Purchasing a Moped: Four Important Details to Consider
Buying a moped can be a great experience whether it is for yourself or someone else you know such as your teenage child. Mopeds are a great way to get around town and can also be great for going to work if you live in a city since they are cheap on gasoline. There are a lot of different things you need to consider however before you buy your first moped so that you do not waste your money or find yourself regretting the decision. Here are four things you should consider before you buy your first moped based on my own personal experience.
1. The first aspect about buying a moped you need to consider is who the moped will be for and this is the most important detail. If you are buying a moped for yourself and you are an adult then you are likely to be willing to spend more money on it whereas if it was for a family member, you might not want to spend $1,000 or more on it. This is important to think about because you might be looking for a specific design, feature or style for yourself or someone else you are buying it for and everyone has their own style preferences. Knowing who you are buying the moped for will also go into the other aspects you will have to consider before your purchase and it is a good starting point before shelling out the money. In my situation, my father was buying the moped for me so he was looking at the size, weight and cost before anything else since these are more important for a teenager and for him as a parent.
2. After you figured out who the moped will be purchased for you also need to think about how much the moped will be driven. If you are purchasing it for yourself you will need to think about whether or not it is just something to drive up to the store or if you plan on using the moped to drive to work in the nice weather. This is important because you do not want to be spending a lot of money on a moped if you are not going to be riding it very often because that would just be a waste of money. If you are buying the moped for your teenager then consider how often he or she will be riding it, and whether or not it will be an alternative to a car or bus. It is important to have it thought out in your mind how often the moped will be used because you then have to think about parts, general upkeep and everything else associated with the moped. If you plan on using the moped at least a few times each week then you have to consider the cost of gas, oil, general upkeep and whether or not the cost would be worth it for your intentions. For me personally, I knew I was going to ride the moped to school on nice days and a lot for general errands so I knew this would be a great investment.
3. You also need to think about whether you want a used moped or a new moped and whether you want gas or electric. There are a lot of different brands and styles of mopeds on the market and some of the best mopeds are the classic older models. Buying used might also be a better idea if you are buying it for a family member or your teenage child because of the simple fact they might wreck it or not take care of the upkeep and it could get ruined easily. Figuring out who the moped is for and how much the moped will be driven are all factors that help you determine whether to buy a new or used moped. If you are buying the moped for yourself then you might want to go all out and buy a new electric model if that is something you are interested in. Generally if you are buying the moped for you or you have interest in riding it frequently then you will be more likely to buy a new moped even if it costs a little more. Cost also plays a factor in whether or not you want a used model or a new model, because the new moped are always going to be more expensive. If you are unsure of how often you will ride the moped you might consider buying a gently used model for half the cost of a new one, until you know how often it is getting used in your home. Some people also prefer newer designs and styles as opposed to the older and more classic styles, so it just really depends on what your personal expectations are. For me, my father bought me a new moped which was about $900 after sales taxes but that is because I needed a smaller design that was more lightweight since I am short, and the newer model matched those needs better. He also wanted me to have a new one because he knew I would be riding it a lot and that it would get a lot of use, which in turn would pay for itself in a matter of a few months.
4. Lastly, before you consider even purchasing a moped it is wise to look up the laws in your state regarding how mopeds are classified and what courses or licenses you will need. Some states say that anything over a 50 cc engine is considered a motorcycle, which requires a separate and valid license. There are also a lot of rules regarding where you can and cannot ride your moped such as on highways, streets, bike paths and so forth which you will need to look into. It would be very bad if you bought a moped only to find out that you cannot ride the moped on the street like a normal vehicle, especially if you planned on riding it to work or school. You also want to know the laws and regulations to your state because you want to make sure you buy a moped with a small enough engine that it is classified as a moped by your state government. Some states might also require you to have certain training courses or a take a written examination before you are street legal with your moped, so you want to make sure you are following the codes and laws in your area. When I purchased my moped at 14, I knew I had to take a written test and a driving test so that I could get a special license specifically for the moped. It is important to also factor in the costs associated with the tests and license, title and other fees required by your state so that you know how much you have to actually spend on the moped itself. Also keep in mind that depending upon where you live, you might have to have insurance on your moped as well and this might sway your decision about buying a moped all together.