A Minnesota-based Harley-Davidson dealer is taking the manufacturer to court over their international and third-party website sales policy.
As we told you last September, Harley-Davidson is cracking down on U.S. dealers who have been selling parts and accessories outside their territory. That includes sales to Canada, as well as sales through sites like eBay or Amazon.
But America being what it is, this wasn’t going to go through without a fight, and now St. Paul Harley-Davidson is taking Harley-Davidson to court over the company’s policy, saying it will greatly impact their business.
The dealer says they earned $8 million per year between 2008 and 2010 through third-party website or out-of-territory sales, and they say Harley-Davidson’s new policy is an illegal change to the original franchise agreement they signed. On the other hand, other dealerships say volume discounting is hurting the industry, and no dealer wants another seller taking away business in their territory.
So now the dealership – founded in the 1940s – will duke it out with the Bar and Shield in court, in an attempt to keep their business going. The outcome could have a big impact on Canadian buyers, so we’ll try to stay on top of this for you.