Up until last month, Mahurangi residents seeking a Honda authorised dealer for motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles were faced with a long trek to Dargaville, Whangarei or Takapuna. That’s changed now with the opening of Rodney Honda, which has taken over the site formerly occupied by Nurtured by Nature on 74 Hudson Road, Warkworth.
The building has been completely refurbished providing a showroom and spacious workshop for servicing and repairs.
Besides bikes and ATVs, Rodney Honda also sells and services a range of Honda power equipment, such as lawnmowers, generators, water pumps and trimmers.
Director Brendon Browne says the move to establish in Warkworth was prompted by the town’s anticipated growth, its central location and the wide range of farmers, lifestyle block owners and urban dwellers in the area who have come to know and trust their Honda equipment.
He adds that he and Rodney Honda mechanic Hayden Lupton both grew up in rural areas and appreciate how much farmers depend on their machinery and the necessity of prompt and efficient service.
Both men are also motocross enthusiasts.
“Working on motorcycles in particular is kind of a passion for us more than a job,” Brendon says.
To make it easier for rural dwellers Rodney Honda offers on-site service and repairs and a pick-up and drop-off service. As the business grows, Brendon anticipates the showroom will be filled with more and more bikes, equipment and accessories, such as helmets, boots and tyres.
He also plans to acquire a full range of demonstration models. Before committing to a purchase, potential buyers will have the opportunity to have a product demonstrated and try it for themselves.
“We want the customer to be confident that the thing they are buying is just what they are after,” Brendon says.
The business plans a grand opening in the coming weeks with a barbecue and tents set up outside their building, showing off more Honda stock