Need some tips on buying a new moped?
moped on Ebay? READ THE WARRANTY!
Therapy has looked at pretty much
all the brands of scooters on the market now, and we only try to sell
the best quality for a fair price. We have found the Kymco and Genuine
be very high quality. There are many other scooters manufactured
that are copies of quality name brand scooters.
of these copies are very
poor quality sold at prices from $995 and up. You
you pay for.
been contacted by MANY people lately that
have purchased these poor quality mopeds on line or at a retail store,
only to have them break down almost immediately. Several have had
complete engine meltdowns in the first 200 miles. One fellow was told
his bike was one day out of the 30 day warranty, so tough beans.
Two others had crankshaft failures, only to be told by the
selling dealer that they could not repair the bike, they should bring
it to us and pay to repair it. MANY dealers selling these
mopeds WILL NOT repair what they sell.
A shop in town selling these mopeds will send you 90 miles away for any
repairs, saying they are just an "agent" for another shop.
Tomos is about the cheapest moped
you can get that is worth buying, at $1100.00 plus tax and title fees.
The engines are very strong but they offer few convenience
features, such as storage and electric start, like Kymco and Genuine. The
Honda and Yamaha scooters are also very
good quality, the price of parts is very high however.
Make sure you purchase from a reputable
dealer that gives you a manufacture certificate of origin. If you
do not get that certificate, you cannot get a title and license plate
There are some brands that make almost the same vehicle in different
and the quality produced varies greatly. Some dealers have
good product and service, and others selling a very similar appearing
do not, so please shop and compare carefully.
you are going to purchase a moped
you better make SURE you are getting a FULL warranty, parts AND labor.
Many warranties state "if you send us the defective part,
AND we determine it is warrant able, we will send you a replacement
part for YOU to install on YOUR moped. " In other words, owner
pays freight, all labor costs to diagnose and repair. All the seller
loses is a cheap part.
of today, we have over 10
counterfeit mopeds here, none with over 600 miles, that are owned by
folks that cannot afford to repair them, (they were just purchased!)
and are left here for
dead. Not a very good bargain.
If you are buying a motor vehicle and it does not
have at LEAST a 6 month warranty, you may as well throw your
in the toilet. A quality moped will have at least a 6 month, many
a one or two year warranty. Not a "30 day parts only" scam
Kymco and Genuine 2 years. Full warranty.)
I talked to a fellow
last week that needed a new battery, the one in his new bike was no
He called the place it was purchased and they told him the battery had
two week warranty. Two weeks? Why even bother.
Please use caution
buying from an internet store selling mopeds. The scooter may
to have the same features and look just like a quality brand, but if it
looks to good to be true, you know it probably is. Good
trying to get your money back.
Randy Knudson, Owner
Update! Scooter Therapy can get parts for many of the bikes
refered to in this article. Please
call us to make sure we will work on your moped brand before you bring
it in. The main lines that we do repair? Kymco, TGB, Yamaha,
Honda, Genuine, Tomos, Bajaj.