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buying used motorbike from dealer, MFK

I'm looking at buying a used motorbike from one of the authorized BMW Motorrad dealers and I have some questions

The bike's factory warranty has already elapsed but the dealer offers a short warranty after purchase and at extra cost, a factory warranty extension from Motorrad.

- should I get the TCS pre-purchase inspection, or does the warranty make it unnecessary?

- is a dealer under any legal obligation to ensure it passes the MFK / MOT test or to have the test done for me?

- as the dealer is in another canton, will there be a requirement for an MFK when it is brought to canton Zurich and registered here?
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Re: buying used motorbike from dealer, MFK

1. If you are unsure and not able to asses the current condition of the vehicle yourself a independent third party is a good idea. I do not know how good TCS is regarding motorcycles.

2. This is up to you and the seller. But normal understanding is that a vehicle is roadworthy (that what MFK is about) at time of sale unless specifically noted. Note, that a vehicle may be no longer roadworthy after a few days of use.

3. For any canton:

If the vehicle is less than 10 years old the normal control periods apply, which are 5, 3, 2 years. For example if the vehicle is 4 years old you will get an invitation for the MFK in the next 1 or two years (chances to actually get such a letter depends on canton, workload, and other unknown circumstances). If the vehicle is 6 years old and has never been checked expect and invite soon after registering (chances to actually get such a letter depends on canton, workload, and other unknown circumstances).

If the vehicle is more than 10 years old and the time since the last MFK has been more than 2 years ago expect and invited for the MFK soon after registering the vehicle (chances to actually get such a letter depends on canton, workload, and other unknown circumstances). If it is less than two years ago you are good until the 2 year period is up and you will get an MFKS invitation (chances to actually get such a letter depends on canton, workload, and other unknown circumstances).

MFK does not expire, it is by invitation (chances to actually get such a letter depends on canton, workload, and other unknown circumstances). But you are free to schedule an appointment for an MFK at any time you wish.
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Re: buying used motorbike from dealer, MFK

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1. If you are unsure and not able to asses the current condition of the vehicle yourself a independent third party is a good idea. I do not know how good TCS is regarding motorcycles.
Can anybody recommend any other services for testing used motorbikes? To help people searching online on this topic, could anybody suggest the names of these services in each of the Swiss languages?

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2. This is up to you and the seller. But normal understanding is that a vehicle is roadworthy (that what MFK is about) at time of sale unless specifically noted. Note, that a vehicle may be no longer roadworthy after a few days of use.
In this regard, are dealers under a stronger obligation than private sellers to ensure a vehicle is roadworthy and MFK ready?

I noticed some chips in the paintwork, for example, that don't have any immediate impact on the safety of the bike but if it rusts underneath it could be unsafe in future.
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Re: buying used motorbike from dealer, MFK

If you really are worried about such minor details as a few scratches on the petrol tank, maybe you would be best buying a new bike ?
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If you really are worried about such minor details as a few scratches on the petrol tank, maybe you would be best buying a new bike ?
I wouldn't worry about a superficial scratch on the surface.

In this case, the scratches are on an edge, the paint is actually chipped away to reveal the metal underneath. It is probably less than a millimeter thick, but it is visible nonetheless. It looks fine right now but after another winter maybe there will be rust and if that is going to mean an instant fail for MFK, I'd rather know that now. Maybe I or the seller can correct it before it gets worse.
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