Trying to fix a broken motorcycle or scooter can be tricky and frustrating unless you are a professional mechanic. It can also be costly to buy new parts for your bike, as well as taking away your riding time. But fortunately, you don’t need to be an expert to figure out how to obtain these specialty parts.
In this article, I am going to show you how to use the Internet to speed up the process of finding and purchasing used motorcycle and scooter parts.
First, you will need to identify the part that you need to replace. You will need the “Owner’s and Service Manual,” and a keen eye to identify which motorcycle or scooter part needs to be replaced. If you do not have access to the manual, most are available online if you search for your bike model and year. Once you have found which part needs to be replaced, make a note of the part number (it should be a series of numbers and/or letters.)
Second, you will need to figure out whether you want to find a used or new part. The advantage of used parts is that they are cheaper, but they seldom come with a warranty. With electrical parts, they will definitely not have a warranty as they can easily be destroyed if they are improperly installed. (Make sure you ask a garage for a 30 day warranty on any parts installed. Most will comply.)
Third, check to see what condition the part is in They could come in the following conditions, rated from best to worst options: –
�The best “used” parts are actually factory overstock and returned but unopened goods, called “New Old Stock.” You’re getting a good deal on a part that is brand new but being sold at used prices.
�”Like New” parts have been used on another bike but are mechanically sound.
�”Paintable” parts have some dings, scratches or appearance flaws but are mechanically sound. Some of these parts may need minor physical repairs before they are functional.
�”Parts Only” parts are not working in their current condition, but are a very low cost option that will allow you to disassemble and combine with other parts. This is best for the mechanically inclined.
Fourth, you will take all of the information you have acquired thus far and put it to use! Log onto the internet and search your part number. You can add in keyword search terms like “used,” and the condition type such as “Like New,” to get a list of results. Compare prices across sites and find the best one. Make sure you factor in shipping costs, as some websites make their money by offering you a great deal on a motorcycle or scooter part, only to inflate their shipping cost when you check out.