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Customers' deposits could be lost as George White Motors goes under
The aftermath of George White Motors, Britain's largest motorcycle retailer, going into administration means that the company could default on dozens of new bike order deposits. A source at a major manufacturer has told bike newspaper Motorcycle News that many outstanding orders would not be able to be completed now that the firm is being wound up.
"It looks unlikely that they're going to complete deliveries. The noises coming out of there are that the doors are shut and that's it," the source told MCN.
It appears that at least one manufacturer believes this to be true. Kawasaki UK has released an official statement suggesting that it, rather than George White Motors, will complete any outstanding orders.
"These situations are never easy. That said, we are doing our very best to ensure that Kawasaki customers who have paid deposits on brand new machines and are expecting delivery will not be disappointed and suffer as little inconvenience as possible," Michael Johnstone, Kawasaki's Sales and Marketing Manager, told MCN.
"As things progress, we will ensure that machines are supplied by the affected customer's nearest Kawasaki dealer."
Kawasaki will now be contacting customers through the administrator, Deloitte. Anyone concerned about a deposit on a Ducati, Honda or Yamaha bike should get in touch with the manufacturer directly. Other bike manufacturers have advised customers and bike insurance policy holders to contact Deloitte about their deposits.
George White Motors sold bikes made by Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Aprilia and Ducati with branches in Plymouth, Donington, Swindon, Slough, Torbay and Bolton. Deloitte cites poor trading during the last two years as the reason for the company's failure.