New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

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New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by vintagegarage » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:20 pm

I just found a bunch of ads flooding craigslist from a new offer in the Miami area:

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https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/mcy/d/ ... 67831.html


Yes, they are possibly junk, but my point is that if this is really true, it will now be impossibly hard to sell a cherry 2001 Honda Elite SR in Florida for more than $400.. looks like this comes with disk brakes, free top box, $575 out the door implies no dealer fee..

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Re: New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by eclark5483 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:10 pm

That's a Taotao ATM50-A1. My daughter has one. Out of the crate they are garbage. I had heavy modifications done to the engine on hers (BBK, A9 cam, new carb, Polini variator/ clutch) just because I wouldn't trust one of those even crossing the street. Acceleration is, believe it or not, worse then a poor running Spree. If you buy one, first thing to do with it, is pull the carb and toss it in the trash.
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Re: New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by Meatball » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:32 am

Just like other junk Chinese scoots, they are mass produced and shipped unbadged to many different re-seller companies. Anyone can slap on a badge and sell it as their own brand. The cheapest possible parts, metals and machining tolerances are used in the manufacturing process resulting in an absolute hunk of trash.

The manufacturer in China makes them and sells bulk orders to re-sellers. Then the re-seller must absorb the shipping fee and add a margin to the sales price for a profit. Bottom line: The re-seller AND the manufacturer are both making a profit at the $575 sale price...so how much does it actually cost to produce one?...like $300?!?!?

Its really not a contender for selling against the Elite...or even a skateboard.
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Re: New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by vintagegarage » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:09 am

It wouldn't surprise me to find they cost much less than that:

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 823fm5whHY
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Re: New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by ped » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:59 am

Sorry guys thumbs down on that poor quality Chinese scooter. No comparison to the elite.
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Re: New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by eclark5483 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:24 am

Yeah, it isn't just the engines in these things that are junk, but the electrical is bad too. Defective headlights, defective switches, etc, etc.. First day we assembled my kids from the crate we had problems with the hi-lo beams and had to get a new one from eagleatv (TaoTao's American parts distributor). I paid $650 with free shipping on my kids. I was gonna buy her a Kymco at first, but decided against it because 1, she was only 14 at the time, and 2, I couldn't trust that it wouldn't get damaged, scratched, banged up, etc. So $650 seemed reasonable enough, and yep, sure enough, she has dropped it from the side stand a couple times, crashed it once (first week she got it), and had other electrical problems that I finally got fed up with trying to figure out and ended up taking to Stan at the shop to fix. All in all, I would NOT recommend anybody ever buy one unless they want to use it as a pit bike and wanna experiment with 4 stroke engines tearing them apart and making them go faster. For that, they are a cheap thrill, but there is no way they would even come close to even a POOR CONDITION 2001 Elite SR.

EDIT: Oh yeah, as for the free top box, yeah, that's garbage too, even the top box on my Sprees have a bigger capacity. You couldn't even get a half helmet in the "free" trunk. I have 2 of them sitting in my garage right now, a pink 1 and a blue 1, I couldn't give those things away. I use them as junk boxes for spare parts.
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Re: New 50cc scooters are now $575 in Florida

Post by vintagegarage » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:19 am

I need to be more clear. I am not suggesting that anyone buy one of these. My point is that the average scooter buyer in Florida is too young or too stupid to care about Honda quality. If you advertise any Honda scooter for sale in Florida for $400 or more, you will get 20 or more $100 offers, as there are dozens of $100-$200 running two-year old Chinese scooters for sale on craigslist. All anyone cares about now a days, is "does it run", and if so, it is worth no more than $200. It took me 8 weeks to sell a 1988 Elite ES SB50 in extremely nice condition for $400. I see now that the reason I have so many Honda scooters is that I have been paying too much for them.. hahaha.. easy to buy, hard to sell.

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