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    Question Brand new motorcycle - Faulty

    Hi All

    I'm new here and looking for some advice.

    So I bought a new motorcycle from a dealer (financed through a bank).
    Collected it yesterday and on the ride home from the dealer it broke, I suspect something badly wrong inside the engine.
    The dealer came to collect it (and me) from the side of the road and now it is in the dealers workshop. I have been trying to contact the dealership owner, but he is on leave till Wednesday.

    Questions: (1) Is it reasonable for me to ask for a replacement?

    If it is the engine (of which I am pretty certain), then I don't want them to be pulling a brand new engine apart, because it will cease to be new.

    (2) Who would be liable for any costs related to the finance (initiation fee, admin costs, etc), as this would be a different bike and the paperwork will need to be redone?


    As I said earlier, I have not yet spoken to the dealership owner, he might offer me a replacement, cover any costs, and then claim from his supplier (perhaps unlikely).

    I just need to know where I stand before I speak to him.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Many thanks,
    Wayne

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    Hi Wayne,

    Welcome.
    You raise some valid points, all perfectly acceptable.
    I suggest you contact your financial institution in the meantime, as they will have experience in this area.
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    Hi Justloadit,

    Great, I spoke the finance company and they said I should contact the dealer asking for a replacement, if he agrees then the dealership will sort out the replacement with the finance company.

    But, if the dealer does not agree to replace, then I can lodge a complaint with the finance company and they will contact the dealer. (since the bike is technically owned by the bank, they would be looking after their own interests).

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    Hi Wayne,

    As far as dealers are concerned they are usually full of nonsense when it comes to replacement, they will want to repair the bike as now that its registered it is no longer new and therefore can only be resold as 2nd hand.

    I would give then the benefit of the doubt to try assist you but do not back down on wanting a replacement!
    They will push to rather repair the bike but that will leave you without transport for a while and lets face it, will never be the new bike you paid for.

    If they are not coming to the party dont hesitate to contact the Omboets Man who will assist you.

    Hope this helps.

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    Hi JWC,

    Solid advice, thank you.

    I'm generally pretty easy going, but I've paid a lot of money for a NEW bike! I will insist on a replacement or a full refund and buy from a different dealer (both options provided for in the CPA and it is my choice which one I want).

    Will call the dealership owner tomorrow.

    Cheers
    Wayne

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    Wayne - I would expect nothing less than a replacement ! Especially that it broke on the way HOME from picking it up. On a slightly different not - what make bike is it ? I hope that it is not a chinese import, I have had a lot of experience with them with quad bikes and can tell you straight out that if it is, they are not normally a good buy and will give you endless hassles and more hassles with spare parts. I am not trying to put you off, but it is your choice, especially that you are at this stage at the moment that it has broken. Think hard - if it is a chinese import.

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    Hi Guys,

    Kevin - I did a lot of research over the last few months before I decided which bike to buy. In terms of price vs reliability vs value for money, I bought a Honda XR650L, legendry reliability apparently, hey don't laugh!

    I am getting the feeling that he is going to take the bike in for warantee repairs and try get me to take a repaired bike.

    My best cause of action would probably to walk away from the bike and demand a refund. In a way I'm lucky its financed so I have the bank to assist me with this.
    Will call the bank in the morning and tell them what happened and that I am pulling out of the deal. Only issue I might run into is getting my R20k deposit back from the dealer??

    Cool, thats the plan for tomorrow, wish me luck.

    Cheers
    Wayne

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    Good Luck Wayne - Nice bike - I am an offroad person myself. But that is a big bike to go offroad with so be carefull when you do go.
    Honda is a good make so I wouldnt take any crap from the dealer. Hopefully he is reputable and is reasonable, but really if he gives you hassles you should demand your money back and go to the newspapers. I would threaten him that if he did not come to the party I would expose him on all the bike and quad forums, and there are lots of them. That would certainly put a damper on a few sales for him. Its not fair to name him at this stage, but what area is he in ??

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    Ok, the dealer got one of his guys to drop the bike off at Honda Sandton, where they will do an assesment to see what went wrong.

    Very professional, the guy told me exactly what they going to do, even some technical manager from head office will have a look. They assured me this was a preliminary check and they wouldn't touch the engine or repair anything, just call me with their findings, expecting a call tomorrow.

    So far so good, in the meantime I have contacted the bank to find out about refunds as this will be the next step if Honda don't replace the bike and I will buy another one from an authorized dealer.

    wrt naming the dealer who sold me the bike, I'll do that when all is resolved, for better or worse.

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    I've been thinking about this for a while now. Ultimately just what has gone wrong is significant when coming to a decision.

    For example, if it's something peripheral like a faulty sensor, coil pack - replace and be done.
    If it's something significant like it siezed, someone forget to put in coolant, or oil - well in that case insisting on a full replacement makes a lot of sense.

    It's certainly going to be interesting to hear how this one pans out.
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