Piaggio XEvo 250ie Motor Scooter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are thinking of buying a scooter for your commute to work or trips around town, you may not want to wait too long. Just like in 2008, Motorcycle Dealerships are seeing a huge increase in scooter sales and dual-purpose motorcycles, and at the same time declining inventories.
Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are three of the major brands of scooters you can find at dealerships; however, with the downturn in the economy, the lay off of workers, and the closing of dealerships across the country, the production of scooters has also declined.
Even though dealers ordered more scooters in anticipation of the increased demand, the demand is beginning to outweigh the supply. Simple economics will tell you that this will not help consumers. As the dealerships run low on product, prices will no longer be negotiable, and may even result in bidding wars among buyers.
If you are seriously considering purchasing a scooter, don’t wait too long. Prices are going to remain stable for now, since the warm weather has just begun, and there is still inventory available.
Even though the Motorcycle Industry Council forecasted lower motorcycle sales in 2012, this will surely not be the case with scooters. Head to your local dealer now and put that deposit down, get your financing approved or start saving for next year. Gas prices probably won’t go down, but with the demand for scooters going up, if you can’t get one this year, there is always next year.