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Thinking of buying a 50cc moped EDIT: maybe 150cc

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by gigawert, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. gigawert

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    I've decided that the cost of insuring a car is very far out of my budget, so I've been looking at this little moped to buy as soon as I turn 16: upload_2017-9-3_16-54-13.jpeg

    It's a 2018 Honda Metropolitan. It's cute, it's practical (decent storage space and 100 mpg), and it can do 40 mph which is just what I need for keeping up with traffic on streets. The insurance is a fraction of the cost of a car, and the moped itself is only $2300 new but I will need a full motorcycle license. What do you guys think?


    Note: I've already considered an e-bike, but the ones that don't require any registration or license (<20 mph) are so slow I might as well ride my normal bike. Also, my typical commute with this thing would be a 10 mile ride each way a few times a week.

    I've decided against a 50cc as I would be constantly flooring it to keep up with traffic on secondary traffic. Instead of that, I've been considering a 150cc scooter such as this Honda PCX150 lately:

    However, this puts me in the $3000s range and I have barely any income to save money with, so not completely sure about it.

     
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  2. DriftinCovet1987

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    This isn't a bad idea, to be honest. However, what with all of the Snapchatting-and-Periscoping distracted drivers of today, I hope you don't get Twittered into the Tour de Mort by a soccer mom in her Suburban as she's focusing on everything but driving while on your cute little Honda.
     
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  3. gigawert

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    That's true but I can always watch my mirrors and wear bright clothing.
     
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  4. Fast-Subaru71

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    It's not a bad choice if you can use it.
    I know I bought a moped like that some years ago. It was good, but in most cases my mom would drive me where I needed to go. It also had a few problems, and I ended up selling it.
    Riding a moped can be really fun, and if you have some use for it, then yes, why not ? Just remember to be careful : I know I personally saw a lot of drivers overtaking mopeds really fastly, without caring about whether they are doing it dangerously or not.
     
  5. gigawert

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    Now I need to figure out how to save enough money to pay for the 'ped and the insurance for a couple years. Probably $5000.
     
  6. Car8john

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    For me I would get maybe at least a 100cc moped just so you can drive on highways without being pulled over for driving too slow (every road here is a highway)
     
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    I am trying to keep costs at a minimum because it is hard for me to obtain money at all, plus in California you need a 125cc moped to drive on roads with more than a 40-45 mph speed limit.

    Also, I haven't mentioned this yet, but the other option I am considering for a first vehicle is a friend's 2003 Honda Accord LX, but I don't know how the insurance rates of that and a moped would compare.
     
  8. youdidwhat!!

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    5 k to insure a wasp?
    my car is 2300 and its a 1.4 sport
     
  9. gigawert

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    Well, it costs around $2500 to actually buy the thing, and I want to save up some money so I can pay for the insurance at least for a year or so using just that reserve.
     
  10. ¿Carbohydration?

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    Just save a bit more money and get a Pagani.
     
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  11. gigawert

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    Right...
    no
     
  12. ¿Carbohydration?

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    yes
     
  13. JetPoweredMacintosh

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    Jetta?
     
  14. Car8john

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    But some cheap Volkswagen, or, if your really desperate, dare I say buy a... -vomits- Prius....... -vomits-
     
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  15. JetPoweredMacintosh

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    -vomits even more- I wouldn't go that far.........-forums turn into vomit puddle-
     
  16. Car8john

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    -thinks about owning a Prius-
    -dies-
     
  17. JetPoweredMacintosh

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    *resurrects with the power of the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe*
     
  18. youdidwhat!!

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    no its a seat leon ( doubt you have them In the usa its basically a MK4 GOLF (2003)
     

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  19. Car8john

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    -comes back as a Mercedes AMG TrackCar-
     
  20. JetPoweredMacintosh

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    I know about those. I may live in the USA, but I know quite a bit about euro cars.
     
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