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Should I Buy Online or Offline?

When you’re looking to do a motorcycle or dirt bike repair, a common question is whether you should buy your parts at a local store, or online. Both can be good options, depending on exactly what you are looking for and how it fits into your schedule.

New or Used

Are you looking to buy new or used parts? Your local availability will determine whether or not you even can purchase parts within a reasonable distance from your house. If there are a variety of new and used motorcycle parts stores nearby, chances are you will be able to find the part that you need in the condition you want.

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Check Into Local Stores

If you already have a local store that you’re familiar with and comfortable with, visit them and see if they have the piece that you need. Especially if you are looking to buy a used dirt bike or motorcycle part, they may not have it in stock. This means that they will have to order it for you.

Time on Hand

If you have to wait for the weekend before doing the repair anyway, you may be better off just ordering the part online. One of the downsides of ordering the part online is that it has to be shipped, but if you can’t perform the repair immediately anyway, it’s not really a downside at all.

Do You Love to Shop?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t do somersaults over shopping, even when it’s for dirt bike-related stuff. I would much rather shop from my couch, in the comfort of my own home, without having to deal with the customer service of a bored 19-year-old. Shopping online for dirt bike or motorcycle parts is great if you know what you want and you don’t want to browse or deal with salespeople.

Paying the Price

Another benefit of online shopping is that you have seemingly unlimited options. Even if you live in a highly urban area, chances are there will only be one or two parts stores that actually have what you need in stock. Whether or not they have it for the price you’re willing to pay is a coin toss. When you shop online you have access to hundreds of dealers across the United States (or internationally), and you can look around to find the best deal.

Buying parts from a store or online each have their benefits and drawbacks. If you need to get the repair done today, that can only happen if you scout out the part at a nearby shop. If you can wait a few days and want to save a few bucks, you’re likely better off getting the part from an internet vendor.

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