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How To Find Quality Used Motorcycle Parts

For many, having and maintaining a motorcycle is a labor of love. Because of this, owners may find themselves wary of utilizing used parts when rebuilding or simply fixing a motorcycle. Whether you are looking for used parts because the ones you need simply aren’t made anymore, or because you need to save a few dollars, it is very possible to find high quality used motorcycle parts. Although it may take a little more research and digging to find what you need, buying used parts is easier on both your pocket book and the environment. Following a few basic tips will help you find what you need and get back on the road in no time.

  1. Know exactly what you are looking for. It is possible that the part you need might be available from a slightly different brand or make. At the very least, you should have enough knowledge about the part you need in order to have informed discussions with whomever you inquire. Many online catalogs from dealers require you to know the part number in order to run a complete search. Research the part online and make queries on chat room boards if you are unsure.
  2. Make inquiries at your local bike shop. Professionals who work on motorcycles year round are likely to have a line on used parts dealers in the area or have a source online that they trust and use.
  3. Check reputable salvage yards. Good, working parts are generally set aside to be sold at a discounted cost. Although the salvage yard may not have exactly what you need initially, you can usually leave a request to be called if a particular part comes through. This method works best when you have leisure to find what you need, but can pay off by costing a fraction of the price.
  4. Check multiple sources online to get an idea of basic prices for the part you need, both new and used. Some older or vintage parts may be rare and are therefore more expensive, while those that are more common should cost you less than a new part. You will only know if you are getting a good deal if you are informed about the price range.
  5. Purchase from a dealer that offers a warranty when you can. It stands to reason that those selling clean, used parts should be willing to stand behind their product for at least a month. This should be enough time for you to install the part and make sure it is running correctly.
  6. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. When dealers are trying to shift used parts, they may very well rather make a deal with you than leave the part sitting on the shelf for another few months. Keep in mind that the more rare the part, the less likely you are to get a deal.
  7. Place inquiries in the relevant section of online sites such as ebay, craigslist or even more specific dealer sites. Be very specific about what you are looking for and add as much information as you can, such as year and part number. It may be that someone has exactly what you need, but hasn’t listed it.
  8. Be extra cautious if you plan to purchase a part from an individual seller. Do not buy from anyone who is unwilling to answer your questions or send additional pictures. Although there are many parts out there for sale that are sold by reputable sellers, it is still best to make sure you have as much detail as possible as well as double checking seller ratings when they are available.
  9. Use your judgment when you are quoted a price for used parts. If the seller offers you a price that is too good to be true and does not have a seller history of any kind, you may be purchasing stolen parts from a “chop shop” and therefore indirectly encouraging theft.

 

With advances on the internet and the increased ability of dealers to offer their wares, finding used parts has never been simpler or more convenient. Both luck and patience may be required to find what you need, but in the end, a little extra legwork may save you a lot of money. For more information on used motorcycle parts, contact us Cannibal Cycle.

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