What is the best scooter for a low budget?

by Anonymous

I know this is a get what you pay for industry... but I have a REALLY low budget for a scooter... $1200-1300 is my MAX. That has to include everything!

It has to be able to go a minimum of 50 mph. I'm just looking for something for short distance trips (less than 5 miles). I was looking at BMS scooters but after hearing all this stuff about Chinese scooters has me worried.

Any suggestions for my price range? I know it's low but is there one low budget brand better than the others?

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Jan 13, 2011
Inexpensive Scooters
by: Anonymous

Dear Anon from Somewhere (I was there in 1987. Nice place.)
If you have been reading along with the messages that come to this site you will see that who you buy from is as important as what you buy. Dealers are very important. You want reliability. You want someone who has been in business and has a good reputation. You didn't say whether you are a good mechanic or not. If not you want a repair person near your home.
The scooters made in China have improved greatly in the last few years. They are inexpensive and in my experience of good value. My mechanic is very impressed with the quality of my Chinese scooter, saying it was comparable to the Japanese and Taiwanese scooters. I don't hesitate to recommend them. Keep us posted.

Jan 12, 2011
by: Jim Zeiser

Look on Craigslist for used Japanese or Taiwan brand scooters if you believe the knock on China scoots. If not a Flyscooter La Vie or Lance Milan can be found used for under $1000. They're the same scooter, will do what you want and are generally reliable.

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