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I've coped without a car for a long time, but now my work is 'promoting' me and I'll need to be available to work night shifts as well (I work at a hospital).<br>
I'm looking at buying a scooter as its good for the environment and cheaper to run.<br><br>
My question is- Is it better to buy a new scooter or a second hand one?<br>
If I get a new scooter will it depreciate quickly?<br>
What is the typical 'life expectancy' of a scooter?<br>
If I look at buying a second hand scooter how many Km's would be reasonable for it to have done?<br><br>
Any scooter enthusiasts? Feel free to post a photo of your scooter whilst you're at it!<br><br>
Oh.... and I didn't know which section of the forum this should go in. Sorry!
 

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I don't know the market in NZ, but generally the best buys are good clean scooters about a year old. They have had the depreciation hit, but are as good as new (providing they haven't been thrown up the road). If you get a decent brand of scooter, it will last for as long as you have it, providing you get it serviced at the correct intervals. In the UK we class around 5,000km as about average for a motorcyle, so for a scooter I would guess you should expect 3 to 4k. Over here he market is inundated with cheap Chinese imports, but you really should look at what you need from it and go from there. How long do you plan to keep it? How many miles a week do you expect to do on it? Don't forget to factor in the cost of protective gear. I only ever intended to buy a scooter, but ended up slightly bigger bike and then fell in love with motorcycling. I had 40km to go to work though. You end up with different priorities than if you are just nipping across town. Scooters are fantastic value.
 

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i have to say motorcycling is a lot of fun, and it's cheap. the biggest problem is that it's dangerous. i too have had glimmers of thoughts about how much cheaper it would be to be to drive a motorcycle. it costs me almost 20 dollars a day for gasoline back and forth to work, and that's at 3.50 per gallon.<br><br>
then i'll have a patient who is a paraplegic or a quad, and you guessed it... they had a motorcycle accident 15 years ago, and their life has been frozen in time since. they relive that accident every day.<br><br>
it's got me thinking more along the lines of picking up a used high mileage car.
 

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The biggest cause of motorcycle accidents is the rider. Too many people ride like idiots and crash. I did it when I was 17, I crashed three times. I am 38 now and haven't crashed for 20 years (providing you take club racing out the equation). Too many people don't wear the correct gear either, which makes injuries a lot worse than they ever would be.
 

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<p>Check out Genuine Brand scooters. I like the Buddy 125 <a href="http://www.genuinescooters.com/" target="_blank">http://www.genuinescooters.com/</a><br>
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Find someone with mechanical experience and check out used scooters.<br><br>
I suspect that if the compression is good, the spark plug looks fine and the fluids are the color they should be with no contaminants, you won't really have a problem with a used one.
 

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I thought about getting one, but decided against it because of the danger. The ones I was looking at got 80 mpg, but my Prius gets 50 and seats 5.<br><br><a href="http://scootdawg.proboards.com/index.cgi?" target="_blank">http://scootdawg.proboards.com/index.cgi?</a> You might find this helpful, though.
 

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I thought about getting one, but decided against it because of the danger.</div>
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Yep.<br><br>
When I complained to my husband about how far it is to my yoga class and all the gas that it takes he suggested that I get a scooter. I told him only if he rode on the back as my ***** and flashed his tits to the passer byers.
 

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I am thinking about getting one in a few months. I also have not had a car in a long time. I am just scared I will have no clue about ridding at and will waste my money.
 
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