How to Take Basic Powersport Photos

1. Front/Rear Full View

Stand directly in front of the vehicle and position the camera parallel to the front headlight or taillight. Capture the full view of the vehicle and eliminate as much of the background as possible. For the best angle, you may need to squat depending on the size of the vehicle. The following photos are required:

a. Front Full View

b. Rear Full View

2. Right Side/Left Side Full View

Take several steps away from the side of the vehicle. Center the frame of the photo to capture the entire vehicle straight on in one shot. Eliminate as much of the background as possible. The following photos are required:

a. Right Side Full View

b. Left Side Full View

3. Tires or Tracks

You will be taking photos of each tire/wheel or track. Be sure to include the full tire/wheel or track. Repeat for each tire/track and take the following photos:

a. Right Side Front Tire/Track

b. Left Side Front Tire/Track

c. Right Side Rear Tire/Track

d. Left Side Rear Tire/Track

e. 3rd Right Side tire (if applicable)

f. 3rd Left Side tire (if applicable)

4. Engine

Take a full view of each side of the engine. Include views from the top of the engine if the sides of the engine are not visible.

a. Right Side of Engine

b. Left Side of Engine

5. Handlebars/Steering Column

Take a close photo showing the full handlebars or steering column on the equipment.

6. Interior/Seating Area

Take a full view of the interior from each side, or from the front and the rear of the equipment (depends on the equipment).

7. Odometer/Hour Meter

Ask the owner or onsite contact to start, or turn on, the equipment so the odometer/hour meter numbers are visible. Locate the odometer or hour meter on the equipment and take a straight on photo of the odometer.

8. VIN/Serial Number

Locate the manufacturer sticker on the equipment. Position the camera directly in front of the sticker. Zoom in toward the printed text and eliminate unwanted background images. For best results, you may need to take 2-3 extra photos. Be sure to check your photos before you leave the site to verify that all numbers are visible.

9. Damage 

Inspect the exterior and seat of the vehicle. Specifically look for dents, scratches, or any signs of an accident. Zoom in toward the location of the damage on the equipment and take a straight on shot. Eliminate any glare from the sun as well as unwanted background images. Be sure to note any damage in the 'comments section' of the report. Provide approximate measurements and a description of the location of the damage on the vehicle.

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