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Mopeds and Scooters for Sale

Mopeds and Scooters for Sale

When buying a moped or scooter, you can find it quite tough to know what to look out for. As you might be aware, scooters and mopeds can be interchangeable terms. Most of the time, a moped is anything listed at or under 50cc in engine power. A scooter can be anything from a 50cc engine to 750cc engine. So, that can be quite confusing for newcomers. However, for the most part, you can use both terms more or less interchangeably. That should help you to know what you are looking for when it comes to buying mopeds and scooters for sale.

With so many choices to look at, though, we want to try and break down some of the most important factors in buying a scooter. Let's take a look, then, and work out what you should have your eye on when it comes to buying a modern moped or scooter model.

If you are new to this marketplace then it can be quite a confusing purchase to make. Hopefully, this guide should give you a good idea of the things to think about before you go and make the purchase.

Are you legally permitted on the road?

So the first thing to look at is whether or not you can actually go on the road with your scooter. Many people make the mistake of going on the road whilst driving a scooter without actually having the correct license. For example, owning a car driving license is not enough to give you the right to go on the road with a bike.

To go on the road with a moped or scooter, you need to have your provisional or full bike driving license. Once you have achieved that license, you are then permitted to go and take on your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). This takes you around one full day, and will give you all the help that you need to learn how to drive a scooter safely and professionally.

It's for that reason that many people are looking to buy a scooter and head out onto the road with it as soon as they can. If you are the owner of a CBT, then you can take it on the road - that is not a problem. However, you cannot go on motorways, or have a passenger.

How fast do you wish to go?

Above, we mentioned briefly above the engine power you are permitted to drive. While you can go up to 125cc on the right CBT and the right license, you cannot go any higher than this. For the most part, though, drivers of a moped and scooter style of vehicle will be happy with either 50cc or 125cc.

For a 50cc model, you can normally hit speeds of around 28-30mph. It does depend on the model, but the vast majority are going to be at 28mph. This is more than fast enough for scooting around locally and going to the store etc. - you often cannot go much faster than 30mph in pedestrian areas anyway.

That is a big reason why so many people will look to go and look at mopeds and scooters for sale. They want something fast yet affordable that they can drive around town. However, if you go up to the 125cc range then you are likely to notice that you can hit speeds as high as 60mph.

That is a big jump in speed levels, so you should think about that before you go any further. How fast are you happy to drive at?

Where will you drive to?

Another factor that you should look into is where you actually intend to drive. This is very important to work out, as many people will buy a 50cc engine and then find out they are not suited to leaving town. 50ccs are typically not safe to drive on a motorway. While it is legal, you are nowhere near fast enough for most motorway driving needs. As such, we recommend that if you intend on using your moped and scooter for leaving town then you should definitely look to go and buy a different model.

Mopeds and scooters come for sale in various sizes and styles, so buy one suited to the lifestyle that you intend to lead. If you are thinking of heading out of town, then go for a 125cc model. If you are looking for a 50cc engine, then you should be aware that you will find leaving town on motorways quite tough.

Just be sure to always drive at a pace and style that you can feel genuinely comfortable with. Don't push it, or you could actively put you and other drivers at risk - and who would want to do that?

What can you afford to drive?

Lastly, you should take a look at the price of both the model and how much it costs to run. As you might be aware, driving a 50cc model is going to be about as cheap as it gets. Even with a 125cc model, though, you could be pulling in as much as 100 miles per gallon of petrol. For those who are worried about racking up petrol costs, this is just what you need to try and keep your driving nice and affordable.

You should always look to buy a vehicle in your price range, too. While you can often get scooter finance, you should always be happy with the price you are being asked to pay for a model. If you intend on buying new for a 50cc or 125cc moped or scooter for sale, you should have a budget of around £1,000 in mind. You will likely need to go higher, but the £1,000 mark should easily help you to get started on finding a model that you can afford to drive and to buy.

With all of this in mind, then, you might just find it easier to locate a moped that you would be happy to drive around on. Where, then, will you start your search?