Re: Gas Tank VIN #s (rickr)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by rickr »
</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Do Ducati gas tanks have a VIN #? I am buying a used tank WO/key and want to make sure is is not stolen
First off, a tip of the hat to you for actually caring whether the gas tank is stolen or not. Most folks are only worried about getting a "good" deal.
The "without key part" would worry me as well. I always advise people to simply ask questions. Why is he selling the tank? What did he replace it with? Why no key? Can he send you the VIN for the bike from which the tank came? Pictures of the bike?
You'd be surprised (and probably a bit dismayed) at what you'll learn. A legit seller can answer all those questions and provide you with all that documentation. Many can't. If you get the vague, run-around answers "I bought the tank at a swap meet," (come on, when was the last time you saw *any* Ducati parts at a swap meet?) or "It off an old bike I sold a while back" (without a gas tank? No VIN or pics from that old bike?) "I'm selling it for a buddy", etc., then I'd proceed with caution.
Don't forget, knowingly buying stolen parts is a crime. Even if you unknowingly buy hot goods, if discovered the police will seize them and you're left with no parts and no money.