Your Guide to Buying Used Mopeds and Scooters

With the economy in a downslide and gas prices on the rise, used mopeds and scooters are looking more and more attractive as a way to get around town. Buying 50 cc used mopeds, or buying used Honda scooters, are a good way to get some cheap, reliable transportation. The classic Vespa scooters, too, should be considered a coup if you can find them.

Here are some things you should keep in mind when you're looking for used mopeds and scooters.

Do your research

Many times, you can find decent used mopeds or scooters at a good price on eBay, or in the classifieds. Don't be afraid to do a search online and find someone near you with 50CC mopeds secondhand or Vespa scooters for sale. However, often you will have enough listings on eBay to be able to compare prices and figure out what is cheap and what is not.

Know what you're spending

Before you just simply pull out your wallet or checkbook (or credit card), though, do some research. Find out how much the brand you are looking at is going for when it's second hand. Be advised, too, that you might have some competition these days for your scooter search, since they are a very attractive alternative, indeed, to cars and other gas guzzling vehicles. You should find out what the ballpark figure is, currently. This can even change day-to-day, so you're going to have to do research and keep abreast of what current prices are considered reasonable. Once you decide on your spending limit, you can always put in a bid on an online auction.

eBay is good for this, as it allows you to put in your maximum bid and leave it. You see, even if you put in a high maximum bid, it will only outbid the current highest bidder by a few dollars.

Buy local

You may not want to buy something unseen, but buying online is not necessarily the same as buying unseen. If you do choose to shop eBay, for example, and you find something you think you like, make sure the seller is local to you so that you can go take a look before you buy. eBay has the local search available to make this possible.

Things to look for in used mopeds

Take a checklist with you, and make sure the moped or scooter passes inspection in these areas -- or that you get a very good price commensurate with the repair the moped or scooter is going to need:

Has the moped or scooter sat for a while? If so, it's likely to have some decay peculiar to unused vehicles. Check:

1. The motor.
It should be in good shape, and if it's not, it will need to be replaced.
2. The muffler.
If this needs replacing, do it. It might seem like it's a small thing, it but it's going to affect your scooter's performance.
3. Brakes.
Usually need replacing, and not worth risking it for the $20 or so you're going to pay if you replace them yourself.
4. Tires.
These are usually worn on a used moped or scooter, and will cost between $35 and $40 apiece to replace.
5. Shocks.
Again, these will probably need to be replaced, and are worth the cost of doing so for a safe ride.
6. Cables.
Again, these will need to be replaced if the moped or scooter has sat for a while, but it's worth the cost (and your safety) to do so.
7. Body condition, including paint.
It might seem like a little rust isn't such a big deal, but be careful. It can significantly impact how roadworthy your scooter is.

Again, this is not to say that buying a used moped or scooter is a bad thing. You just have to be careful, know what you're looking for, and to know that some things are probably going to have to be replaced especially if the moped or scooter has been sitting in storage for a while. That said, though, do some research, decide what you're willing to pay for used (including the repairs you have to pay for or do yourself), then go out, find the moped or scooter you want, and roll up your sleeves and get to work. Once that's done, you can watch gas prices climb to four dollars a gallon or beyond and still know that you are riding a good, gas efficient, roadworthy vehicle.

Oh, and one other thing. Get insurance. It might seem like a small thing and it might not even be required in your state, but do it for safety's sake. And above all, of course, have fun -- safely, of course.

Welcome to American Moped Store

We provide a quick and easy way for you to find used mopeds and scooters for sale. The items on our site are posted by people all over the United States. Use the search options on the right hand side to search our site, refine your search by using the menu categories, or simply browse the items below. For detailed item descriptions and payment information, simply click the preferred item.

Our listings are also available as live auctions at the world's largest online auction site, eBay.

Comments? Questions? Feel free to contact us on e-mail:admin@americanmopedstore.com
Bitter End 150cc Honda Ruckus PayPal

Bitter End 150cc Honda Ruckus

Price: $6,500.00 (0 Bids)
YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER 2011 (RAN1427U) MOCC

YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER 2011 (RAN1427U)

Price: $1,500.00 (0 Bids)
1961 Vespa 150 VBB1T MOCC

1961 Vespa 150 VBB1T

Price: $2,975.00 (1 Bids)
Honda Express Moped - 1977 - Yellow - !!! CashInPerson

Honda Express Moped - 1977 - Yellow - !!!

Price: $299.00 (0 Bids)
Yamaha Majesty, 50mpg, Silver Scooter MOCC

Yamaha Majesty,  50mpg,  Silver Scooter

Price: $1,200.00 (0 Bids)
2013 Honda FSC600 Silverwing New PayPal

2013 Honda FSC600 Silverwing New

Price: $6,999.00 (0 Bids)
VINTAGE 1961 150 VESPA SCOOTER (RESTORED) MOCC

VINTAGE 1961 150 VESPA SCOOTER (RESTORED)

Price: $2,600.00 (0 Bids)
2008 Suzuki Burgman 650 MOCC

2008 Suzuki Burgman 650

Price: $4,300.00 (0 Bids)
VESPA P200E MOCC

VESPA P200E

Price: $310.00 (32 Bids)
1960 Lamretta Scooter -restored MOCC

1960 Lamretta Scooter -restored

Price: $2,000.00
Buy It Now: $7,500.00
1963 Vespa GS160 MKII Vintage Scooter PayPal

1963 Vespa GS160 MKII Vintage Scooter

Price: $7,525.00 (64 Bids)
VESPA SCOOTER 1979 VINTAGE P200E PayPal

VESPA SCOOTER 1979 VINTAGE P200E

Price: $2,000.00 (0 Bids)
2 2011 Honda Ruckus Scooters MOCC

2 2011 Honda Ruckus Scooters

Price: $2,550.00 (51 Bids)
Orange 1993 HONDA Elite Scooter CH 80cc PayPal

Orange 1993 HONDA Elite Scooter CH 80cc

Price: $399.99 (0 Bids)
TaoTao 2013 Blue Thunder 50 PayPal

TaoTao 2013 Blue Thunder 50

Price: $1,400.00 (0 Bids)
2009 Honda Ruckus Dorbyworks Clean Title Video Link Below PersonalCheck

2009 Honda Ruckus Dorbyworks Clean Title Video Link Below

Price: $6,200.00 (0 Bids)
2004 honda reflex 250cc MOCC

2004 honda reflex 250cc

Price: $1,400.00 (0 Bids)
Vespa GT 125cc Grandturismo Piaggio 1966 MOCC

Vespa GT 125cc Grandturismo Piaggio 1966

Price: $1,200.00 (0 Bids)
New 150 cc Gas Scooter FREE SHIPPING MOCC

New 150 cc Gas Scooter FREE SHIPPING

Price: $899.00 (0 Bids)