Scooters from China
I use the term "cheap scooter" not to be judgmental in any way. I use it because it's a popular search term. How popular? Try 58,672 searches a month! This site is meant to be found. As such, I sprinkle wording throughout it that is aligned with how people search for information about scooters.
I think I provide valuable information about Chinese scooters on this site and I want people to be able to find it. In addition, I don't think of the word cheap as having a negative connotation.
I often search the Web for "cheap" products. I love to save money too!
So I hope that helps my readers understand better why I use the words I do.
Chinese scooters are probably one of the most inexpensive ways to join the scooter revolution. You can find cheap motor scooters made in China both online and locally in shops and storefronts almost everywhere. Seems like everyone wants to cash in on this trendy movement.
A lot of these Chinese motor scooters are pretty sharp looking too! BUT... and this is a big "but", the old adage, "You get what you pay for" can be very true when it comes to a China gas scooter.
When I first started looking at scooters back in 2007, I heard a lot of bad things about Chinese motor scooters. But as this site has grown, I've come to realize that there truly is a market for these cheap little scooters.
People want them and they're going to keep buying them... because it's hard to ignore a price that is a half to a third of what you'll pay for a non-China made scooter.
I've also come to realize that you can buy a motor scooter made in China and be happy with its performance too... provided you are willing to do what it takes to get and keep it running. I have some readers on this site who have done just that and are extremely happy with their purchases.
My readers have contributed a lot of great information here on Chinese motor scooters, so I put together this "Chinese scooter hub" to help you find the information...
Understanding Chinese Scooters
This is Jim, a very happy Chinese motor scooter owner!
A Chinese made scooter won't be for everyone, but if you think it might be the right choice for you, then be sure to do your due diligence... to research all the issues... before you buy. Truly understand what your purchase money will get you, and know what to expect.
Here are some facts to consider...
Chinese made scooters are cheap to buy because they are cheaply made. Don't let a great price blind you. Make sure you know what you're getting and why it's so cheap.
You better be willing to tinker or know a great scooter mechanic. When Chinese motor scooters arrive at your house (or at the local dealer, if you go that route), there are going to be things that need fixing, before you ride your first mile. And there IS going to be wear and tear that breaks the cheap parts down, pretty quick. So knowing how to prevent and fix problems is going to be essential, if you want to keep your scooter running and avoid injury.
Some Chinese scooter manufacturers are better than others. Some manufacturers just use cheap parts, while others actually try to rip off unsuspecting buyers by substituting fluids that aren't real, parts that don't work, putting them together wrong, etc. Again, know what you're getting into and who you're buying from. Do your research.
Scooter styling is nice, but it's not the be-all and end-all. When you fall in love with how a scooter looks, it's easy to forget that how it runs is what's most important. So don't be blinded by scooter beauty... make sure the scooter you want is really the best choice for you.
Probably one of the best ways to get what you want from a Chinese scoot is to buy locally from a scooter dealer who's willing to work closely with you. If they offer reliable scooter maintenance and repair services — rather than just acting as a sales broker for the manufacturer/importer — it's ideal.
If you can't find a dealer like that or you decide to buy online or get a used scooter from an individual, then you're definitely going to have to learn how to do the mechanical maintenance and preventive servicing yourself. That's the only way you'll keep that cheap scooter running for the long term.