How Much Does a Scooter Cost?
A scooter, often referred to as a motorcycle or moped, can come in many various forms such as an electric, gas, or even one that is powered by the feet. Because a motor scooter does not require the use of your feet, many are legalized to use on the roads in the United States. Classic scooters that do not use gas have a flat floorboard that requires the use of your feet. The cost of a scooter is going to greatly vary depending on the type of scooter, the features, brand, condition and dealer you purchase from.
How much is it?
- A manual scooter that does not require any electricity or gas generally range anywhere from $20 to as much as $140. A common brand such as Razor sells their scooters in this price range.
- For example, the Razor A Kick Scooter retails for $26 to $78. Another popular model such as the Razor A2 Kick Scooter retails for $38 to $67.
- An electric scooter that does not require the use of your feet can range anywhere from $99 to $550. Electric scooters that do not have a seat usually cost anywhere from $99 to $300, while a scooter with a seat can cost upwards of $300 to $600.
- A popular electric scooter such as the Razor E200 retails for $153 to $220. This particular model reaches speeds up to 12 MPH and can last up to 45 minutes on each charge.
- Gas scooters that are commonly found on the road tend to be the most when it comes to pricing. On average, a gas scooter can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,500. Smaller scooters that are not meant to be on the road are going to cost less compared to those that can be equipped for the road.
- A 50cc scooter is going to cost around $800 to $2,500, while a 250cc scooter is going to cost upwards of $5,500 brand new.
- The X-Treme XG-550 gas powered scooter retails for $479 to $550, while the Super Turbo 800watt Elite with a seat retails for $449 to $520.
Factors that influence the price:
- Engine. The moped could have a fuel-motored engine. It could also have an electric motor engine. Each engine can affect the price.
- Fuel Capacity. There are different mopeds with various fuel capacities. It could range from 50cc up to 300cc.
- Tire Size. Besides the fuel capacity, mopeds vary in prices depending on the tire size you desire. Your moped could have a tire size of 8”, 10”, 12”, 13” or 16”.
What are the extra costs?
- A scooter helmet will be necessary in order to protect yourself from accidents. If you are going to purchase a scooter for road travels, some states will require a helmet by law. Helmets can cost anywhere from $22 to $300.
- Gloves are ideal for those that are going to travel in cooler temperatures. Not only that, gloves are going to protect your hands from over use on the handles while driving.
- Gas powered scooters on the road will be no different than an automobile. Because of this, items such as registration and insurance will be required to legally use it. Insurance is not that much with a scooter and can range anywhere from $70 to $200 annually.
- Purchasing a newer scooter from a dealer can add additional fees such as putting gas in it, assembling it, and more.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the scooter, most are going to come assembled by the manufacturer. Larger gas powered scooters will be shipped directly to your home, while smaller scooters designed for children can be shipped straight to your doorstep.
- Scooters purchased directly from the dealer may include a first time tune up, battery charge, as well as full tank of gas.
- Most name brands will come with limited warranties that can last up to a lifetime.
How can I save money?
- Used and new scooters can be found on many various eCommerce sites online such as Amazon and eBay. Check out these sites before meeting with a dealer in person. Dealerships are generally going to try to sell you equipment that is not necessary.
- Before buying the scooter, you should know the actual price. Usually, salesmen offer the price excluding other charges like tax, on the road charges, fuel, etc.
- Haggle as much as possible. Discounting is never irrelevant when it comes to moped shopping. Dealers are eager to close a deal so they knock a bit off the price.
- If you can’t afford the latest model of moped, try buying refurbished mopes. They are cheaper alternatives. Hence, you also have the option to buy second-hand mopes.
- If you want to save on the fuel, purchase an electric moped instead. You won’t have to worry about your fuel budget because it doesn’t need any fuel.