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Buying a Used Vespa

When searching for a used scooter the first thing you want to do is narrow down a few things. Below are some of the top questions that you will need to answer as you begin your search.

  1. What is my budget? 
  2. What am I going to use it for? 
  3. How often will I be using the Vespa? 
  4. Where do I find one? 
  5. Do I want one that needs maintenance or one that is ready to drive? 
  6. How do I know which one is right for me?  

Thinking about these questions will help you understand what you want and need in your used classic Vespa. Once you have thought about these questions, the search for your used vespa will be much easier, leaving you with the confidence to purchase one.   Overall, we must say that we believe getting a classic, vintage Vespa is a much better deal.  You’ll have an investment versus just a plain scooter.  You will have a classic – a work of art scooter that you’ll be proud of vs something found on craigslist. 

Check out our custom restorations here. 

But for pure transportation purposes and to avoid the wait time, a used scooter is an option and we can help you by at least providing information.     

Average Price

The price for a used Vespa is going to fluctuate depending on age, condition, features and more. For example, if you are looking for a project to fix up and restore you will be able to find something for a lower cost. By searching online or your local buy and sell advertisements you can likely find a fixer-upper for under $1000. But you would have to factor in what you will need in regard to new parts, labor and time in order to get this project on the road.  

If you are looking for a non-running Vespa to be sold to fix up or as parts, you can find one for only a few hundred dollars. These are often found on bidding websites and the seller will give you a list of what is wrong with it or what happened to it in order for it to be sold for parts.

If you are looking for a collector piece or one that is ready to hop on and take a ride, the prices average from $4000 and up. This will also depend on the model, rarity, what year it is and what features the specific model has.  Don’t forget that the price for the Vespa you want may be higher than you imagined but many places offer Vespa drivers a premium on insurance and you will be able to find parking almost anywhere!    

The Best websites For a Used Vespa

It can be a difficult process purchasing a used classic Vespa, especially online. As the Head Quarters are in Florence, Italy and the first releases were done solely in Italy, it may take some time to find the perfect one for you. Browsing through the many different websites you will be able to see a vast selection of used Vespas as well as gain information on the different specifications for the different models.

Vespa Scooter Guy has offered restored classic Vespas since 1999. Our classic Vespas are all delicately finished and ready for you to hop on and go for a ride.  We also sell different accessories you will need, including helmets, gloves, and storage supplies.  Whilst we are impartial, we would like to provide you with other sites to assist you in your search:

www.Ebay.com is a top action site and is a leader for selling used specialty vehicles. It is well known to all for its actions and its “Buy it now” feature. You can arrange shipping with the seller, and you are backed by your payment method and again by the Ebay policy. Feel at ease when making any purchase from Ebay.  They are no longer the wild west as they once were.  Most sellers have a history and the site has built in numerous protections.  

www.motorcycles.oodle.com has a large selection of vintage classic Vespas from all over the United States. They make it easy by allowing sellers to list what is available so we can take a browse. 

www.classicalwheels.com is a company that specialises in used Vespa restoration. The site has a great selection of classic Vespas that have been beautifully restored that are for sale. They are shipped from California and only take a few days to arrive in your driveway. They are also known to customise Vespas so if you don’t see something you like, it’s worth reaching out to them.  

www.hemmings.com/classifieds/ is a cool website to find all sorts of classic vehicles. The site has a selection of Classic Vespas as well as newer ones ranging in price. Plan to spend some time on this site as it has a lot to offer. 

www.cycletrader.com has both new and used Vespas for sale spread out amounts the United States. There seems to be mainly newer Vespas but you can customise your search to narrow it down. With almost 1000 used Vespas for sale, you’ll be sure to find something that catches your eye.   

Another tip to remember is that when you buy from one of these sites you are either looking at a company selling it or an individual. When it is a private sale on one of the bidding sites it is always a good idea to look at the seller reviews. You can read comments from other buyers to feel good about your decision if you choose to go that route. If you are buying from a company, often times these companies have relationships with others, possibly in your area. They also often have relationships with the dealerships across the country as they can assist each other when need be.

If you ask one of the companies to ship it to your local dealership, they might just say yes and there is a chance you can save some money on shipping expenses as they will just add it to their regular shipment.    

Where To Find Parts?

The part selection listed on www.ebay.com has parts for specific years going back to 1946 when the first Vespa was introduced. They have new and used parts for sale which range in price depending what the part is.  

www.boonstraparts.com has a large selection of brand new parts for Vespas, and for other motorcycles. In fact, they have over 90 pages of Vespa parts for sale. 

www.mrcycleparts.com is also another site with a great selection of parts, breaking it down by model. 

www.scootermercato.com is a user-friendly website updated often with countless options. The staff is helpful and honest when recommending parts or answering questions.  

www.salvagereseller.com is an auction site where you can buy a low-cost unit with damage to use the parts from. They have many listed as “Coming Soon” so it’s worth checking it every now and then to see if there’s a good deal on parts you may need in the future. That way you won’t be scrambling to find what you need when the time comes.  

We hope the listed resources are helpful in your search.  Whichever option you choose, it is important that you are happy with the results.  Having sold over 500 classics, VSG can tell you from the feedback that vintage scooter owners are much happier waiting for a personalised scooter that becomes their pride and joy.      

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