Appraising The Motorcycle. Presented By Richard Potiker. Appraising The Motorcycle. The Facts The Motorcycle First Contact The Location The Inspection The Shop Estimate The Appraisal Used & Aftermarket Parts Salvage The Future of Motorcycles Questions. Appraising The Motorcycle.
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Presented By Richard Potiker
The U.S. motorcycle market is worth $14.6 billion and is expected to reach $15 billion by 2011. (1)
U.S. Motorcycle Sales 2009
-----------------------------------Dual Sport 26,257
Off Road 105,103
Street Bikes 357,691
American Eagle Motorcycle Co
American Iron Horse Motorcycle Company
Arlen Ness Enterprises
Big Dog Motorcycles - Big Mikes Choppers
Boss Hoss Motorcycles
Bourget\'s Bike Works
BSA-Regal Group Ltd
Buell Motorcycle Company
California Custom Cycles
Carefree Custom Cycles
Chongqing Union China
Confederate Motor Company
Cyril Huze Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
DiMora Custom Bikes
Ducati North America
Hannigan Motorsports Harley Davidson
Honda Motorcycles USA
Husaberg Motor - Sweden
Indian Motorcycle Co.
JAWA Divisov - Junior Motorcycle
Las Vegas Trikes, Home of the Custom v8 Powered Trike
Orange County Choppers
Ridley Motorcycle Company
Ron Simms Custom Cycles
Surgical-Steeds - Suzuki
Thunderbolt Enterprises Thunderrod V8 Wide Ride Custom Motorcycles
Vento Motorcycles, USA
Warlord Custom Cycles
West Coast Choppers
Wild West Motor Company
KTM 2%BMW 1%Triumph 1%Ducati 1%
All Others 1%
The top 5 make up 94% Of all Motorcycle Sales in US
A few minutes on the phone setting the bike up for a proper inspection can save a lot of time in the field
Will it roll?
Is it leaking fluids?
Is the any damage not caused by the crash?
Are there any parts not with the bike?
Will the bike run?
Has the bike been ridden since the crash?
Is the bike stock?
Did dealer install aftermarket parts?
Do you have a copy of the receipt for the added parts?
Has the bike been repainted?
Do you have an estimate?
Who will be doing the repairs?
Would you allow the bike to be picked-up by that shop?
Did the shop inspect the bike or is the estimate based on your description of the damages?
Bikers love their bikes
and keep them
in the strangest
The motorcycle must be in a place where a proper inspection can be performed
If it has one, put the motorcycle on the center stand
Most sport bike owners have a stand for their bike.
1) Secure the key and insert in ignition
2) Locate and record the VIN number
3) Record all of the vitals
4) Take 4 photo corner reference shots
5) Start at the front of the bike and work your way back
6) Photo each damaged part as it is noted
7) Turn handle bars to full lock left & right
8) Inspect for broken stops
9) Spin front and rear wheel
10) Inspect wheel and tire for damage
11) Inspect front forks for damage
12) Inspect frame for damage
13) Inspect rear swing arm for damage.
14) If an estimate has been completed request a copy to review at the bike.
15) If at the shop review estimate with estimator
16) Discuss unrelated damage and wear and tear.
17) Discuss supplemental procedure with service writer and staple your card to the work order.
18 Make a follow-up call once a week until repairs are completed.
If you handle motorcycle appraisals exactly as you do auto appraisals you will loose control of the process.
Things are changing when it comes to motorcycle frames
Most if not all shop estimates do not itemize labor. They always give themselves a cushion as over 90% of their work is customer pay or warrantee
Total labor is not based on flat rate.
Overlap is not considered.
Labor based on estimators best guess for maximum hours possible.
Estimate charge is included in estimate total.
No parts discount considered.
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