Yes, you can sell your used helmet through a garage sale or an e-commerce website. Selling your used helmet can be possible as long as it meets the required safety standards.
How Do You Sell a Used Motorcycle Helmet?
Maybe you recently sold your bike or got a new helmet as a gift, and you want to sell the barely scratched helmet you were using. Whatever the reason is, before selling your used helmet make sure that your helmet meets all the safety standards and is not worn out.
Here are some steps to follow to sell your used motorcycle helmet.
Check for any damage
Before you try to sell your used helmet, check thoroughly if the helmet has any damage in the outer or inner shell. You don’t want to put someone at life risk getting your helmet, do you?
Place your helmet on a table and remove the headliner. Check for any visible cracks, scars, or wrecks. Knock the outer shell with your finger and check if there’s any significant crack or noise. Make sure that the EPS liner of your helmet is right in shape.
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Clean the helmet
Clean the helmet to make it look new and super shiny to potential customers. Also, washing the helmet will remove any odor.
First, remove the cheek pads, breath guard, visor from your helmet. Grab some shampoo. Take hair shampoo to clean the insides, as dish detergent might be a bit harsh for the interior. Rinse well to remove the excessive dust/dirt out.
Gently massage the lining with shampoo water. Rinse thoroughly and shake to remove excess water. To avoid water spots, pat dries the exterior and let it air dry.
Get the Paperwork
If you have the warranty or buying receipt stored, make it ready as your buyer might be interested in checking the buying date or claim the warranty later if there’s left any. Also, having the paperwork increases the buyer’s trust in the genuineness of the product.
Take good pictures
This is an important step as you can easily boost the price by 5-10%. We are visual, suggestible creatures, our mind draws what looks attractive. A set of quality pictures can get buyer’s attention easily.
Make sure to take spectacular pictures from a nice angle and with proper lighting. Try to take pictures with a mild, uncluttered background without any unnecessary items. Focus on the helmet precisely while taking shots, detail is very important for a picture.
Determine the price
As you’ve may hear, never make the first offer in a negotiation. But you have to list the price first, so why not put it a bit higher at the beginning? If you are not in a hurry to sell your helmet and don’t need immediate cash, list it at around 10-40% more than what you’d pay for it. But obviously, set the price less than a brand new one.
You can lower the price gradually if it remains unsold. It will only take a few minutes and clicks to change the price on all your listings, so there isn’t any need to fuss about getting it right on your first try. Just price it high first.
Create Online Listings
Create a default listing and copy-pasting it at a few e-commerce websites for free. Even though each site has its policies, image requirements, etc, but posting a default one in all is quick and painless.
Create listings on websites like Craiglist, eBay, eBid, and many other websites for free. It’s better to create listings on multiple websites as they don’t require anything, and you can delete them once you sell your item.
You can post a general zip code or area where you’re willing to show the helmet, but remember to not post your address on the listing. Double-check the grammar and spelling of the description section.
A garage or yard sale can always be an option to sell your good old yet unused items. You can display your helmet in the yard sale, even if you list it on the e-commerce websites as there are no restrictions.
Beware of Scams
Scams are obvious in the online world. Chances are around 10 and 50% of the messages you will receive are scams. However, as blatant they are, it’s nothing to worry about and easy to catch.
Just a little heads up here. The most common signs of scam offers are odd methods of payment, unnecessary/irrelevant, excessive information, offering payment over the requested amount.
Make the deal
Once you find the desired and trusted buyer who’s ready to either pay a deposit or the full amount, ask if they want to check the product first. If they like your helmet, sit down, check the payment, and sign the pertaining agreement together.
Cash, cashiers/bank checks, and wire transfer are safe methods of payment. Depending on the situation, it might be better to pass by the bank together to cash in the money.
Is It Illegal to Sell a Bike Helmet?
Vehicle Code section 21212 – Law section states, “A person shall not sell, or offer for sale, for use by an operator or passenger of a bicycle, nonmotorized scooter, skateboard, or in-line or roller skates any safety helmet that is not of a type meeting requirements established by this section.”
So, you can only resell a bike helmet only if it meets certain safety requirements. You should not sell a helmet with worn-out materials, non-compliant or damaged helmet as a roadworthy helmet.
How Often You Should Replace Your Helmet?
The Snell Memorial Foundation, which also certifies helmets for safety, states a firm five years. Also, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends replacing safety helmets in five to ten years.
Most manufacturers too recommend replacing helmets after five years. It is a very general approximation of the amount of wear that takes place over that amount of time. However, it depends on how well it is taken care of by the user.
Q: Do bike helmets expire?
Ans: There are a lot of elements used in the helmet that degrade over time, like foam and glue. The EPS liner may get damaged or corroded, body oils, sweat, and UV rays also take a toll on the material. So after five-six years, it is for sure compromised and not offering the intended level of protection.
Q: What to do with an old helmet?
Ans: Aside from reselling it, you may donate it to the emergency services. Recycling your helmet is also an option. You can decorate your interiors with your shiny stunning yet unused helmet as a showpiece.
Before you head out to sell your used motorcycle helmet, remember that someone’s safety is at stake if you provide a damaged product. Double-check for any damage or fault and beware of scams.