the selling period. We will not take the bike off of your hands. You are responsible for keeping it in good shape while it is waiting for a buyer. We ask that you do not post the bike on the local market while we are helping to sell the bike. If the bike is damaged during this time then the whole sale will be re-negotiated. Please be careful in how you transport your bike. Always strap down a bike in a pickup truck bed.
- Bring it back to us once we have secured a buyer. Then you collect your check from us and go.
You set the selling price and have full control of it during the selling process. We can offer guidelines on how to price your bike, based on our experience. The more you ask, then the longer you will be holding onto it.
If you want cash for your bike, then we will collect a commission. This commission will be determined by A Different Bent, between 30% – 40% of the selling price (you determine the selling price but we determine the commission), based wholly on the condition of the bike. “Like new” bikes will need only a 30% commission. Ones that are in poor shape will require a higher commission since there will be more work in making them presentable to the customer and greater risk to us of something being wrong with it that is not readily detectable. This commission will be set at the time the bike is photographed. Our minimum commission is $200, so if you are selling the bike at $600 or less then this may result in a higher commission.
If you are selling your bike in the interest of upgrading, we can offer the whole selling price in store credit. We don’t take any commission if you are taking payment in store credit.
We can buy a bike from you outright if you are in a big hurry, but we will only do this with people that we know, like regular customers or people to whom we sold the bike originally. You will probably not be pleased with what we offer you unless you are desperate, which is why we recommend our selling it on commission. Figure on something like 20% of the retail price.