Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have witnessed a slowdown in income inside the remaining monetary 12 months. The employer has recorded a bad boom of 6.45 percent within the economic 12 months 2018-19, promoting 55,20,000 gadgets towards 59,00,840 devices sold in the previous financial yr. However, the company has recovered a few volumes usual from exports which within the same financial 12 months become at its all-time high at three, eighty,041 units. Honda has attributed the slowdown in sales to 1/2 of the monetary 12 months, where income has been vulnerable to the extent that it wiped off the boom that the employer recorded inside the first six months.
Commenting on Honda’s annual sales performance, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, said, “The tough and disruptive 2d half of 2018-19 has extensively wiped off the two-wheeler industry boom of the first half of. But despite domestic challenges, we have been able to create new highs in exports. Increased coverage top class in September’18 dampened the competition sentiments, and pre-pageant stock buildup became transformed into high inventories for the 2-wheeler enterprise. Recognizing this case early, we re-aligned our supply with home demand to correct inventories and guide our business partners. However, the inexperienced shoots of call for pickup aren’t seen, and we expect a difficult zone in advance, mainly resulting from the new price factors of CBS/ABS advent and the upcoming fashionable elections.”
Automakers had confronted more than the one demanding situation in FY19, which protected the revision within the coverage and fuel expenses scaling to a brand new top, bringing about an unsteady growth. Even the primary sector of the brand new financial yr 2019-20 doesn’t look promising, particularly due to fashionable elections, which commonly slow down the boom of the financial system. For the modern automobile information and opinions, comply with car and bike on Twitter, Facebook, and join our YouTube channel. I have never actually bought or sold a classic motorcycle at a classic motorcycle auction. There are numerous well-known auction houses in the UK and abroad that sell art, classic cars, and classic motorcycles. In the heady days before the 2008 crash, it seemed that they could sell anything at ever-increasing prices. It seemed that everyone was tripping over themselves to throw ever-increasing bundles of cash at them to buy anything with the word classic in the catalog description.
However, since the crash, they seemed to have changed their strategy, and it’s not just me who has had this experience. Many of my clients have made the same complaint and asked me to market their machines. Auction houses charge to put your machine in the catalog, they often charge admission to the sale and they typically charge sellers 15% and the buyer 20%, all plus VAT. At those rates, they are really quite indifferent to what they achieve as a final sale price. I had two beautiful classic Hondas, which one such auction house decided to market. They came, they saw the machines, they agreed to the stunning condition and how original both machines were. After much debate, we settled on a reserve price of £9,000 for one Honda + their seller’s fee and £8500 for the other + their seller’s fee. Luckily, I was late entering the machines and they had not cashed my cheque for several hundred pounds to put my machines in their catalog. Just a week before the sale, the auction house phoned me and said that I had to lower my reserve price to £4,000 and £5,000 for the bikes or remove them from the sale.
I asked them why I would want them in the sale, to pay them 15% + Vat, their catalog fees with such low reserves, when I could put them on eBay without a reserve and achieve at least £8,000 and £5,000 at the cost of about £17 per machine. They told me that the bikes would sell, and they would have lots of eager investors bidding away, and the bikes would probably achieve £11,000 and £13,000. However, with such high reserves, they did not think that anyone would even bid. I laughed, removed the machines from the sale, and sold one by making one phone call the following week for £10,000.
I went to the sale in question and was shocked at how chaotic it was. You could not get close to the machines to look at them. There was no seating, and the viewing area was not raked so that you could look down over the people in front of you. They did get strong values on some of the British marques, others sold, but for low prices and the emerging market, machines went far too cheaply because only about three bidders were interested. I’m so pleased I didn’t put my bikes in there; I would have lost a fortune. I also spotted a Laverda marketing as a Montjuic, but it was the less valuable 500 Sport. I spoke to many bidders and collectors who said it was the last time they bought at such auctions because they didn’t like the setup.
A client of mine has a BMW R32, which he has painstakingly restored over many years. There are believed to be three of these machines left in the world. It is a 1923 machine, the first year of motorcycle production from BMW. I have been told that the last one to sell went in 2004 for US$170,000. The market has gone up since then. The reserve , although it was considerably less than the value of the one that sold in 2004. A few days before the auction, my client was called by the auction house telling him that he had to reduce the reserve by nearly 40% or remove the bike from the sale. Needless to say, the client removed the motorcycle from the sale and has now placed it with me for sale.