Whether you own a new motorcycle or an old one, it is inevitable that you’ll need to buy replacement parts at some point. You can buy these parts from a variety of places but the easiest, most accessible and – if you know where to look – most cost effective solution is to do your motorcycle parts shopping online.
Let’s discuss some key points that you should consider to get the best bang for your buck when buying motorcycle parts.
Understand your needs
In order to get the right parts, you need to understand exactly what your ride needs. Is it the clutch that needs replacement or just the connecting cable? Does the battery need a change? Does the air filter need a replacement or the fuel filter or both? All these questions need to be answered before you start looking for buying options online.
If you are not very well versed with the technicalities of motorcycle parts, it is best to consult a mechanic. To choose the right fit, make sure that you are aware of the make and model of your bike while also ensuring that you select the right sized parts. An ill-fitting fastener or fixing could cause a lot of trouble down the line so it is best to be proactive while shopping.
OEM, Aftermarket or Used?
These are the three main types of motorcycle parts each with their pros and cons and knowing what suits your needs best is key.
- OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts, for example, are known for better quality and durability but they are also the most expensive ones in most cases and usually hard to find.
- When it comes to aftermarket motorcycle parts, they can be little tricky since they are manufactured by third parties so you need to be extra careful about their quality and durability. While in most cases these are less expensive than OEM parts and also more durable, in other cases it might not be so.
- Used motorcycle parts can be OEM or aftermarket and while they are the cheapest options, their reliability and durability are questionable.
Whatever type of parts you decide to go for, it is best to research about the vendor thoroughly to make sure they have a good reputation.
Choose the right online vendor
When deciding which online store or marketplace is best for your needs, it is usually best to ask for references and recommendations. If you are a part of a motorcycle club, online community or have other biker friends or family that regularly buy motorcycle parts online, it is best to ask for their personal endorsements. This will help you avoid bad vendors without going wasting your valuable time and money.
In case you are starting your search for motorcycle parts with a search on Google, it is likely that you will come across many eBay and Amazon vendors. While you can always look at their past sales history and reviews to ensure quality, the best is to go for vendors who have their own web presence and dedicated online shops. This will filter down your options to vendors that are serious about their business since they are making the added effort to provide exclusive customer support and a ‘personal’ touch to your motorcycle parts buying experience. Before making your purchase, check out their terms and conditions in detail and see if they offer any discount coupons, promotions and more importantly their returns policy and shipping options.
To sum up, if you know exactly what parts your motorcycle needs, what type of parts (OEM, aftermarket, used) you want to purchase, and do your due diligence in selecting an online motorcycle parts vendor, you are likely to save a lot of money compared to buying locally.