MyMotorCycleCheck – the UK’s No.1 motorbike and scooter provenance website – has saved tens of thousands of people from making an expensive two-wheeled mistake. In these monthly bulletins its Valuation Team’s expert, Rob Hobson, outlines the most significant trends in the UK market.

Mr Hobson commented: “At this time of year the whole two wheel market is at the mercy of the weather. In the not so distant past it was normal for owners to put their bike away for winter, removing the battery and laying it up until March. A combination of improvements in reliability and advanced technical clothing protecting us from the elements means great biking days can now be had in December as much as the middle of August.

“With this in mind it is not so surprising that many bike dealers reported pleasantly buoyant levels of business through December, over the Christmas holiday period and into the New Year. However, the blizzards across the country in January certainly deterred buyers from venturing out. It was also a real shame that the Motorcycle Expo event at the NEC coincided with the heaviest snowfall.

“There is some evidence that showroom ticket prices have increased slightly over the last couple of months, and low mileage used bikes in prime condition are still in relatively short supply. Overall, there is concern that stock availability is going to be tight as we move towards summer. We have consequently firmed up values across the board this month.

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Over the last couple of years,, and MyTextCheck delivered around 4.5m consumer checks including those via AutoExpress and WhatCar?. Parent company CDL performs over 2m vehicle data checks a week for companies including CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover and Tesco Compare.

It uses up-to-the-minute information from the Police National Computer (PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB.

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