Buying a used scooter

If you want to buy a scooter you’ll probably be tempted to buy a used one since they are generally many times cheaper than a brand new example. We all want to grab a bargain when buying anything used, but it’s important that you know what you’re doing to make sure that you don’t get ripped off. So, we are going to talk about some of the benefits and some of the drawbacks when you’re purchasing a second hand scooter so that you can decide whether you should buy a new or a used scooter.

The benefits of purchasing a used scooter include:

  • Cheap price – Budget is the main reason why most people decide to buy used, as buying something that’s not new will clearly be cheaper than buying it brand new.
  • Accessories – You’d be surprised to see what accessories people give free to you when they sell their scooters. People usually give all the accessories that they own since they probably won’t ever need them again, and these accessories can sometimes be quite expensive! It might not sound like a lot to get a couple of free accessories but they all add up.
  • Value – When you buy a new vehicle the value of it drops a lot the minute that you drive it home. This means that you’ll lose a decent amount of money if you decide to sell your scooter in the future which isn’t good. However, used scooters usually hold their value better so you should be able to get most of your money back should you decide to sell it at some point in the future (assuming that you bought it at a good price).

The drawbacks of purchasing a used scooter are:

  • Warranty – Nearly all used scooters that are for sale won’t come with any sort of warranty unless you buy it from a garage (but then that means that you’ll be paying quite a high price). It’s a bit of a gamble really, but if you get the scooter checked by a mechanic before handing over any money you should be fine.
  • Type of scooter – It can sometimes be difficult to find the exact scooter that you want to buy which can be annoying. When you’re buying a used scooter you’ve got to remember that you’ll very rarely find exactly what you’re looking for so you might have to compromise a little bit. For example, you might have to get a scooter that’s a little bit older than you originally wanted.
  • History – It’s well known that the first couple of hundred miles on a scooter are extremely important. It’s recommended that you run in the engine so that you get the most of the scooter in the future, but it’s impossible to know whether the original owner done this or not. This can affect the length of time that you get from the engine and as you know these types of problems aren’t cheap to fix unfortunately.

So whether you’re buying new or used, theres a lot to think about before you make the decision. Choose wisely and enjoy your purchase for years to come.

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