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When we decide to venture into the world of the two-wheeled, we often choose the option of buying a second-hand motorcycle. Acquiring this type of motorcycle has some peculiarities since it has had a previous owner, and we must ensure that the motorcycle has been properly maintained and checked over the years. In addition to this, another thing that we must have on record is the type of motorcycle warranty or rights we have in the purchase of the motorcycle whether we buy it from a dealer or if we do it through a private individual. In both cases, there are some particularities in the warranty that you should know before buying a second-hand motorcycle.


Motorcycle warranty: professional or private

There are big differences in motorcycle warranty, if we decide to buy it from a dealer or from a private individual. In the case of dealers, these are subject to stricter conditions by the Law of Guarantees. Dealers or points of sale are subject to this law and must offer a one-year warranty on all motorcycles. In many cases, it is common for these establishments to take out insurance against breakdowns through other companies for the sale of motorcycles. All these insurances exclude the repair of breakdowns or replacement of parts for wear, in addition to those elements that are not specifically included within the text of the policy. In the event that when buying, for example, a Triumph Thruxton motorcycle that is still in official warranty period, both guarantees will overlap: official and sale.




Before signing the motorcycle warranty, it is advisable to read all the coverages and exceptions, at the same time that we make sure that the company that offers the warranty is solvent. Once our rights are known, we must review our obligations as there are conditions required by insurers to comply with the warranty of the motorcycle. Among the most common obligations is to pass a maintenance stipulated by the brand, as non-performance could lead to losing the right to repair the warranty.

If on the other hand, we decide to make the purchase to a private individual, the used Triumph motorcycle is no longer fully insured. An individual is not obliged to offer any type of guarantee, but the motorcycles from them are subject to the Civil Code and, therefore, to the regulations on “hidden defects.” This regulation indicates that, during the six months following the date of purchase, the seller must indemnify or repair those defects that the motorcycle had at the time of purchase and that the seller has not left reflected in the sales contract, even if he did not know about them. In this type of claim, it is the buyer who must prove by the report of an expert that this defect was caused before the time of purchase of the motorcycle.


Motorcycle warranty for repairs

Within the Royal Decree for workshops (455/2010), we find the keys that regulate the motorcycle warranty for repairs and that we can summarize in the following points:

1. Any type of repair must have a guarantee of at least three months, or 2,000 km traveled, whichever occurs before. In addition, the wear parts that have been replaced can be included in this period.

2. In the event that the repair fails and we cannot move the motorcycle, the workshop must be responsible for moving the motorcycle or moving a mechanic to repair the problem.

3. If parts not considered for wear are replaced, their warranty must be two years.




4. The motorcycle warranty will be kept as long as the motorcycle is not subsequently manipulated by third parties.

5. If stated, the workshop may install second-hand parts supplied by you or by the same workshop, maintaining the guarantee applied by law. Except, you can never install second-hand parts that affect motorcycle safety.


Once you know all the features of the motorcycle warranty, it is time to decide on the motorcycle that will accompany you on your new adventures on two wheels. As for the style and brand, we can give you some tips on how to choose your used Triumph motorcycle or how to get a classic motorcycle for your builds. Once all this is decided, you can also learn more about the things to consider when buying a second-hand motorcycle.

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