What are some tips for buying cheap used mopeds?


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Some tips for buying cheap used mopeds include doing research on the models available, keeping an eye on websites such as Craigslist to snag any deals that are posted, ensuring that the moped comes with a valid title, and taking the used moped for a test ride if possible before purchasing. Inspect used mopeds for rust and corrosion on the frame, fuel tank, exhaust and rims, as these parts are critical to the operation of the bike.

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Test the critical components of the used moped before taking a test ride; check the tires, brakes, lights, throttle, and wheel alignment and balance. Check the fuel and brake lines for any leaks, rotting or loose connections. When running and fully warmed up, the engine should have a steady rhythm with no knocks, rattles or strange odors. An acceptable price for a used running moped is around $650 with no modifications and good tires as of 2015.

When purchasing a used moped from a private seller, have money ready to do a deal on the spot. Good used mopeds tend to sell quickly, especially if the price is below market value, and they may not be available for long. Avoid used mopeds that don't run unless the intention is to have a project to work on. The cost to repair a non-running moped is difficult to judge without knowing its history.

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