Using the “Ducati Approved” program, Italian manufacturer Ducati has decided to enter the used motorcycle market in Europe with their own brand’s bikes. Although car makers have been selling previously owned “certified” cars for years, Ducati Europe has implemented a program of its own.
To be eligible for the “Ducati Approved” program, a bike must be less than six years old, have a certified mileage of fewer than 50,000 kilometers and pass 35 checks and inspections performed by a qualified Ducati service technician. Also, there are other benefits of the “Ducati Approved” program.
Buyers also get free 24/7 roadside assistance throughout Europe. The assistance includes the following:
- Roadside service and towing service
- Passenger transport following roadside assistance
- Return home of passengers or continuation of their journey
- Transportation service of the repaired motorcycle
- Return shipment of the motorcycle from abroad (in Europe)
- Finding and sending spare parts in Europe
- Hotel charges
- Recovery of the motorcycle in case of an accident
- Advance payment of bail abroad
The level of support as a result of a breakdown/accident is very extensive. Normal roadside assistance and towing service are pretty standard for bike oriented roadside assistance plans. But the Ducati plan seems to go several steps further. Things like returning of the riders to home, or assistance in the continuation of the journey, return shipment of the motorcycle from abroad (in Europe), hotel charges, motorcycle recovery in case of an accident and even advance payment of bail while abroad seem to go over and above for this type of service. No one plans to get arrested while traveling, but things do happen. Bravo Ducati!
Insurance against breakdown
The sale of a “Ducati Approved” bike, also includes an insurance policy that covers the bike for 12 or 24 months. The insurance policy is initially provided for 12 months. After that, the bike’s owner can request another 12 months of protection before the expiration of the original 12 month period provided the bike is less than 5 years old from the date of registration and the mileage is less than 60,000 kilometers.
The cost of parts and labor are covered by the Ducati dealer. However, once mileage exceeds 50,000 kilometers, the cost of parts will only be refunded in proration to the mileage at the time of breakdown. Wear items such as brake pads are not covered by the warranty.
Program available in Europe Only
The “Ducati Approved” program is available in selected European countries including:
- United Kingdom
- India (just added)
Oh, in case you are interested in the 35 checks and inspections that are made to “Ducati Approved” bikes, here’s the actual list:
The “Ducati Approved” checklist