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What are some things to consider when buying a used Honda scooter?

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Things to consider when buying a used Honda scooter include whether the engine size provides enough power for the intended use, whether it has an automatic or manual transmission, whether it runs on gasoline or electricity, and how much the insurance costs. Other things to consider include whether parts for that model of scooter are readily available, whether it has any known issues and whether it is capable of carrying a passenger safely.

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When considering buying a scooter, whether new or used, the engine size dictates many things, including what streets it is legal to ride on, whether a motorcycle license is required for operation and the top speed of the scooter. A 50cc engine is ideal for making short trips and for city driving, but in most jurisdictions it is not legal to ride a 50cc scooter on roads with speed limits exceeding 35 miles-per-hour. A scooter with a 150cc engine can achieve speeds in excess of 60 miles-per-hour and are legal to ride on major roadways but usually requires a motorcycle license to operate.

Honda scooters, like most brand-name scooters, retain their value for a long period of time, making it easy to find a motorcycle mechanic willing to work on the scooter. Those who are mechanically inclined can save money by performing their own repairs. Since scooter engines are generally simple in design, they are a good choice for beginning mechanics.

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