Jan. 19, 2009 – Snowmobile Digest
January 19, 2009
Filed under Features
Michigan could raise sled fees to avoid deficit
Under bills sent to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, snowmobilers will have to pay higher fees starting next year, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The state Senate approved the fees to raise more money to maintain and improve grooming on snowmobile trails.
The state snowmobile program faces a $1 million deficit next year. The fees would go from $25 to $35 for the 2009-2010 year. Then the fees would increase again in 2011-2015 to $45. Future increases would be tied to the inflation rate.
The three-year snowmobile registration fee would rise from $22 to $30, and the fine for operating a snowmobile without registration would quadruple to $200 on July 1.
Arctic Cat recalls some 2009 snowmobiles
In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Arctic Cat recalled about 10,000 2009 Mountain Cat and Crossfire snowmobiles, stated the CPSC.
The mounting hardware securing the fuel pump can allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Arctic Cat has received four reports of fuel leakage, but there have been no reports of personal injury or property damage.
The snowmobiles were sold in Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from June through November for $7,500-$13,100.
New snowmobile auction site available
Sledbids.com is a new powersports auction site. Dealers can create their own store and auction clearance items or excess inventory, according to a company press release.
It’s free to register, and users can add pictures and multimedia to the listings. It has a buy now feature, reserve price, bulk listing tool for multiple listings as well as a full-featured seller control panel. Users can communicate through IM messaging. There are custom start dates for auctions as well as other features.
There is also the ability to advertise within the site either globally (all sections) or per section. psb