A brand-new scooter can run you just under $1,000 for a super cheap, low-quality version and tops $11,000 for a beast of an engine. The price all depends on the size, engine, features, and of course, build quality. If you are interested in the prices of scooters, I am assuming you are tossing around the idea of buying a scooter. I went through this process when buying my scooters. To help you, I have listed the prices of scooters, and I have added some other cost considerations to help you budget for your scooter that I have learned along the way.
Of the most reputable motor scooter brands, the middle of the road costs for those with a 50cc engine is $2,000 with $2,500 between the lowest and highest cost models. The 100-200cc sized scooters are on average $2,900 with the difference between the lowest and highest being $3,600. The median for scooters over 200cc is $6,600, but the difference in price between the highest and lowest is $7,000. The brand, component quality, engine size, and built-in features influence the individual prices.
Scooter Price Summary:
|Engine Size |
|Mid-Range Cost||Lowest Cost||Highest Cost||Difference-Highest To Lowest|
The refreshing thing is that what you see is what you get. When you are shopping for a car, there are a lot of options to decide within the models, but scooters are a bit more straight forward as far as their standard costs go.
However, there are still plenty of decisions on size, style, carbureted versus electronic fuel injection, and more, but the field and choices are not quite as large. However, if you are new to scooters, the details below can help steer you to find the right scooter in your budget without forgetting those ‘extra’ costs that are easy to forget when you are in the middle of the scooter-buying excitement.
- Quick Summary of Engine Sizes
- Before We Dig into the Actual Prices
- The 50cc List (~30 mph range)
- 100-200cc List (45-60 mph range)
- Greater than 200cc List (Highway Friendlier Options)
- Why the Price Variations Between Models?
- Other Cost to Expect at the Dealership
- Long Term Cost Considerations
- Additional Items You’ll Want Right Away When You Buy a Scooter
- Ways to Save Money on a Scooter
- Wrap it Up
- Happy Riding!
Quick Summary of Engine Sizes
The information in this article is based on categorizing engine sizes. This helps compare the scooters within the buckets of use that they serve based solely on the size of their engine. The size of the engine is expressed in cubic centimeters referred to as cc. This is simply a measurement of how much air and fuel mixture is used to propel your scooter forward. The bigger the number, the faster the scooter can go. If you know this already, feel free to skip this section.
When you see 50cc, these are mostly speed restricted to 30mph with a low horsepower engine. These scooters will be useful only on roads with low speed limits and minimal hills. These are most appropriate for populated cities or very touristy areas with low speed limits. There are a few that go beyond this speed, and there is the possibility of removing the speed restriction. Read this article to go deeper into this discussion.
The 100-200cc size will suit you if you have hills a 50cc can not handle, or you are looking for speeds in the 50mph ranges. These scooters are not quite freeway safe to keep up with speeding traffic, but they can handle more suburban roads.
If you go beyond the 200cc size engine when you buys a scooter, you are able to get on a freeway to cruise around. You will be able to tackle hills or speed of any of the roads you may encounter when out and about scooting. Scooters max out at 650cc at which point they are approaching the engine capacity of a motorcycle.
With that covered, let us move into the prices.
Before We Dig into the Actual Prices
There are a few things to keep in mind as you browse the pricing information.
- Know that prices could vary based on your location and season.
- All of the prices are for standard features for that make and model. Some models have upgrades such as ‘Sport’, ‘Touring’, and more that are not included here to keep it simple.
- Also, there are other what feels like extra charges you can expect to pay that I walk through at the bottom.
- I have categorized the scooter by engine size range by small at 50cc, medium at 125-200cc, and large at 200+. You will see the estimated top speed ranges in the category title, as well, as a frame of reference.
- Inside of the engine size categories, each scooter is listed in ascending order from the cheapest to most expensive.
- MSRP = Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price
- ‘i’ designations in the model name indicate electronic fuel injection, but a scooter with fuel injection may not actually get that designation. It is all up to the manufacturers, so I have labeled all models with an asterisk * to help.
- Prices are as of September 2020.
The 50cc List (~30 mph range)
For the most part, you will be in the 50cc range if you are going to stay around 30 mph without too many steep hills in your commute. Towards the higher end of the category, you will see a few more bells and whistles. For example, there is a Kymco Like 50 for $2,000 and electronic fuel injected version available under the Kymco Like 50i for an extra $600.
|Lance||Cali classic 50||$1,799|
|Kymco||Super 8 50X||$1,999|
|Vespa||Sprint 50 *||$4,099|
100-200cc List (45-60 mph range)
If your commute has a lot of hills with the speed limit under 30, this category is the place to be. If your roads are consistently in the 45mph range, you will get a lot of mileage in this category, also.
Note that the scooters MSRP can be quite broad between each engine size category. Vespas are the most expensive due to their components like metal body pieces, and features of the scooters can drive some of this. Features that influence the price include electronic fuel injection, built-in anti-theft components, and safety features such as anti-lock braking (ABS) systems.
Last note here, but the models have the engine size cc in the name. However, sometimes the manufacturers are rounding. An example of this is the Lance 200cc models that are actually advertised as 169cc. You have to admit it does not sound as awesome to call something the Havana 169 over a Havana 200, and you are still getting the bump up from the 150cc class.
|Lance||Cali Classic 125||$2,199|
|Genuine||Buddy Kick 125i*||$3,199|
|Lance||Italia Classic 150||$2,299|
|Kymco||Super 8 150X||$2,299|
|Genuine||Grand Tourer 150||$2,995|
|Kymco||Like 150i ABS*||$2,999|
|Lance||Cali Classic 200i*||$2,899|
|Sym||Fiddle III 200i*||$3,099|
Greater than 200cc List (Highway Friendlier Options)
These scooters should get you wherever you need to go. All the scooters in this engine size range will be able to handle the freeway if your scootering will put you on one.
This section was intended to handle all scooters over 200cc, but the smallest engine size beyond that limit is 300cc as you will see in the models listed in the price list.
Also, notice that this group of scooters has a large variance from the lowest to the highest cost, but there are plenty of affordable options that overlap with the smaller scooter size ranges.
|Kymco||X-Town 300i ABS*||$4,499|
|Sym||Citycom S 300i*||$4,999|
|Sym||Wolf CR 300i*||$4,999|
|Suzuki||Burgman 650 Exec*||$11,049|
Why the Price Variations Between Models?
As you can see, there is a lot of price variation even when you account for motor size. There are quite a few factors that influence the price of a scooter, so below is a list of quick-hit reasons.
You may notice that Vespas tend to have the highest prices within the engine size categories. The body of Vespas are made of metal and in a way that is called a unibody. The body is the frame. All of their models have the electronic-fuel injection. They have a reputation for lasting longer, as well. All of this is indicated in their pricing and is definitely on the higher end compared to their competitors in the same engine size class.
Other Cost to Expect at the Dealership
Tax, Title & License Fees
I believe other locales may refer to this as registration fees, but you get the idea. Your state may have a sales tax, and then your county likely has their hand out, too, for road maintenance and such.
Sometimes you will see a handling fee, as well. An example I discovered was a $380 destination charge that Honda includes as you see during a standard car buying experience. Looking at my invoice, I see a title fee, shipping, and preparation fee included on my Genuine Buddy Kick. Just be prepared to tack some sort of fees on top of the prices listed above. Maybe expecting it will help you keep your sanity.
Long Term Cost Considerations
The larger the engine size, the more fuel the engine will consume. The scooters in the 100 miles per gallon range are not found on a 350cc scooter. This does not directly impact your cost at the time of purchase, but this can improve your long-term costs
Do your research and buy a reputable brand. Those scooters you find in the sub-$1,000 range are notorious for mechanical problems. My local scooter mechanics are busy, and they will not “waste their time on that garbage.” You will notice those brands are not included in the price lists above. For a reason.
Along these same lines, the higher priced scooters are known to have higher maintenance costs. For example, Vespa mechanics are certified, and getting them serviced is a bit higher. I think of it like knowing that if I were to buy a Mercedes, my maintenance is higher. Higher is relative because scooter repairs and maintenance are considerably cheaper than an automobile, though!
Additional Items You’ll Want Right Away When You Buy a Scooter
You do not need a lot of accessories as soon as you buy a scooter, but there are a few to budget for as you they pertain to your safety and your scooter’s security.
I know some folks do not suit up in protective gear from head to toe, but do not play around by riding off without a helmet. A gear requirement is a helmet.
Beyond the helmet, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends gear designed for motorcycle protection including the helmet, face shield or goggles, boots, gloves, jacket, and pants.
Riding a scooter is a balancing act (pun intended) between enjoyment and safety. You decide your risk and your protective needs and plan for this in the budget.
Where will you park your scooter? Did you know a couple of guys can roll your scooter away in less than a minute? More detailed security considerations can be found here, but there are a few items that you may need immediately when you make your purchase.
If it will be in a secure garage, no accessory is needed before you scoot off into the sunset.
If you are parking your scooter in the open, consider looking at the following options with a combination of at least 2 for the best scooter security:
- Scooter cover
- Disc brake locks
- Chain and lock
You will need to get liability insurance at a minimum for your scooter. You might also be interested in comprehensive coverage in case your beautiful new scoot wanders off. When you compare the cost to standard automobile coverage, you will find it to be much more reasonable. Just remember to add it in as a cost you will need to account for when you actually decide to buy a scooter. Check out this article where I go through specific insurance details to help you estimate what scooter insurance will run you.
Ways to Save Money on a Scooter
Step one to spending as little as possible to purchase something would be to look at your used options. If you can find one in good shape, that is a quick way to score a deal. I would specifically target those that are 1 to 2 years old. I personally live in a market where there are not a lot of scooters, though, and I have run across some gently used options up to 5 years old.
Just like every other market, the laws of supply and demand will either hurt or prop your negotiation efforts. There has been a surge in scooter demand, so I would not count on getting a scooter for significantly below the manufacturer’s pricing. However, it certainly cannot hurt to try to do a bit of negotiating. Are you buying in cash?
My husband and I purchased a scooter at the same time. It did not even occur to us to ask for a discount for buying 2, but the dealer cut $100 off for buying more than 1. A bulk discount at the scooter dealership was news to us, but we were happy to see it after looking at all those fees.
Do Not Buy More Than You Need
The size of the scooter’s engine is a big driver in the overall price of the scooter. If you do not see yourself needing to get up to freeway speeds, you might be covered with a 150cc scooter. There is some overlap in the categories, but if you go with a smaller sized scooter, you might find that to be a quick way to save a little cash in the scooter-buying process.
Wrap it Up
Please chime in with your costs when you bought a scooter. I would like to keep this updated and relevant for anyone looking for a general price for their scooters. I will be sure to incorporate the comments periodically to keep this information fresh for would-be scooterists.