The reasons are numerous: Part substitutions caused by supply shortages, the factory making a better deal with a different supplier, undocumented design changes, modifications made by a prior owner or a dealer, or special customization ordered by the original owner.
In the case of mass produced items, some manufacturers are no longer in business or the part has been discontinued. In other cases, parts were made by small fabricators who specialize in OEM contracts. They are not equipped to handle -- or interested in selling -- one or two parts at a time.
We will do our best to find a substitute, or if necessary, a fabricator to make the item. We will need measurements, photos, and possibly the old part. We appreciate your patience and cooperation
in this process.
While some parts are in stock and ship the next business day, others require special order or even fabrication. We will let you know if you part will take longer than two weeks from order to your door.
Why is the price higher than the last time I bought this part from Hunter Marine?
Hunter probably sold you the part from their stock, which is purchased in large quantities at deep discounts. We check to see if Hunter has the part available, but most often it must be special ordered from the manufacturer. Different pricing applies.