Here we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions to make purchasing a scooter as easy as posible for you and to ensure you have all the facts to hand.
How old do I have to be to ride a scooter?
At 16 you can ride up to a 50cc scooter, restricted to 30 mph, providing you have a provisional license, passed a CBT and display L Plates, but you cannot take a passenger on the back.
Can I ride a scooter with a full car license?
Yes, you can ride up to a 50cc scooter without taking any test providing you have held a full license before February 2001. You do not have to display L Plates and you can take a passenger on the back. However, if you want to ride up to a 125cc machine, you need: the Category A on your license, to pass a CBT and display L Plates. You cannot take a passenger on the back. There are now also certain models in the Piaggio range with larger cc engines which are classed as trikes and can therefore be ridden with just a car license. See the Piaggio YourBan / MP3 page for further details.
How do I get a provisional license?
Go to the Post Office and ask for an application form. It is a good idea to send it recorded delivery.
What is a CBT?
This is Compulsory Basic Training. It is a one day course and covers: basic safety, security, Highway Code and how the scooter functions. You are shown how to drive the scooter off road and then you will spend a couple of hours with an instructor on the road using radio controlled helmets.
How do I arrange a CBT?
We can arrange the CBT for you in with your package if purchasing a scooter from us.
What do I need when I buy a bike?
Apart from the bike, you will need insurance, a CBT (not always required - see above), a helmet and gloves. There are also other accessories which we would recommend including a motorcycle jacket, trousers or waterproofs.
What insurance cover do you offer?
At 16, if you were to take out insurance without a dealer subsidy, it could be quite expensive. However we often have some very competitive manufacturer subsidised insurance - sometimes free! Check out our insurance section for the latest offers, or we will be happy to give you further information if you contact us.
How much is the road fund license?
It starts at £17 for a 49cc.
When does it need an MOT?
MOT requirements are the same as a car and needed after the first three years and then yearly afterwards.
Does it come with a warranty?
Yes, we are main dealers and all new bikes carry a minimum of 12 months warranty and some up to three years. You can also purchase extended warranty on our used vehicles.
What does de-restricted mean?
A 50cc scooter comes from the manufacturer restricted. This means the bike will not go faster than 30 mph. If you are 17 or over with a full bike license or you have a provisional or full car license, then you can have the bike de-restricted. The restrictors on the bike are taken out; also a rear number plate light is fitted (the bike is no longer classed as a moped and the light is required by law). The bike will usually travel between 10 and 20mph faster.
Do you arrange servicing?
Yes, we have a full service and repair facility including insurance work. We have top qualified technicians.
Is finance available?
Yes, subject to status.
At what age can i take out finance?
At 18 years of age you can take out finance if you are in full time employment and are on the electoral role. However under 21 you may need an indemnitor. If you are under 18 it may be possible to put the finance in a parent or guardian name with their consent.
What deposit do I need?
It is up to you, most people pay £100 minimum. We can tailor a finance package to meet your requirements.
Can I pay off the finance payments early?
Yes, if you do, then you will receive a rebate on a percentage of the total charges.
With regard to fuel, how economical are scooters?
Most scooters hold about £5 of petrol (unleaded) and can provide up to 100 miles per gallon.
How often does it have to be serviced?
This can also vary according to make and model. Most scooters have to be serviced every 3-5000 kilometers or once a year.
Are spares easy to obtain?
Aprilia, Gilera and Piaggio, Derbi, Vespa and spare parts are usually readily available.
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