Lately, I’ve been seeing some foreigners down here riding these good awful death traps on 2 wheels and from that I would like to pass on my piece of mind to those interested. It’s all in the interest of safety!
I got a buddy down here in Taichung who has been here for 3 years now…his first scooter cost him 10,000$nt(approx 360$CAD)…he rode that thing in and out of town for 2 years…iot was an unsafe, unregistered, slow as hell, dangerous hunk of junk…it would always misfire, puff smoke and would often never start…he bitched and complained about it all the time…my only answer to this is “You get what you pay for”…most people in Canada pay much more than 350$ for a bicycle…finally, my buddy’s scooter broke for good when the frame snapped in 2 pieces…no matter what anyone says, 10k may seem like a bargain but when it comes to reliability and safety it’s far off the mark…Would you bargain on your safety?
No personal attacks here, just my personal feelings based on my experience…We often overlook the value of the things we buy here…Many have no problems buying a top of the line lap-top or PC for 70k…but can’t manage to spend more than 10k for a scooter??
It’s safe to assume that in Taiwan, when something such as a cheap scooter is labeled as being"used, it’s not referring to it being second hand…it means that it’s literally used…has been used…and it’s useful life has long expired…I’ve seldom seen Taiwanese people buy a “used” scooter…they buy them new and treat them like crap till they don’t run anymore, at which point they sell them to a mechanic for cheap and buy another new machine…the trashed scooter then gets a small “quick fix=quick buck” job and is sold to foreigners mostly.
Many expats discount buying a new scooter because they say they are only planning to stay here for a year or so…but i’ve known lots who’ve said this and managed to stay for 4 years+…
Here’s my advice
-Spend the money for a new or relatively new scooter(new~3y/o in the 30k~60K range) -Think of safety over price. We are not invincible from injury because we are in another country. -Don't trust shops that have stacks of old parts lying around. Especially if they sell second hand scooters. -Make sure the scooter is well registered to your name and all info on the blue card corresponds to the scooter in question. _ If you plan to by second hand, give the scooter a thorough inspection before buying. Feel free to back out from a scooter that seems unsafe or inadequate. -Maintain your scooter in good condition with regular servicing. If you treat it well, it will treat you well in return.
That’s it…I hope this helps anyone who’s looking to buy a scooter in the future.