Key Takeaways:

  • You can sell a used electric bike in person or at an online store such as Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
  • When crafting an ad for the bike, use clear, succinct language and take plenty of good photos.
  • Keep the communications line open with potential buyers, but be aware that scammers are out there.

Selling a used electric bike can help you recoup some money if you are saving up to buy the latest and greatest eBike model.

Selling Pre-Owned Electric Bikes Explained

There are a number of ways to sell a pre-owned electric bike. The most common method is to use an online platform such as Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist. You can also post an ad on Reddit and a variety of electric bike message groups.

How to Sell a Used eBike

Here are a number of tips and guidelines to help you craft the most successful online posting, so you can get your electric bike as quickly and easily as possible.

Be Clear With the Listing

Always be sure to make the ad listing as clear and succinct as possible. Take care to detail every feature available with your electric bike, how long you have owned it, and how far you have used it during rides. Be sure to accentuate the bike’s positive qualities to drum up interest. You should also be honest about any faults or issues the eBike may be experiencing, as that will save time on both ends of the potential sale.

Tip: Always be sure to make the ad listing as clear and succinct as possible

Warning: You should also be honest about any faults or issues the eBike may be experiencing, as that will save time on both ends of the potential sale

Take Clear Photos and Video

When crafting an ad for an online marketplace, take your time to snap high-quality photos of the electric bike. Try to take these photos during daylight hours and while outside, as that will allow details to be easily seen by the buyer. Be sure to take photos that accentuate the bike’s many features. In other words, if you have a folding eBike, take photos of it in both folding positions. Additionally, you may want to use your phone to shoot some video of the bike in action, so would-be purchasers can know with certainty that the item functions properly.

Tip: Be sure to take photos that accentuate the bike’s many features

Warning: Additionally, you may want to use your phone to shoot some video of the bike in action, so would-be purchasers can know with certainty that the item functions properly

Keep Communication Lines Open

If a potential buyer contacts you regarding the electric bike ad, be sure to respond promptly, clearly, and in an easy-going manner. You may want to instigate a telephone conversation, so both parties can be certain neither is attempting some kind of a scam. Be wary of anyone that seems fishy, such as offering to pay with a digital check remotely with the bike to be picked up in the future. These are often scams and should be avoided at all costs. Accept payment in cash or by using a reputable online transfer app, such as Venmo.

Warning: e wary of anyone that seems fishy, such as offering to pay with a digital check remotely with the bike to be picked up in the future

Tip: Accept payment in cash or by using a reputable online transfer app, such as Venmo

STAT:

E-bikes are predicted to grow from 3.7 million bikes sold in 2019 to 17 million in 2030. The e-bike market in 2020 is already up by 23% year on year, and on the current trajectory, there will be 10 million e-bikes sold per year as early as 2024. (Source)

Sources:

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5DErF3QB4I

https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/electric-bike-market-110827400.html

https://www.statista.com/statistics/674381/size-global-market-electric-bicycles/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_electric_bicycle_brands_and_manufacturers

How to Sell a Used eBike FAQ

Who can benefit from electric bikes?

Just about anyone can benefit from electric bikes, as they offer the physical benefits of a traditional bicycle with some assistance via the built-in motor.

What is an e-bike?

An eBike, or electric bike, is a bicycle with a built-in motor and electric battery for powering that motor. These bikes offer multiple levels of pedal assistance and, in some cases, a throttle mechanism.

What electric bike is best for your lifestyle?

This depends on what you normally do in a day. If you commute to and from work, you may want an electric bike that is built for flat roads. If you like to explore, you may prefer a mountain bike.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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