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Action News Investigates: Bikers beware

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Updated: 7/30/2013 8:16 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A watchdog group is warning motorcycle riders about a cycle shop in St. Johns County.

The Better Business Bureau slapped the dreaded "F" rating on Knock 46 Cycles located just west of US-1.

Tom Stephens, President of the Northeast Florida Better Business Bureau, said, "He's stealing money from his customers. He's taking money in advance and not delivering the product."

Nine customers, including Joe Russo, registered complaints with the BBB about Knock 46 since it moved to Ponte Vedra Beach from Indiana last year.

"He had my bike for almost 2 years and it cost me over $40,000," Russo told Action News.

The rider says the shop finally returned the Harley, but in such bad condition that a Harley appraiser called it "junk."

Will Howard showed us a receipt for $32,500 that he paid to Knock 46 for a motorcycle in November. He says the shop owner, Mark Blanton, still hasn't delivered his bike.

"Every time I call him, he won't answer the phone," said Howard.

Blanton told Action News, "You can look up my stuff with the Better Business Bureau."

Not only does the BBB grade the business with an F, the watchdog group says Knock 46 does not have an auto repair license.

"He appears to our mind to be operating outside the licensing requirements," said Stephens, "So I would say it's not a legitimate business."



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