Greetings to all, this is the first installment of topics concerning the Powersports industry. This article is in response to articles we have read out there concerning used motorcycle parts. My family owned and operated a motorcycle shop for over 10 years. We were and independent shop and sold almost every brand out there. We also go into the salvage side of the business and purchase damaged bikes from insurance companies and sold off remaining undamaged parts on the vehicles.
This industry boomed for the past 5 years and as most enthusiasts know you now have TV shows on customizing, building your own bikes, and even restoring them. Now the feature concerning our article today is the used parts aspect of the industry. Now almost everyone knows the terms bone-yards, junk-yards, salvage yards, etc. And when we here these almost everyone thinks of the automotive industry. This parts recycling business has been around since the productions of vehicles. The Powersports industry however never had a prominent foot hold in this aspect of the industry, until now.
I would like to refer to a ground breaking company bringing these hard to find motorcycle salvage yards together to one meeting place and show in real time what parts they have in stock. (We have referring links to these sites below.) The company is called Salvage Dealer Link. They are an Internet based software company that stores all subscribing dealer’s data in the system by original part number. The ingenious software used an interchange system to tell you the consumer which dealers have the parts in stock, how much they are asking for the part, how far they dealer is from you, and even let’s you know if a dealer has the part you need, even if it’s off a totally different bikes. Wow, that a lot of service the offer you in one simple search. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
But today we are focusing on the used parts feature they offer, and how these parts are handled. Dealers enter these parts with a point click selection method to keep consistency in the database. And in return they made it just as simple to search for the parts. You simple select year, make, model and then select the part you are looking for. You don’t have to worry about misspelling or not finding the part because you are searching with different terminology than the dealers. And just to top of the searching experience, all data is real time, no more filing out a parts request form that gets sent who knows where and waiting days or even long for a reply. If a dealer has it, you see it instantly. And best of all, if many dealers have it, you can compare pricing, condition, age of parts and even find the closest dealer to you. They will also be launching version 2.0 in a few weeks and individuals like yourself will be able to open a free account to track your favorite searches and keep an eye out for those hard to find parts.