Where and how to sell your motorcycle in Vietnam

So you and your motorcycle had a great time but your trip is getting closer and closer to its end. At this moment you for sure have a strong relationship with your motorcycle. She has taken you wherever you wanted (even though it might have demanded couple of repairs first) and you got used to that routine of getting on your bike in the morning, starting the engine and hitting the road.

I must say that for me, selling my motorcycle in Vietnam was probably the most ambivalent feeling ever. I was sad the trip was over and that I was loosing that freedom only a motorcycle gives you. But at the same time, I got so happy that I actually sold that old rusty motorcycle and got most of my money back. So what are your options?

Basically, you can:

A) Sell your motorcycle to a fellow traveller
B) Sell your motorcycle to a local mechanic

While you can try to sell your motorcycle to a local mechanic anywhere in Vietnam, you will for sure loose a lot of money. For this reason, let’s do your best to sell your motorcycle to another traveller.

It is wise to post the ad a week before you arrive to the destination. Post it to Craigslist (https://vietnam.craigslist.org/search/mca?lang=en&cc=us) and Facebook groups to target the most people:

All-Vietnam Groups
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vietnambackpackersales
https://www.facebook.com/groups/882003845187734
https://www.facebook.com/groups/350783411791258

Hanoi Groups
https://www.facebook.com/groups/554872808019457
https://www.facebook.com/groups/990865090999523

 

Make sure that you have enough time in your destination to sell the motorcycle. Believe me, you really don’t want to sell it at all cost thirty minutes before leaving to the airport. That’s a stressful situations you do not want to go through. While selling your motorcycle in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is usually a matter of hours or days, selling your motorcycle in central Vietnam (Hue, Da Nang or Hoi An) can take more than a week.

Once you meet the potential buyer, show them the motorcycle and let them test ride it. Also, do not try to earn money on the motorcycle − you are selling it to a fellow traveller and it is fair to keep the price reasonable.