The Vespa Motorscooter has a long and illustrious history (See Motorscooter History) and the modern Vespa is without doubt the epitome of the motorscooter world. Vespa dealerships are located throughout the USA and Europe.
See complete listing of US Vespa Dealerships . Vespas are extremely well made and durable, and come with extensive warrantys. The Vespa is also the image setter, the iconic scooter design that defined the world of scooterdom. They retain their value very well, and are known for their longevity.
Vespas are expensive with 250cc models around the $6,000 mark, 150s ranging $4,000 - $5,500, and 50s $3,000 - $4,000.
Vespa/Piaggio is very dealership oriented. The warrany is voided if anyone but an authorized dealer works on the machine (unlike the parts-only warrantys for cheaper scooters which anyone may work on).
Vespa protects its dealerships and prevents new would-be dealers from opening where this might create competition for established dealers. As a result, the nearest Vespa dealer may be a significant distance away. Vespa provides parts wholesale only to dealerships, so one cannot expect one's local garage to handle them, even after they are out of warranty. In short, it may be just as hard or harder to get a Vespa repaired than a less expensive scooter. We all know that it is hard to get an incapacitated scooter to the shop for repair, and when that shop has to be a Vespa dealership a distance away, it can be a real problem.
In a perfect world, everyone could ride a Vespa, but economics and practical issues make other scooter options more palatable for many.
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