I don’t know if you are a fan of the 9-1-1 television series on the FOX network, staring Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Connie Brighton. If you DVR-it like me, the 10th episode which aired March 21 should give every powersports dealer pause. The storyline included a scenario where a man purchases a new motorcycle, and rides off without the dealer checking for a license or training. In mere TV minutes, the actor is involved in a horrific crash, prompting a call to 911. The lesson for powersports dealers is clear. Always check to ensure the buyer is licensed for a motorcycle before delivering the bike! And always be sure the buyer is trained to ride the bike they just purchased!
Internal Training First
It’s easy for the sales team to “assume” the customer is fully prepared to enjoy that new bike. They asked all of the right questions and even mentioned several previous motorcycle experiences. But customers are often unwilling to admit their shortcomings or lack of knowledge. Therefore, your entire dealership team must be responsible for ensuring the buyer is fully prepared.
Take the opportunity to check the driver’s license early in the sales process. Confirm they are actually licensed to ride a bike. “Oh, I’ve ridden a bike for years!” is not sufficient. Almost every state notes a motorcycle on the license itself. Also, a quick check to the DMV database will flag the appropriate certifications.