SRINAGAR: The two-wheeler market is booming amid all the booming guns in Kashmir. Dealers of scooters and bikes say that customer are coming in large numbers to ride home on new two-wheelers.
While most trading activity in Kashmir is sliding down, bike dealers say they have achieved good sales, but most of them without the necessary paperwork. In Srinagar city, bike dealers are reluctant to tell how many bikes and scooters have been sold since the uprising began on July 8, but those dealing in pre-owned bikes say that they have made bumper sales.
A dealer in Srinagar who did not want to be named said that bikes have become the vehicle of choice as they can be used effectively when most of the roads are blocked.
“Most of the pre-owned bikes lying with us have found customers and in many sales we have also provided papers to the customers, though many are still waiting for transfer of ownership,” the dealer said, adding that many new bikes have also been purchased in recent days.
Normally, a temporary registration is provided by the registering authority or the dealer after sale of a new motor vehicle, but dealers say that so many formalities have to be carried out for this that it is impossible in the present situation.
Sales have been soaring even in south Kashmir, where most of the unrest and clashes with police have taken place. Gulzar Ahmad, owner of Bismillah Motors in Qazigund which is a dealer for the Indian subsidiary of Japanese two-wheeler major Yamaha, told Kashmir Reader that all his stock has been sold, but most of the sales have not seen cash transactions and most of them have been on credit.
“I have sold all my bikes that were in stock and most of the sales have been achieved on owner’s risk and conditions,” he said.
“Insurance cover is difficult to manage and so is the proper registration. We are not offering temporary registration,” he said.
The dealer said that customers were still coming from neighbouring districts to buy bikes from his store. He needs fresh stock soon.