Buying a scooter can be a tricky
business. Avoid the disappointment of buying a dud with our
tips on what to look out for...
Top Tips for
When buying a scooter for the 1st time
it is best to go in with your eyes wide open and a level head,
don't be seduced by the salesman's patter and pretty colours! These
are our top tips to look out for when buying a scooter:
Price and availability of
parts - prices vary dramatically for makes and models of scooters.
Check and compare the price of commonly replaced items such as
mirrors / tyres / batteries/ drive belt. Remember to add the charge
Availability of parts can be
the bane of many scooter owners (and technicians) lives, the
scooter goes into the workshop for a repair which should take an
hour but doesn't reappear for weeks as the part ordered isn't yet
in the country.
Resale value, will your
scooter hold its value? take a look at classified adverts to see
what the scooters 2nd hand value would be in 12 months or 2
Has it been in a crash?
don't be worried by a few scratches but make sure they aren't an
indication of more substantial damage.
Is all the paperwork there?
an obvious one but important. Don't be embarrassed to check the
chassis number on the scooter against that on the paper work, it’s
you who is parting with the cash!
If the scooter has an
immobilizer, do you have the master key? The master key isn't just
a spare, it's needed to program in a new lock set after an
attempted theft. If not, and the only key you have is lost, it can
become very expensive as on most models the
CDI/immobilizer unit/s will have to be changed in addition to the
lock set (think around $350.00 - ouch!).
If you have any top
tips of your own or need further information please contact
us by email or phone (see contacts page).