Powersports Dealers Stock Up on Pre-Owned Bikes for Spring Selling Season


Quality pre-owned motorcycles continue to be a hot commodity, as proven by the results from Manheim Specialty Auctions' recent Manheim Indianapolis Grand Opening sale.

The company introduced hundreds of dealers to its newly-expanded 40,000 square-foot PowerSports facility Feb. 2 and 3. Dealers had a chance to tune up their used inventory. With nearly 500 late-model motorcycles for sale, including popular models from Harley-Davidson Financial Services, the 400-plus dealer attendees had plenty of quality machines to choose from, both in-lane and online through Manheim Simulcast.

Manheim Specialty says its sales grew over 44 percent in 2009, as dealers and consignors took advantage of strong consumer demand for pre-owned machines.

Customers can choose from 12 branded PowerSports auction sites around the country, or buy and sell online during special online sales events, including Thursday Thunder sales. For more information, see www.manheimspecialtyauctions.com.p>

Here's an insider's look at the action on the floor at Manheim Specialty Indianapolis:

Spencer Jackson of Spence Specialty Motor (far left) and Shawn Gooch of Gooch's Powersports, Inc. (far right) and were just two of the 400 buyer and sellers adding late-model units to their inventory. They joined auctioneer Steve Craney, specialty manager Paula Roeschlein and ring man Dave Giddings in the Grand Opening of Manheim Indianapolis. Demand for pre-owned units continues to increase in 2010.

Manheim Indianalpolis team members Paula Roeschlein and Rich Hardin review the Harley Davidson Financial Services inventory prior to the auction. The Grand Opening sale successfully found new homes for all of the 168 Harley Davidson motorcycles offered.

Every motorcycle at a Manheim auction comes standard with a comprehensive Manheim Specialty Condition Report, which provides the unit's "curriculum vitae," from mileage to cosmetics. The report guarantees that the bike has been evaluated by a team of highly trained inspectors. Bikes offered for sale online, either via Manheim Simulcast or OVE.com, come standard with an electronic version of the report, as well as images and video.