Motor Industry News
My Motorcycle Check market guide (May)
My Motorcycle Check’s valuation expert reveals significant trends in the UK motorbike, scooter and moped sector, and picks an outstanding used model. This month, the Vespa GTS 300.
Rob Hobson said: “Visit most large European cities and scooters are everywhere, but UK commuters just don’t seem to get the benefits. The weather is often cited as the main reason, but that’s not the whole story.
“Recent analysis of our 2015 data showed scooters had the highest proportion of write-offs vs searches made for any body style. At 21%, effectively one in five, they were very marginally riskier in this regard than 3-door hatchback cars (20.9%), but significantly riskier than motorbikes (16.8%).
“There’s a decent range of scooters on the market and the Vespa brand has more kudos than most. The iconic GTS 300 stands out in terms of desirability. With low running costs and healthy residual values, this luxury top end model represents an efficient and stylish way of beating the morning rush.
“Overall, the used bike market is still being held back by the changeable weather conditions. Used values are strengthening a little due to the lack of prime condition stock, but we need a period of sustained sunshine to really get the season started.”