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    Shenandoah Honda Closed. What happened.

    In Winchester, VA for Thanksgiving. Stopped by to see Dave who sold me my NC only to find out the place is closed and the building cleaned out. Anyone know what happened to them?
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    Commuter Extraordinaire Shenandoah Honda Closed.  What happened.
    Shenandoah Honda Closed.  What happened.
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    Found this on another site.



    They are indeed done. The Honda trucks were there today loading up all the inventory. A few years ago they were one of the top Honda dealers in the country, and were a victim of timing.. they built and opened a brand new building just as the economy tanked.. just not able to dig back out unfortunately. The shops out here are working together to try and at least absorb some of the staff..".

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    Senior Member Shenandoah Honda Closed.  What happened. silverhound's Avatar
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    Surprised to hear it is being pinned on the economy. Seems like if they didn't close until now that they made it through the bulk of the storm. MC sales have been on the rebound for a while now. Perhaps though they leveraged themselves too deep and it took this long to catch up to them.
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    The owner did file for bankruptcy but not because of sales. The owner is going through a divorce and filed to so his soon to be ex wife doesn't get half ownership of the business.
    Last edited by frozenpoet; 27th November 2013 at 14:57.
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    In 2004 there were about 1200 Honda motorcycle dealerships. Today, only around 800.

    However, on the auto side a completely different story. Give you one guess which product makes the most money for Honda. So, all research monies are currently on the auto side of the fence.
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    It is hard to recover when motorcycle sales dropped during this 5 year recession from 1.2 million motorcycles sold in the USA to 600,000.

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    Senior Member Shenandoah Honda Closed.  What happened. happy's Avatar
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    It may be good if you guys go into the garage once in a while and pay for an oil change.
    It helps keep them afloat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happy View Post
    It may be good if you guys go into the garage once in a while and pay for an oil change.
    It helps keep them afloat.
    Nope. Not going to happen. I'm not paying the dealer to do something I'm willing and able to do, and can probably do better.

    If dealers can't stay afloat, then they need to rethink their business model, it's a sign there are too many dealers, or the whole motorcycle distribution system needs to be revised. My donating money to them is not the answer.

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    I agree with Greg.
    One of the problems with dealers--around here, anyway--is that when you walk in, the staff hardly notice you. They seem to be bothered if you have a question. Then there is the problem of the Japanese dealers around here not allowing test rides. Most people are not going to drop 7-18k on a bike if they cannot even test ride the thing. You could walk into a dealer here with 10k in cash and still be told to take a hike if you ask to ride the bike you are clearly wanting to buy.

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    Shenandoah was one of the good dealers with great staff, service and competive prices. Sometmes a bad timing of busines decision such as opening new facility when market tanks can sink the business. If the divorce was a catalyst then perhaps owner will be back. They sold 7 other NC sbefore I bought mine in July. The area has enough business to support a Honda power dealer.
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