Which One Should You Choose: New Or Second-Hand E-Bikes?
Electric bikes are taking the world by storm. Eco-friendly, health-friendly, pocket-friendly, and time-friendly, these seem to be the transportation of the future. Yet, many remain sceptical of these bikes and would prefer to convert their regular bikes or buy second hand electric bikes before investing in a new one and for good reasons.
According to UK law, one needs to be 14 or above to ride an e-bike. These bikes can be driven everywhere a regular cycle is allowed and does not need a license unless the motor is more powerful than 250W, or if it assists you when you’re riding more than 15.5 mph. In such cases, it will need to be registered, insured and taxed as a motor vehicle for which you will also a driving license, a motorcycle helmet. However, most people prefer to avoid all these problems by going for a bike with a motorless powerful than 250W.
However, the question remains, should one buy a second-hand electric bike or a new one? One cannot start this conversation without stating that the e-bike is a new phenomenon, so the market for second-hand e-bikes is not exactly saturated or brimming with products. Moreover, if one wants to save money, it would make more sense to convert a regular bicycle into an electric bike rather than buy a second-hand one or a new one. This has many benefits such as a conversion kit whose electric parts can be separated from the bike; it is something one can do at home at a very lost cost, and so on. However, if one does not own a normal bicycle, something that is a rarity in the UK, one can look at a second-hand electric bike. However, would that be wiser than buying a new bike?
Well, for one, a second-hand vehicle of any type, despite been broken into has already seen some mileage and might not work as well as a new one. Furthermore, the prices between the two aren’t that different, so one isn’t saving much by buying a minimally used bike compared to a new one. Plus, the motor of a second-hand bicycle requires more repair than that of a new one, which depending on the store one buys from might come with some free repairs if it’s a new e-bike one is investing in. For first time, bikes, a new bike might have safety features too.
However, it depends mostly on the buyer and the place where they are buying from. A minimally used, well-priced second-hand electric bike in good shape and one that comes with manuals is perhaps most cost-effective than a new one, except if the new one has safety features or free repairs thrown in. It is more dependent on the deal one is getting than anything else.