Apparently, lots of Canadians have been buying parts for their Harley-Davidsons from dealers in the U.S.
Its no news to Canadian riders that we’ve been getting ripped off on the exchange rate for years here in the Great White North, and of course some people get around that by buying in the U.S. and having the parts shipped across the border; it’s a great way for riders or independant shops to save a few bucks.
But Harley-Davidson’s head office is taking notice. Cyril Huze says Harley-Davidson is reminding its dealers that selling parts outside their areas is a good way to lose your dealership. That’s sure to catch the attention of some of those shops.
The move is Harley-Davidson’s way of helping their Canadian dealers compete – they don’t have a hate-on for their customers up here. And since most Canadians live within an hour or two of the border, they’ll probably just go down to the U.S. to buy the parts straight from the shop. There’s nothing any head office can do to stop that.