There are several things to consider when purchasing a scooter such as the company's reputation, type of engine and parts availability. There are several overseas manufacturers that use the same body style for their scooters, but they use less-expensive internal parts. Understanding which engines are reliable will help prevent against troublesome purchases.
Many overseas companies consistently use the same type of frame with lower-quality powertrain components. Although it dramatically drops the production costs of the scooter, many of the engines are prone to early wear. This results in the drivers paying more for extensive repairs after their seemingly inexpensive purchase. The following tips help ensure a buyer will find a safe and reliable scooter:
- Search online
The easiest way to find out information about a particular brand is to search it online. Find out information about the scooter's drivability along with consumer reviews. Also find the average price each scooter sells for.
- Find the warranty
Look up the scooter's warranty program and make sure there is one offered. If the scooter is being shipped, see if the store offers shipping insurance.
- Compare prices
- Check part availability
- Find a scooter repair shop
Compare the price listings of the scooter. When a scooter is priced too low, there is a chance that lower-quality parts are being used.
Foreign scooters may not have parts readily available, so simple problems can become expensive.
Before making any final purchases, find a repair shop that can maintain the scooter.