Accidental Damage and Other Primary Reasons for Scrapping Bikes
There are multiple companies that scrap bikes after buying them from their owners. These bikes come in different conditions – some are neglected by their possessors for years, while others are abandoned due to the non-availability of spare parts. Here are some other factors that force people to sell their bikes for scrapping:
- Accidental Damage: No one likes to see their dream bike getting destroyed, but accidents can happen and the probability cannot be eliminated no matter how careful one is. Accidents may damage a bike structurally or even disintegrate it into pieces. The bike may no longer be safe to drive on the road. There could also be a damaged part that is not in stock or unavailable in an area. This is especially true for bikes that are quite old and are no longer produced by their respective manufacturers, or those that have been imported from another country. Repairing a bike that has met an accidental damage may cost as much as getting a new bike, or it may not be feasible at all. A lack of insurance cover also dissuades the owner from spending money on the bike’s repair due to high costs involved. The only possibility left in such cases is scrapping the bike.
- Non-Starters: Besides accidental damage, nonstarter bikes are extensively scrapped, too. There could be several reasons for a non-starting bike. The motorcycle might have been left lying around and unridden for a long time, thus leading it to be faulty due to its neglected state. In some cases, despite the best services and analysis by the experts, some bikes could not be repaired and would no longer budge no matter how many ways are explored and tested.
- Ministry of Transport (MOT) Test Failure: There are multiple rules and regulations that a vehicle must meet in various aspects, including safety and emission. These are enforced by various road and transport ministries worldwide. Only vehicles that meet the criteria laid down by these authorities and pass the required tests are allowed on the road. An owner is required to get their vehicles tested once every few years. If the vehicle does not meet the requisite standard, it can no longer be driven on public roads and should ideally be scrapped as it will essentially be rendered useless. Along with accidental damage and nonstarters, MOT failure is one of the major reasons for the scrapping of bikes.
- Old Bikes: Old bikes figure prominently in the list of various vehicles that are sold to scrap dealers. A bike and its engine are designed to last a specific number of years. If a bike has outlived its age, there might be multiple issues, such as the lack of availability of spare parts, no service support by the company manufacturing the bike, or simply no reissue of registration certificate by the concerned authority. Hence, these bikes are scrapped.
Finally, if a person owns a bike that has suffered accidental damage or is a nonstarter, scrapping it is the best and most viable option available.