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Cedar Hill Motorsports in bankruptcy

By Sally Voth -- Daily Staff Writer

STRASBURG -- Local all-terrain vehicle and scooter store Cedar Hill Motorsports is in bankruptcy, another victim of the recession, co-owner Michael Killen said.

"We had to close down at the end of [last] year," he said.

Stephens City attorney Douglas W. Harold Jr. filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition on behalf of the business on Jan. 7, according to online court records.

Killen opened the shop, which sold and serviced ATVs, scooters and dirt bikes, about three years ago. He blamed the bad economy for the demise of the store, which was at 244 W. King St.

"People just stopped coming in," Killen said. "Sales went down. All services went down. We worked on them and sold parts and all that. It stopped. People just didn't want to do it no more."

High gas prices actually helped the business last summer because it led to higher scooter sales, he said.

"After that, it started getting cold and they just kind of parked them," Killen said. "All the ATV stuff that we did for the first two years we was there, and then they just stopped fixing them because they were just play toys and stuff. They weren't buying them for kids no more.

"It went downhill real quick. The last six months of the last year, it dropped and it dropped hard."

Filing for bankruptcy wasn't a hard choice for Killen.

"It was the easy part," he said. "We pretty much knew it a couple months beforehand. ... We was trying to see how much we could get rid of and how much we could get it down beforehand."

Killen wanted to stay open through Christmas, which usually posts strong sales. Even with prices slashed nearly 50 percent, he was still left with a lot of inventory.

Trustees have come and looked over the business, and will pick up the leftover stock and liquidate it, he said.

Killen thinks he will come through this OK.

"It's all going to be taken care of, I guess," he said.

Cedar Hill Motorsports was the first business Killen owned, and he went into it with a longtime friend.

"The first two years it was pretty much part-time, and then the last year we went full-time with it, and he ran it during the day," said Killen, who works for International Automotive Components in Strasburg -- a job he's grateful he kept.

Killen said he frequently looks at area bankruptcy records.

"I don't know how many people I've done seen that's in there," he said. "I've seen quite a few people I've known through here, Warren County and around."

If he ever opens another business, Killen figures it will be selling scooters since they're popular.

"The way the economy is, I'm not planning on doing anything right now," he said. "It just depends on how it turns around."

Contact Sally Voth at svoth@nvdaily.com

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