What should happen when you buy a new bike?
When you purchase a new bike from a dealer they should inform the manufacturer of the sale, then either pay the manufacturer directly or the finance company they deal with. Once the manufacturer has receipt of payment, they release a COC
(Certificate of Conformity) to an independent third party, who then inputs the details to the AFRL (Automated First Registration and Licensing) system, which allows the dealer to register it for the road with the DVLA. Once this has been done, the bike is issued with a registration number and the V5C is sent direct to the new owner.
What went wrong in this case?
In these cases, it is alleged that some dealers were selling the bikes but not paying MV Agusta, or informing them of the sales at all. In those circumstances, Cocs were not released and without one bikes cannot be registered.
What’s happening now?
MCN understands that MV Agusta S.p. A. are also building their own case against the individuals involved.
Of course no-one should prejudge the situation but owners of MV Agusta bikes should check their status to make sure they are not implicated.
NOTE: Neither hampshiremvagusta.co.uk, run by Alf’s Motorcycles, of Worthing, East Sussex, or Moto Performance Ltd have anything to do with the company mentioned in this report.
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