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Buying Spare Parts for your Motorcycle

Has your motorcycle got spoilt recently or have you damaged it in an accident? It can sometime be a pain to source parts especially if the motorcycle is of an older or discontinued model. Sometimes even though one hasn’t damaged his motorcycle, it is a good idea to be prepared in advance with the basics. This can either be buying spare lights, tyre, horn, spark plug, etc in advance from the motorcycle company or by buying from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or lastly buying second hand from your trustworthy neighborhood mechanic or garage.
Nowadays in India with so many new automobile companies coming into India especially ones which manufacture motorcycles and scooters, a consumer is spoilt for choice. Gone are the days when Bajaj, Hero Honda, Yezdi, etc ruled and Royal Enfield was the king. Now, the new generation want something stylish, sporty, powerful, etc and that’s where new entrants such as Honda, Yamaha, TVS, Piaggio, etc come in; however Royal Enfield still rules.
These companies are changing their models so quickly with a change in technology that before your vehicle can celebrate its first birthday, it is outdated. Therefore there is a need of having surplus spare parts in place before your beloved bike becomes obsolete. Rather than buying motorcycle spare parts second hand, it would be better to buy Hero Honda or Bajaj spare parts from original equipment manufacturers. These parts are of the same quality that you get from the motorcycle company however the only difference is that they are coming from the vendor to the company and that too at a fraction of the price the company charges.
Buying OEM parts will not just help you save money but sometimes can also improve longevity of your vehicle. However, it is imperative that you check whether these parts are original (yes, there are even fakes of originals available in the market!) and whether they are not damaged in any way. Also, it would be good idea to check with the retailer or wholesaler or mechanic whether you are buying the spare part, whether it is an ignition coil or a horn or a light; the warranty or guarantee that comes along with the part?
ECL India.. However as reiterated above, don’t forget to check whether the vendor is an authorized distributor or retailer and is allowed to sell the product on any channel whether online or offline. Sometimes, it would be a good idea to check the website of the motorcycle company as well to check the authenticity of their component vendors as most of the companies publish this information on their website.
When buying online, it is a must that you have the make, model and part number of the spare part available to you along with the make, model and year of manufacture in hand as sometimes this information is listed in the product description. Furthermore, as mentioned previously that motorcycle companies are changing their product offerings very quickly in line with surging demand for new products and technology, so sometimes it might be a better idea to pick up an extra set of spare parts for motorcycles just in case the company discontinues the particular model.