Repairing or refurbishing a scooter requires you to purchase the correct parts, even if you intend to ask a professional to install them. Scooter parts range from exterior body pieces to electronics and motorised parts in the engine, but do vary greatly in size and shape from scooter to scooter. You must research and choose the correct parts for your scooter in order for the parts to fit or work.
Identify the Scooter Part Name
The first step to purchasing the right parts for a scooter is to identify which parts you must purchase. Identify the exact name of the part you must replace according to your scooter's make and model. For example, the scooter might be missing an exterior part or might require the replacement of a motor part.
Choose a Scooter Part Brand
In many cases, more than a few brands offer the same part for your scooter. You can mostly decide between OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and aftermarket brands. OEM is the same brand as the scooter itself. Aftermarket brands are produced by any other brand than the scooter manufacturer and, often, do not have the same quality as OEM parts. However, aftermarket parts are sometimes cheaper, and sometimes better quality than the original. Choosing a brand allows you to sort through your options more easily.
Check the Scooter Part Number
Part numbers are the best way to ensure that the new part is the same as the old one. Manufacturers label many scooter parts with a parts number, although this is not always true. You can check the metal for stamped part numbers. If the scooter still has OEM parts, then you might find the part numbers in the user's manual or repair guide of your scooter. Once you have the part number, finding the replacement part is as easy as looking up that number. Some items, such as mufflers, seats, and handlebars, do not have part numbers.
Set a Budget for Scooter Parts
Taking a minute to set a budget before shopping for scooter parts can help you to save money, set priorities, and shop more carefully. If you know how much you want to spend on scooter parts, then you can more easily choose which brands and options to purchase. While many parts, especially electrical and motor parts, are expensive, you can prioritise what you need most if you are on a strict budget.