Luge in the county: delays for snow control


HOULTON, Maine (WAGM) –

Imagine spending up to $ 15,000 or more on a new snowmobile without even being able to ride it. In this week’s Sledding the County, Brian Bouchard examines how supply chain disruptions have affected the snowmobile industry.

Earlier this year, many snowmobilers looking to buy the latest and greatest snowmobiles paid for what is called a “Snow Check”.

“A snow check is a term that’s used more as what they call a pre-order. They have a very short window of opportunity that you can order a snowmobile basically of your choice to ensure you have a snowmobile when the driving season arrives, but unfortunately that wasn’t really the case this year. “- Jonathan Haskell – Sales Director, Houlton Power Sports

Normally, snow control also means better prices, better interest rates, extended warranties and / or accessories to try and get riders to buy early. The problem: the supply chain and computer chip shortages that plagued many industries across the country.

“A lot of it has to deal with things that are imported across the seas, still sitting in container ships. The lack of drivers to transport the machines from the factories to us even becomes a problem, but as the machines appear they arrive with missing parts and components, further delaying the customer. Haskell said.

And once you’ve checked a sled for snow, there’s no guarantee of when or if it will arrive before the snowmobile season begins. Many manufacturers require a non-refundable deposit, which would be forfeited if the snow check were canceled.

“They have options that they can choose from, they can either choose to cancel all together, they can take the money they deposited and keep it to carry forward to the next order year, which means that ‘they wouldn’t have a sled for this season at all, or if we had a unit in stock on the ground and they’re ready to transfer their pre-order to something we have in stock on the ground and they are willing to transfer their pre-order to something we have in stock, which won’t be exactly what they ordered, but puts them on a machine to drive, ”says Haskell.

Haskell also said another option for bikers would be to rent a sled until the snow sled arrives, as many dealerships and businesses in the county handle short and long term rentals.

Brian Bouchard, NewsSource8

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