I bought a ten year old 125cc 2-stroke scooter from a foreigner in November because I was in a fix and needed transport. I fully intended to replace it with a bigger and more reliable machine the next month but it didn’t last that long… I had it checked out by my local scooter shop, replaced a few minor things and it seemed fine. Started perfectly, ran well, no smoke or weird noises. At 10k I thought I got a pretty good deal.
After a few weeks I’d already done 3,000km+ thanks to long commutes and took it into the aforementioned shop for regular servicing. ‘Nah, you’ll be fine, doesn’t need anything’. ‘I don’t care - I still want you to check it over because I’ve been doing some serious mileage’. He taps the exhaust and says ‘looks fine to me!’ Err, yes, okay…
I didn’t have time to argue so left with a plan to have it checked out by a mechanic friend and buy a new one at the same time. Guess what? On the way to Mechanic no. 2 the engine goes pop while overtaking a lorry at 100km/h. Mechanic no. 1 is closer so I take it to him and wait two days for a repair estimate.
‘Oooh it’s gonna cost hao ji qian to fix this… but I can offer you a great trade-in deal on a brand new one!’ Okay, so we have someone who thinks I was born last Thursday. I make an excuse that I really wanted a Yamaha Majesty, which he doesn’t sell. ‘Ohh you don’t wanna buy a 150cc, they’re really unreliable and expensive to maintain.’ Yeh, and nothing to do with the fact that you only have 125s for sale? Nope, not at all. I saw he’d removed the spark plug from my old bike and it was absolutely caked in shit. I pointed out that it probably could have done with some REGULAR MAINTENANCE. Somehow the bike had also sprung an oil leak that definitely wasn’t there before. Then granny pipes up to give me a ‘super trade-in price’ of 45k for a hunk of shit toy scooter so I just leave, shaking my head in disbelief.
Fortunately a close Taiwanese friend who’s well liked in the area is putting me in touch with a decent mechanic who will sell me a more recent model and hopefully fix the old one.
The moral of the story: nnnnnggggggg Taiwanese mechanics nnnggggg.