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Motor Parts Daily Leads | Looking 4 Spares Motor Parts

Motor scrap yards and motor vehicle spares suppliers as well as scrap car dealers that have good value vehicle rebuilds and/or cars, bakkies, motorcycles and trucks being stripped for spares for sale that are not on our system, should be, in order to get to grips with the spares market of today !

Receiving our 'motor parts daily leads', which we send out in ‘real time’, will largely benefit your spares business as a whole. If you have diligent and professional sales staff attending to your business and the incoming parts leads that become live on our system, you will make profitable sales !

Incoming parts leads 'wanted' by potential clients looking for new, used or replacement spares go live as the call is taken and the request is entered into the system, these are motor parts wanted by buyers. Participating parts suppliers and motor scrapyards who have been allocated a unique ‘Log In Code’ and 'Password' can ‘log in’ to the live system 24/7 at any time, anywhere in the world and view the latest motor parts leads wanted in 'real time' on smart phones, tablets and PC. These parts leads wanted by private people, workshops and spares suppliers are sent out in batches of 50x leads per page. Anything from 350 to 600 quality leads per day can be expected, including motor vehicles for sale.

The Twelve Most Important Sales Tips

1.    ‘Sign Up 4 our 'Daily Parts Leads’ Get access to over 400 quality spares leads every day.

2.   You have nothing to lose but only something to gain. Adopt a positive mental attitude.

3.    See the parts leads as a 'new tool' to aquire 'new clients' that you never had before.

4.    If you have the spares wanted by a client contact him immediately, don't waste time.

5.    Be serious about the sales and any other business that may come from one simple call.

6.    Visualize the customer dealing with you, wanting to pay for your parts and services.

7.   Visualize the customer driving in his car to your business and asking for you.

8.    Visualize the customer walking through your door and meet him with a smile.

9.   Visualize the customer paying you for the spares and help him to his car.

10.   Know your products, be honest, be diligent - You will 'sign up new business'.

11.   Treat your company as a 'new start up business' and each day find something new.

12.   Use the L4S Safe Trade Account to close deals when trading at distance.

Share this age old sales technique with your sales staff and all staff members, teach them to use it and start accumulating good customers that are for keeps. Once customers have been to your shop chances are the will return. Hold onto them, keep in touch by sending mail shots of specials, new spares in stock etc.

The hardest part of sales is accepting 'NO' for an answer. Be polite and put them behind you, concentrate on the future, the next parts lead and always remain positive. Sales is a numbers game, it’s all about positive thinking and unleashing the power of the mind. Be honest and diligent with yourself and always treat the clients with the utmost respect, after all they are 'your business'. "It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages" Henry Ford.

No one said it would be easy! By harnessing these powers the customers and sales will begin to multiply! You need good sales staff that have a strong sales ability. They must picture, picture and picture again by visualizing the sale happening in the mind. By visualizing and practicing this powerful technique over and over will slowly change the way you and your staff think, work and behave towards people in general and better business practice will develop.(Napoleon Hill's - Think and Grow Rich).

PLEASE NOTE: Make use of the LOOKING 4 SPARES 'Safe Trade Account' when buying spares from out of town or from an unknown parts supplier. Part Suppliers and Scrap Yards - Use this account to your advantage when selling spares by giving your customers the upper hand. Offer them this alternative 'Safe Trade' method to pay which will help put their minds at ease to help close the deal. Direct them to our websites Safe Trade Acc 'Terms and Conditions'. The cost for using the Safe Trade Account can often be split between 'the buyer' and 'the supplier' of the goods.

Should you require any further information please contact our One-Call-Centre on 0861-777722 during office hours or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LOOKING 4 SPARES is a free parts locator service and always will be !

CLICK HERE for 'SAFE TRADE ACCOUNT' Terms and Conditions.

Superbike Parts | Sports Motorcycle Spares

If you are looking for new or used Superbike Parts or Sports Motorcycle Spares then look no further. LOOKING 4 SPARES is your one stop bikers motorbike parts locator service that links you to all bikes and bits scrap yards in South Africa. We have the largest selection of superbike and other motorcycle parts suppliers on one website www.looking4spares.co.za or you can contact our ‘1-Call-Centre’ on 0861-777722 for quick service and fast parts.

Whether you ride a Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki or any other make of bike you will be surprised at how efficient our service is that helps bikers find the parts that they are looking for easily with only one call or you can VISIT www.looking 4spares.co.za where you can complete an on-line parts request which is immediately sent out to all our parts suppliers and scrap yards nationwide. Whoever has the parts that you are looking for will contact you back with a quotation regarding the partys that you require. You deal directly with the suppliers. There is no middleman or broker regarding any sale or purchase.

Please make use of our safe trade account http://www.looking4spares.co.za/safe-trade-account when buying spares from an out of town supplier or unknown motor spares supplier. Read our terms and conditions to understand how the system works in favour of both parts supplier and parts buyer.

Looking 4 Spares is an independent company and cannot be held liable for any motorcycle or automotive parts bought or sold which are supplied or purchased incorrectly or not supplied at all due to reasons beyond our control.

Buying used auto or superbike spares requires the knowledge of a mechanically minded person and similarly, a well educated parts salesman to help the buyer and make the sale. It is however up to the purchaser of the goods to know what bike or car parts it is that he is buying before paying for any such parts. It is advisable that the buyer takes the sample part in question to the bike scrapyard or parts supplier and or a photograph or two of the spare part that you are looking for.

Should you require any advice when buying or selling motorcycle or auto spares do not hesitate to contact the Looking 4 Spares One-Call-Centre on 0861-777722 for expert advice.

LOOKING 4 SPARES It’s a free service and always will be !

CLICK HERE for all motorcycle parts


Road Accident Fund | MVA Injury Claim

A motorist and/or his passengers including any pedestrians who have been involved in a ‘motor vehicle accident’ (MVA), whereby the driver or the occupants of the vehicle and any third parties who have sustained injuries due to negligence or for any other valid reason, have the right to claim for compensation with the Road Accident Fund (RAF) of South Africa within 3 years of the accident.

Most people don’t know this and do not know how to go about claiming for their injuries. You as a motorist have every right to claim for injuries when involved in a motor vehicle accident where severe whiplash, which is a common injury to the neck, commonly sustained by motorists who are lucky enough to walk away from the accident scene with neck pain and concussion.

This type of injury may not seem traumatic at the time due to the shock and impact of the incident on a person and the victim often shrugs off the pain and stiffness experienced by taking sedatives and/or muscle relaxants such as Myprodol or Cataflam for a few days thereafter. The question is, are they doing themselves more damage than good by not consulting with a doctor and having the area of pain checked out ?

Most 'injuries' often go untreated for a number of reasons and above all, the lack of medical aid cover is problematic in many instances, therefore ‘knowledge is key’ in this arena. Anyone who is involved in a MVA has the right to claim for severe whiplash or any other severe injuries sustained as a result and this includes passengers and third parties. Provisions are also made by the (RAF) for and whereby a family 'breadwinner' has passed away as a result of a MVA, enabling the next of kin to lodge such a claim.

The South African Government makes provision for legitimate road accident claims that are filed through a specialist law firm or attorney. For every litre of petrol sold at petrol stations, a certain percentage is allocated to the RAF for such claims. It is the right of every motorist to have access to the RAF organizations funding when a severe injury is sustained in order for them to get the professional medical treatment that they deserve in order to verify the extent and nature of any such injury.

The RAF is bound to legal and medical practices and therefore any valid claim a motorist, passenger or pedestrian may have would need to be filed appropriately. Claims usually take between twelve to eighteen months to be finalized and are subject to RAF practices and litigation.

Should you be a RAF candidate who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, that meets the above criteria and you have reported the accident to the South African Police and you have a case number there should be NO reason why you cannot claim for the injuries that you have sustained and get 'paid out' for pain and suffering and/or loss of mobility in any way whatsoever.

A Claim expires after 3 years if not lodged and 2 years if it was a hit and run case. If the claimant is a minor, under the age of 18, the claim will expire 3 years after his/her 18th birthday.

If another attorney was appointed and has lodged a claim we still have a good chance to do a claim for you.

Don’t waste any more time ! CLICK HERE road-accident-fund-injury-claim-form and complete the claim form and you will be contacted back within 48 hours by the most prominent Attorney's in RAF law who will immediately start your claim process and fight for your compensation.

N.B. No upfront payment is required. There are NO hidden costs whatsoever. Your claim will be filed immediately.


BMW Nitrous Oxide Engine Conversion

The post 1997 BMW e39 540’s and early BMW X5 e53’s came fitted with the M62B44TU V8 engines, (TU) meaning, ‘technical upgrade’. The biggest mistake that BMW V8 enthusiasts make and a problem that everyone, thinking of doing a conversion encounters is, how to fit a VANOS engine to a non VANOS motor vehicle.

This is an extremely time consuming and costly undertaking, something we don’t take on as there are too many pitfalls such as wiring harnesses which are completely different including all the other electrical and computer components one has to contend with.

We suggest that you either sell your 540i pre VANOS car and go and buy a 540 VANOS model and work on that or BMW POWER can plumb a reliable and instant booster to your engine such as a nitrous oxide kit or NOS. NOS will increase power by up to 30%, when and where you want it, which will blow away any later model 540i VANOS equipped vehicle.

A large bottle of NOS lasts quite a while and the VANOS and pre VANOS motors are perfect for this application. If you can find a decent 6 speed manual gearbox and set it up you will have a very special car. The 540’s did come with a 6 speed box but they are like hens teeth.

If you want to go the NOS route, then the engine will be a priority which has to be engineered and built to exact and defining tolerances. Ceramic or metal coated pistons are a necessity and the compression ratio must be reduced to around 8.0:1, together with a set of solid lifters and re profiled 2nd stage camshafts or Schrick Cams or similar if you can afford them, stiffer dual valve springs made by Iskenderian or Crane and the catalytic converters must be removed immediately and a free flow exhaust system fitted.

If a NOS kit is plumbed properly to a blueprinted engine and you use ‘the clean medical nitrous oxide’ that dentists use, you will run many miles without trouble. There may only be one obstacle and that’s money. A complete standard rebuild on a Non-VANOS engine is around R50,000-00 depending on your existing powerplant and the condition. This exercise cannot be done by cutting corners or you are wasting your time and throwing good money after bad money. A new M60 or M62 engine from BMW sell for about R180,000. If your car is in great condition an engine rebuild is worthwile.

The complete NOS kit and installation, cams, lifters, springs etc you can add another R35,000-00, a decent 6 speed gearbox, adaptor and bell housing conversion together with a new billet flywheel will set you back R25,000-00 (auto transmissions rob too much HP). Your sum total R115,000-00, but now you’ve got a machine that really comes alive at the flick of a switch.

For more information on NOS conversions contact Nick on 082-4400664 or VISIT www.bmwpower.co.za at your earliest convenience and get good sound advice on any related subject.


Dual-Mass Flywheel Versus Conventional Flywheel

The dual-mass flywheel or DMF is actually a great piece of engineering. The imagination used by it’s original designer has proven itself so worthy not only in the performance of the engine to gearbox transfers of torque but this stroke of ingenuity has more so been a success due to it’s reduction in the vibrations that a diesel or petroleum engine normally transmits to the gearbox of the motor vehicle.

This relatively new piece of equipment has been a ‘must have’ fixture to most modern day engines as standard equipment which also comes with a downside and that is unreliable and expensive.

Any engine that is properly balanced is prone to vibration in a number of ways. These vibrations are almost impossible to eradicate due to the repetitive and stringent combustion forces acting on the pistons, con-rods and crankshaft at regular intervals as per the firing order of a particular engine.

The most damaging of these vibrational modes experienced is torsional and the effect gets worse at the lower engine RPM range or at open throttle operation. Diesel engine vibrations are up to four times more severe under the rotational and pressurized conditions than that of most petrol engines.

There are many designs of the now common DMF which is assembled by adding two flywheels together instead of one flywheel. These discs are about the same diameter as a single flywheel would be but half the thickness, so each one will have less than half the mass of a single flywheel. The first flywheel is attached to the crankshaft and spigotted into the second flywheel in such a way, that the two discs are able to oscillate in respect with one another.

The rotational movement is controlled by ‘circumferential springs’ working against stop ends so that the first flywheel is able to harmonically vibrate with the rotations of the crankshaft while the springs ensure that the least of these primary vibrations get transferred to the second flywheel. Then an almost normal clutch unit, but without springs in the hub of the driven plate is bolted to the second flywheel and the gearbox input shaft is splined to the driven plate.

The result of this set up means that the usual torsional vibrations that a conventional clutch and flywheel gets is harnessed and dampened by the springs that are not transmitted through the gearbox, and to the remainder of the motor vehicles drivetrain, which ultimately results in a smoother running engine and clutch action.

Unfortunately, the DMF units on some vehicles are not as reliable as they should be as some of these units give in at mileages below the warranty of 100,000 km. DMF replacement is far more expensive than the old conventional single plane flywheel and clutch assemblies.

An alternative replacement is available whereby a newly weighted single plane flywheel is machined from either billet steel or extruded aircraft aluminium and fitted with a quality clutch kit, which is reliable and which works.

Contact LOOKING 4 SPARES on 0861-777722 for more info on FLYWHEELS and CLUTCH KITS  www.looking4spares.co.za/parts-request