Dealer Expo significant for who is not there and what they don't have!
As we head out to the dealer expo the show this year is really about two things. All the companies that aren't there because:
A they closed
B they are about to close.
I think this is going to be a wake up call for many stores. They survived, they cut expenses, they cut employees, but then they get to the show and they lost suppliers. Meaning they have to find all new brands to carry.
There are several companies on the verge of leaving the market and as we move into 2011 we are finally escaping the great fall of 2009-2010 for the industry. I think its important for dealers to know where they can get parts for these brands. You can get cheap Chinese generic parts anywhere, but few places have the variety of brand specific proprietary parts like MRP. You can't buy Malaguti or Aprilia parts from a generic retail website that sells less expensive Chinese parts, you can't buy ZMD or CF MOTO parts which are not generics on these sites. So come to the place that has it all for European and Asian bikes.
So many dealers will be left scratching their heads as they look for their suppliers. Some stores especially the seasonal ones won't know some suppliers closed.
http://www.mrp-speed.com is the largest source of brand name scooter parts now in the US. Don't miss out our booth at the 2011 Dealer Expo this year.
The price of gas is also a factor. Rising gas prices will hopefully lead to higher sales.