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Motor Scooter Frequently Asked Questions

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The “Serious” Stuff:

Why should I buy a motor scooter?
Why should I buy a motor scooter from New Scooters 4 Less (NS4L)?
Do I need to have a motorcycle license to drive a motor scooter?
Do I have to have a motorcycle license to purchase a scooter over 50cc?
Where can I take the motorcycle training class?
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Do I have to have insurance for my motor scooter?
How much does it cost to get my motor scooter registered?
Where is the Alachua County (Tax Collectors Office) Tag Agency?
How much is a UF parking decal for motor scooters?
Where do I go to get a UF parking decal?
How many miles will my scooter get to the gallon?
How much fuel do motor scooters hold and what type do they use
Do I need to change its oil?
How long does a motor scooter last?
Do I have to mix oil and gas?
Can you make my current motor scooter go faster?
Are there any assembly, dealer, freight, or preparatory costs when I purchase my scooter?
Do they hold more than one person?
I just have a mechanical question, can you help?
Do I have to be a NS4L customer to purchase a Maintenance Package?
Do you offer a military discount?
What should I do if I get into an accident on my scooter?
Do you rent scooters?
Do you guys sell any of those cheap $699 – $899 new scooters?
Why should I buy a scooter from New Scooters 4 Less instead of an online wholesaler?

The “Fun” Stuff:

I saw a team member at the shop that is not on the website, what gives?
What does the #RETIRED mean on some of the team pics?
Do these #RETIRED team members stay up there fo’eva!?
Do you guys really randomly close in the middle of some days for scooter rides?

 

The “Serious” Stuff


Why should I buy a motor scooter?

There are so many great reasons to buy a motor scooter. Here are the three best reasons:

1. Save money on gas. All motor scooters get great gas mileage and within a short period of time, your motor scooter will end up paying for itself!

2. You don’t have to wait for the bus. How many times have you sat at the bus stop and waited 15 minutes or more for the bus to come? Some of those times the bus passes you by because it is full! You can eliminate this problem with a motor scooter!

3. Park right outside of your classroom. Unless you are a graduate student, it is next to impossible to park a car on campus. With a motor scooter you can pull up to the outside of nearly every classroom!


Why should I buy a motor scooter from New Scooters 4 Less (NS4L)?

It is our goal to provide the very best in customer service and products. We carry a wide variety of scooters, accessories, services, and more for every budget. We guarantee that you won’t find a better product at a better price!

New Scooters 4 Less is a LICENSED dealership. There are many dealerships in Gainesville and in other areas of Florida that are not licensed dealerships! Our license number is VF/1020597/1.

We will meet and beat competitor’s prices on similar models! We want to earn your business! Just bring us the quote!

We are here to help all college students and individuals looking for a great way to get to work or around town by providing affordable transportation and scooter service.

We offer Maintenance Packages to help you protect your investment and maintain a high resale value. Maintenance Packages also give parents a peace of mind due to free pick-up services included with some of the packages. These really help in the event of a breakdown due to a flat tire, etc.

We offer the lowest service rates in town and have low flat fees on general maintenance like oil changes, etc.

Convenient Location! We are located only 2 miles from campus!

Free delivery for any Gainesville resident when they purchase a New Scooters 4 Less motor scooter!

We are committed to providing the very best value in relation to dollars received. We DO NOT carry $699 – $899 ‘cheapest of the cheap’ Chinese scooters. If we wouldn’t drive it ourselves, we won’t sell it to you. Keep this in mind when other dealerships sell you these types of scooters.


Do I need to have a motorcycle license to drive a motor scooter?

This depends on the size of the motor. (In Florida) As long as the motor scooter is under 50cc and you have a standard driver’s license, you do not need a motorcycle driver’s license. Please note that this law can vary by state, so please check with your local law enforcement agency.


Do I have to have a motorcycle license to purchase a scooter over 50cc?

We do not require you to have a motorcycle license to purchase a scooter over 50cc, however, you obviously cannot drive off the lot with it unless you have a motorcycle license. You can pick it up with a pick-up truck or we can deliver it to your Gainesville residence for free! We can also hold it for you until you obtain your motorcycle license.


Where can I take the motorcycle training class?

We recommend our good friends at Gainesville Motorcycle Safety Training! They have the very best instructors and very competitive rates!


Do I have to wear a helmet?

If you are under 21 years of age, then yes. Florida State Law requires you to wear a helmet. If you are over 21 years of age, Florida State Law does not require you to wear a helmet while riding your motor scooter as long as you have personal injury coverage of at least $10,000. However, for your safety, we highly encourage you to wear one. We stock TONS of different helmets that are all DOT (Department of Transportation) approved!

Even though you may not be required to wear a helmet, you are required to wear eye protection. A helmet with visor is best, but glasses or sunglasses are acceptable as well.


Do I have to have insurance for my motor scooter?

No. You are not required to have insurance for your motor scooter. If you are interested in getting your motor scooter insured, give us a call and we can give you information that will help. We highly encourage insurance and in most cases it is extremely affordable. If you are financing a motorcycle (a scooter over 50cc) then you will be required to have insurance in most cases.


How much does it cost to get my motor scooter registered?

Registration costs through state tag agencies took a significant increase in September 2009, upwards of $150 or more. Exact cost depends on your date of purchase and date of birth (because vehicle registrations renew and expire on your birthday). It will cost around $50 to renew your registration after your tags expire. Reminder: Make sure you take cash or a check to the Tag Agency because they do not accept credit cards. For a flat $200 Administrative Charge, New Scooters 4 Less can register, tag, and title your motor scooter for you. The $200 covers the entire expense of your tag, title, any other registration fees, cost of temporary tag, and temporary tag processing, etc. and also saves you the headache of having to carry the paperwork to your local tag office, stand in line, and get it registered yourself. Instead, we simply issue you a temporary tag so you can drive right off the lot and then we contact you once your license plate comes in. Then you can pick your license plate up from our shop and we can put it on your scooter for you! (We do NOT require you to register your scooter through our shop unless it is over 50cc as required by law. If you wish to take the paperwork to the local tag office, then you will not be accessed this administrative charge and you will need to pay the tag office directly for your registration.)


Where is the Alachua County (Tax Collectors Office) Tag Agency?

a.) 3946 SW Archer Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32608 – 2342
(352) 337-6200

b.) 5801 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32653 – 1777
(352) 374-5263

c.) 12 SE 1st St.
Gainesville, FL 32601-5341
(352) 264-6868
This one is closest to our shop!


How much is a UF parking decal for motor scooters?

It will cost approximately $156 for a year for a motor scooter decal at the University of Florida.


Where do I go to get a UF parking decal?

You will have to go to the University of Florida Transportation and Parking Services. Please check our University of Florida page for more information.


How many miles will my scooter get to the gallon?

The answer to this question depends on a couple of factors. Miles per gallon depends on who is driving and the type of scooter. On average, you should get at least 60 + mpg on your motor scooter. Most get about 80 mpg. Some can reach 100 mpg!


How much fuel do motor scooters hold and what type do they use?

Please check the specifications of each scooter. The majority of motor scooters only hold between 1 and 2 gallons. All of our scooters require premium fuel with an octane grade of 93.


Do I need to change its oil?

Yes. If your scooter is a 4-stroke scooter, you will need to change its oil. Even though your motor scooter doesn’t need as much maintenance as your car, if you want your motor scooter to last, we suggest getting your oil changed and your carburetor tuned up every few months. A new 4-stroke scooter should have all of the engine oils changed within the first 250 miles. After its first service, it is best to have it serviced at least 3 – 4 times a year depending on how often you drive your motor scooter or every 500 miles. New Scooters 4 Less offers oil changes for $28.30. This is for most Chinese 4-stroke scooters.

Vespa and Piaggio scooters do not follow the maintenance schedule described above. Many scooters have their own maintenance schedule so it is always best to refer to your scooter’s owner’s manual.


What if I can’t get my motor scooter started with the electric start?

Majority of people will only have trouble getting their motor scooter started with the electric start if they have let it sit for a long period of time. If you cannot start your motor scooter with the electric start, try putting your motor scooter up on its center stand. Once you have done so, turn your motor scooter into the on position with the key and try kick starting your motor scooter. It may take several kicks to get your motor scooter to turn over. If you are still having trouble, contact us and we would be happy to assist you. You can bring your battery in and we can charge it for you as well.

Motor scooter batteries are much smaller than car batteries. Therefore, they are going to die quicker. In order to keep your battery charged, we suggest riding your motor scooter often. You may want to invest in a battery charger just in case your battery gets a weak charge. Again, we would be happy to assist as well.


How long does a motor scooter last?

Like everything else, how long your motor scooter lasts depends on how well you take care of it. Remember to maintain your scooter by keeping it clean, keeping it out of the rain, and getting the oil changed and carburetor tuned frequently. We highly recommend investing into a motor scooter cover to help keep water and dirt off of your scooter and help keep it in great condition.


Do I have to mix oil and gas?

This depends on the type of motor scooter you decide to purchase from us. Even though the majority of our motor scooters are 4-stroke and don’t require you to mix oil with gas, we do offer some of the top of the line 2-stroke motor scooters. Most of our 2-strokes have a separate compartment to put the 2-stroke oil into allowing the scooter to mix the gas and oil automatically. Please check the scooter specifications to see whether or not the motor scooter is 4-stroke or 2-stroke. If you are unsure, please call and ask us!


Can you make my current motor scooter go faster?

This depends on which type of motor scooter you have. We can install upgrade kits on most 50cc motor scooters to increase the speed. Please give us a call or email us for more information.


Are there any assembly, dealer, freight, or preparatory costs when I purchase my scooter?

We do not charge assembly or dealer fees, however we do pass on costs incurred such as freight charges. With certain brands (Wolf Brand Scooters, Red Streak Scooters, or Bintelli Scooters), MSRP’s are not set for us, so we simply roll the freight charges we incur into the purchase price you see. With other brands such as Vespa, Piaggio, and Genuine, the distributor sets the MSRP and the freight cost is not rolled into this. In those circumstances, you will see this expense listed on your invoice. We do not profit from it, we simply recover the expense of the shipping of that scooter from that particular distributor to us. Some distributors also require a Pre-Delivery Inspection which consists of a labor charge. This is to inspect the bike for warranty purposes.

The only other expenses you have at the time of purchase include sales tax, battery/tire tax, and tag/title/registration. Feel free to contact us for an out the door quote on any scooter model. We are extremely competitive and will never lose your business to someone else! We want to earn your business and will guarantee you the lowest out the door price in comparison to the other local dealers.


Do they hold more than one person?

Yes. The majority of our motor scooters can carry up to 2 people. We have seen people try the ole ‘scooter sandwich,’ 3 people one scoot. Even though it is quite funny, and we love to joke about it, it is not safe and it is most definitely NOT legal.


I just have a mechanical question, can you help?

Yes. Are you having trouble with a motor scooter? Do you have general questions on the parts, service, and maintenance of your motor scooter? Is your motor scooter in for repair at our shop and you want to check on the status? Feel free to contact our Mechanic Specialists. They will reply back to you as soon as possible.


Do I have to be a NS4L customer to purchase a Maintenance Package?

No. Even if you did not purchase a motor scooter from New Scooters 4 Less (What were you thinking?! haha.), you can still purchase a maintenance package. These packages were put together to benefit anyone who wants to take care of their motor scooter or knows they will be selling it in a few years. These packages were designed to encourage students to take care of their motor scooter so that they will be able to sell their scooter and get more money for it when they graduate. These packages are limited to Gainesville, FL and immediate surrounding residents only.


Do you offer a military discount?

Absolutely! We offer a $50 discount on any regular priced motor scooter to any active or retired personnel of our U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you for everything you do! 🙂


What should I do if I get into an accident on my scooter?

Getting into an accident (woah…eeeaaasssyyy parents! … 99% of what we hear about are minor fender benders that cause zero damage to the cars and zero damage to your son or daughter) can easily cause you to become worried and flustered, especially if you haven’t been in a situation like that before. Feel free to call us and we will he happy to assist you and walk you through the steps. In many cases, we have sent NS4L employees out to assist customers in these kinds of situations. Always call the police and obtain an accident report, exchange information with the other driver, and call us to arrange a pick up of your scooter. DO NOT drive your scooter after an accident (even if it is minor). We want to bring it to the shop and make sure that all components are operating correctly and that the scooter is safe to drive. Your safety is our number one priority!


Do you rent scooters?

You can rent a scooter through our sister company Gainesville Scooter Rentals. Reserve today!


Do you guys sell any of those $699 – $899 new scooters?

We often have customers come to our dealership looking for these “too good to be true” deals. Ever heard the phrase, “If it is too good to be true, then it probably is.”? It is a good phrase to remember. These NEW scooters will fall apart on you in no time causing you to invest hundreds more in repairs. (We know this because customers don’t want to deal with the company they purchased these cheap-o’s from and they bring it to us to repair where they end up investing money to get them fixed). AVOID THIS HEADACHE. Spend a little more up front. ALL of our scooters come with a one year parts and labor warranty (or more!) and we always back up our products. Don’t buy these ‘new’ scooters because it is such a good deal. We promise you… it’s not.

Think of it this way… We have been in business for years and we could EASILY contact these distributors and buy these same scooters and sell them in our dealership. There is just a very good reason why we don’t!

Plus… We GUARANTEE that when you buy a scooter fron NS4L you won’t find a better scooter at that scooter’s price point.


Why should I buy a scooter from New Scooters 4 Less instead of an online wholesaler?

There are several reasons why you should purchase a scooter from New Scooters 4 Less as opposed to an online wholesaler. First, most internet wholesalers ship the motor scooter to you unassembled. There have been several instances where customers who purchased a scooter from a wholesaler online have brought their scooter to us to have it assembled. After paying the shipping on the scooter and the labor for us to put it together, they normally end up paying the same amount or sometimes more than it would have cost to buy a new one already assembled from our store! Second, most motor scooters sold from a wholesaler online don’t come with a warranty or if it does come with a warranty it is usually a very short one. And guess what? If you need a warranty part from that online wholesaler, you are going to have to call and sit on an 800 number until you get a human being on the phone. Then that ‘service technician’ will tell you what warranty part they think you need and put it in the mail to you and you have to wait 2 weeks or more to receive it. Then 9 times out of 10, it is not the correct part you needed, and you have to go through the whole process all over again!

Any scooter purchased from New Scooters 4 Less comes with a warranty of at least one year and some of our scooters come with two year warranties. Finally, if you purchase a scooter from a wholesaler online and something goes wrong with the motor scooter you purchased from that wholesaler, they will usually not accept a return. We have had many customers who have purchased from a wholesaler online to get a cheap scooter, but they ended up paying a lot more trying to have the scooter fixed or even ended up having to purchase a new one. New Scooters 4 Less has low prices on motor scooters that come with great warranties! New Scooters 4 Less has been providing scooters for Gators and several others for years! Buy from our local business because unlike wholesalers out on the web, we care for you and truly appreciate your business!

The “Fun” Stuff


I saw a team member at the shop that is not on the website, what gives?

Ahhh! Great eye! We are always hiring new additions to the team! Chances are the individual you met is fairly new to the team and we simply have not had a chance to get our awesome photographer in here to take that team member’s pic yet, but believe us… It will happen! Every member of this team plays a vital part in the organization’s success and we want to make sure that each and every one of them are highlighted on our site!


What does the #RETIRED mean on some of the team pics?

This simply means that these individuals are no longer with the company. Why? For several reasons… Some graduate. Some move away. Some are taking the next step in chasing their own dreams. These team members have had a critical role in the success of NS4L and will always be a part of this family. #missyouguys!


Do these #RETIRED team members stay up there fo’eva!?

One day we might make an entire #RETIRED link on the website, but for now, we will leave them up for a few months before taking them down. Our customers build close relationships with many of our team members and this is a way of letting everyone know that a team member has left 🙁 One of our core values is to embrace and shape change, so it is important for us to reflect on the past and remember all those that have helped us grow, but keep our eyes on the future, the mission, and the vision.


Do you guys really randomly close in the middle of some days for scooter rides?

Yep! We love to CELEBRATE! One of our favorite ways to celebrate together is to ride all over Gainesville on scooters, with flags, and honking our horns as a scooter gang. We often ride from the shop to a restaurant to have lunch as a team and celebrate our successes or our team members birthdays or ‘retirements’ (typically graduations, etc.). You are more than welcome to join in on the fun! We would love to have you and have taken customers with us plenty of times!