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Buying a used e-bike


Buying a used electric bike can be a convenient way to score a bargain! It is recommended to buy used equipment from a reputable bike shop, instead of looking for a pre-owned or refurbished one online. That way, you’ll be able to ask the experts questions, go for a test ride and avoid unwanted surprises. When we purchase new e-bikes for our RideSmart rentals and self-guided tours, located in Maui Hawaii, we often make the majority of our used equipment available to our customers for purchase at super low prices. We thoroughly inspect each used e-bike to make sure all components are in good working condition. We also perform a comprehensive, deluxe e-bike tune-up before making any used e-bike available. Keep reading to find out if a used electric bike is right for you.


Who should buy a used e-bike?

Anyone! Used e-bikes are especially great for the first time e-bike purchaser, because they require a smaller investment and will give you a better idea of how you will use it. Since pre-owned inventory can be a bit unpredictable, they’re the best option for a more flexible buyer who is open to different makes and models.

What are the benefits of buying used?

The lower price point is one of the most appealing benefits of buying used. You may be able to get one for as little as half the cost of its original price tag. A used e-bike is also more eco-friendly! You’re extending the life of the e-bike by recycling, while also reducing waste associated with packaging and shipping to Hawaii.

What are the cons of buying used?

With a used e-bike, you may not be able to find the exact size, make, model and accessories that you are looking for. The manufacturer’s warranty may also no longer be valid, however, we are happy to offer our customers a 30-day warranty on all major components including the frame, wheels and motor.

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What should I consider before shopping for a used e-bike?

While it’s good to be a little flexible when shopping for used equipment, it’s also important to have a general idea of the type of e-bike you may want. What will you be using the e-bike for? How far will you be riding and what type of terrain will you be riding on? What features are must-haves? We’re happy to chat with you about your wants and needs and offer our recommendations.

Some factors you may want to consider when buying a used bike on Maui:

  • Is there dealer representation? Is the bike shop a licensed e-bike dealer and familiar with the brand and product? Look for reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp for customer feedback and insight.
  • Are certified bike mechanics part of the bike shop team. Has the bike been properly inspected? Has a tune-up been performed? Learn more about maintaining your e-bike here.
  • Test the e-bike! Practice stopping to get a feel for the brakes, ride on an incline to test its power going uphill, and test the traction and condition of the wheels.
  • Ask plenty of questions

Ready to purchase a used e-bike? Give us a call at 808-355-6336 for more information about what we have in stock, or fill out our contact form. Please keep in mind that inventory is limited and we cannot guarantee they will be available.