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fROGMAN-Any info will be helpful. The area is Aledo, Texas. I am wanting to put in a repair/retail shop at my MX track. Would like to now how to set-up with the larger suppliers. I already have tax numbers, etc. Thanks.
Some of the smaller suppliers require nothing more than a faxed copy of your business license.
The bigger ones like Parts Unlimited and Tucker Rocky will require you to have a nice store and you to send a picture from the front and a picture of the inside. You must also include a picture of the business sign outside.
Where your problem is going to be is that these guys REQUIRE you have AT LEAST normal business hours of operation which includes 40 hours of "Open for Business" every week. Unless you plan to operate the store during the week, you have no chance of setting up with guys.
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14mins: He hit it on the head. I called a couple of friends today and said the same thing. The only thing that i would add is, some want you to keep a minimal inventory of parts. Each supplier is different. Another thing that was said, is that you may have a requirement of minimal orders per "cycle". That could mean monthly, quarterly, annually. Just things to ask when you speak to the suppliers.
If michellin makes any tires that you might want to sell you can get them without having to have anything like a store front etc. Go to their site and e-mail them for the closest rep. and then just buy what you want from them, they have excellent bussiness sense. I was in the parts business for a while and found it very difficult to do business with any supplier that wants to tell you how to setup your store or shop and how it should be ran. Tucker Rocky and parts unlimited are two of them. this even holds true if you just want to buy a few cases of oil. If you can find somebody else use them. call or e-mail the manufacture and ask for a list of all wholesalers that they use. many will not be interested in what your store looks like.