The Top 3 Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Gas Scooter

The Top 3 Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Gas Scooter

By Kathi MacNaughton

Gas scooters have become quite popular since the price of gas skyrocketed a few years ago. At 80 to 100 miles per gallon gas mileage, it’s easy to understand why. Buying a scooter is also several thousand dollars cheaper than buying even an economy car, so it’s a great way to get started with a motorized vehicle for someone who’s never had one before.

Unfortunately, many people make poor choices when purchasing gas scooters, and they live to regret their purchases. Scan any Craigslist regional website and you will see dozens of scooters listed for resale. Some of these failed scooter owners just found that scooter riding wasn’t for them. Perhaps they didn’t like the feel of the wind (or rain) against their skin. Or they felt unsafe on the roads, as compared to all the larger vehicles.

It is likely, though, that many of these people might have found that they could be successful scooter owners, had they made a better choice of gas scooter in the first place. So this article will discuss some of the most common mistakes people make when choosing a scooter to buy.

The #1 mistake is choosing a scooter based totally on looks. Having a scooter that looks “cool” won’t make it the right choice for you. There are so many other things to consider, such as engine size based on your driving needs, how well it fits you, and how closely the features and benefits of a particular scooter match your needs and preferences. If you choose a scooter just because you liked its color or its racy styling, then you may later find you wish you had made a different choice.

Another common mistake is being entranced by a cheap price. Sure, we all love a bargain, but you need to understand that with scooters, as with most things, you do get what you pay for. If you pick up a gas scooter for a few hundred dollars, there is probably a reason why. And that reason could be that it is made with substandard parts that are put together wrong. This is common with scooters purchased online or from China. Even these cheap scooters can be tweaked to run just fine and to last for many thousands of miles, though. But you’ll need to know how and be willing to work on the scooter from the get go, or to have a scooter mechanic you can count on to do the work for you. If you are not prepared to do either of those things, then stick with the more expensive, more well-known and more reliable brands like Genuine, Yamaha, or Honda.

The third mistake is not making sure you’re buying from a reputable scooter dealer. There are a lot of shysters out there in the gas scooter market these days. They’ll be happy to sell you a cheap scooter that they have no intention of guaranteeing will ever run. They won’t honor whatever warranty they may have offered, nor will they even respond to your emails or anxious phone calls. Your best bet is to buy locally from a dealer you have checked out, both with a visit to the dealership and by looking for reviews online. But if you do buy online, then make sure you’ve thoroughly researched the seller before you slap down your hard-earned cash.

Even if you’re only spending a couple of thousand dollars on a scooter, you want to be sure you make the best buying decision possible. So don’t let looks, price or easy access sway you, unless you are really sure that the gas scooter you have chosen is the best buy for you.

Kathi MacNaughton is an avowed & passionate gas motor scooter lover. To get great scooter tips, answers to your scooter questions and tons of detailed motor scooter reviews, visit

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