Buying used accessories and components can often turn out to be a three to eight. How to recognize a good purchase from a scam? Is the piece under consideration just what I need? Is the price correct? Is this an original or after-market spare part? Thanks to the experience gained from the purchase and sale of a lot of Ducati accessories and spare parts, we can give you some useful advice to be able to shop safely. The steps of our "buying guide" differ in four fundamental points: checking the level of wear, checking the correct functioning or not of the component, the price and finally the source of purchase. Let's see how to deepen each point.
LEVEL OF WEAR OF SPARE PARTS FOR MOTORCYCLES
Verifying the level of wear of the component under consideration is essential. Scratches, dents and various marks can be clear indicators of incorrect use of the piece, and can also indicate a malfunction of the same. Consequently, the selling price is also linked to the state of wear.
CORRECT FUNCTIONING OF DUCATI SPARE PARTS
Checking the correct functioning is a necessary and not negligible condition and then moving on to the purchase of the spare parts we need. The purchase of mechanical components is less "risky" than the purchase of electronic components such as control units, wiring, sensors and dashboard instrumentation, as it is deceptive. In fact, in this case, an accessory that at first analysis might appear to be in a good condition, could then prove to be defective or even not working. As for the components strictly related to the aesthetics of our Ducati, the advice is to buy original parts, if possible. In fact, Ducati Performance accessories, which can be in carbon or ergal, would increase not only the aesthetic value, but certainly also the value of our motorcycle.
THE RIGHT PRICE FOR DUCATI SPARE PARTS AND ACCESSORIES
Price is often synonymous with guarantee. What might seem like a real bargain given by the low price could actually hide several background: non-original and low-quality component, technical problems, but also, in some cases, an illicit origin. Damaged or cracked components, even if affordable in terms of price, are strongly discouraged as, even if possible to repair, they will never guarantee the true structural support for which they were designed. The difference that can be found between the prices offered by a private individual compared to those offered by a specialized company or a reseller is justified by the guarantee that this category of sellers can provide after-sales.
WHERE TO BUY YOUR USED DUCATI SPARE PARTS
Knowing where a used component comes from can be crucial. Knowing whether the bike from which the part was removed has been treated with some care or not can affect the quality of the component. Furthermore, buying from a private individual almost always presents a risk: will I receive the piece after paying for it? Will the component I purchased be in the same condition as it was presented to me? These problems can be solved by relying on specialized companies or authorized resellers, who have a direct interest in meeting the quality standards they promise to the customer, with the possibility of returning the components.
In conclusion, the second-hand world can always reserve some unexpected surprises, both negative and positive, but avoiding scams may be possible by following this procedure that we wanted to share with you, Ducati friends!
Shop safely so you can enjoy your Ducati even more.