How To Choose a Scooter
Scooters are a good alternative to automobiles especially if you don’t mind lower expenses on gas and the freedom of moving around with ease. They can be used for recreation, commuting, touring or even running errands. However different scooters are built to serve different functions. If you want to get one of the best scooters, you need to do a little research. Making a choice is therefore not as easy as it used to be years ago.
Buying a scooter
1. New one or an already used one
In as much as an already used scooter may be cheaper, it may come with some unforeseen repair needs which could cost you more money in the future. With a used scooter, you may not be able to determine how well its owner took care of it and how often he changed the oil. Therefore, you may not be assured of quality services with a used scooter.
However, a used scooter comes with free accessories, and if it has observable issues, the seller may address them before selling it to you. Buying from a shop, on the other hand, may give you a variety to choose from. Buying a new scooter from a reputable shop also gives you an assurance that the scooter is in good condition and will be of good service.
2. Manual or automatic? Make up your mind
Manual scooter versions are not as many as automatic ones. Therefore, if you decide to buy a manual one, you will have limited choices. With manual scooters you also get to incur more money through periodic repairs; for example, the gear and the cable need to be adjusted regularly. It also involves a lot of manual work. The automatic scooter is, however, simple to use. For a manual scooter, you require the throttle, gearshift, and the clutch to get it moving.
3. Determine what you want it for
The purpose of the scooter is a very important factor to consider when purchasing one. Do you want it for running errands or for commuting? Do you want it for touring or for recreational purposes? Knowing your needs will assist you in choosing the scooter with the right factors.
4. Settle on an engine size
Different scooters have different engine sizes. The bigger the engine size, the more convenient the scooter will be. With a big engine size, it is easy to climb steep hills and carry a passenger. You are also very comfortable using major roads with a big engine size. However, scooters with bigger engines consume more fuel that those with smaller ones hence making those with smaller engines more economical.
Buying from a shop that is giving a warranty is better than buying from one that is not. With a warranty, you are assured of compensation if anything bad happens to your scooter. Second-hand scooters may not come with a warranty. If a warranty is important to you, then consider buying a new scooter from a reputable dealer.
6. Other features
Consider other features such as a comfortable seat, enhanced shock absorbers, good quality wheels, etc. The goal is to choose something that will serve you well on the road. You may also want to consider safety features such ABS braking and improved suspension to have some assurance of your well-being on the road.