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FAQ's
WHAT KIND OF SCOOTERS DO YOU SELL?

We deal in all types and models of vintage Vespa scooters, mostly original large frame Vespa 150cc scooters manufactured between 1960-1970.

WHAT IS VESPA RESTORATION, WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

Consider this fact before reading on – “A Vintage scooter can only appreciate in value, it’s an antique.”

We take each restoration very seriously, investing time and meticulous craftsmanship, using only the finest of materials and parts. We truly specialize in bringing vintage scooters back to their original brand new pristine condition. It’s as if you purchased them from the original ‘Piaggio’ factory floor in Italy all those years ago.


DOES THE SCOOTER HAVE AN ORIGINAL TITLE? HOW DO I REGISTER THE SCOOTER?

Due to the age of these imported scooters, titles are a real rarity. We supply each Vespa we sell with a Bill of Sale / official company Invoice, which is enough in many states to register a scooter over 20 years old. Each state's DMV has different requirements and restrictions, so we strongly recommend you check with local authorities to determine what you need. There is a great resource on the web where you can register your scooter for $75. Go see www.its-titles.com for more information on registering your scooter online. It takes about 1-2 weeks, and this seems to be a very safe method.

DO ALL VINTAGE VESPAS REQUIRE A GAS / OIL MIX ?

Yes and no. Yes, all vintage vespas have two-stroke engines that require two-percent or five-percent oil to be mixed with the fuel. However, some of the later models have an auto-lube system, which does the mixing for you. So you can put the oil in a separate tank than the gas, and it is mixed in the engine. For most of our 1960’s models, you will definitely need to pre-mix the gas and oil.

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WHAT ELSE COMES WITH THE SCOOTER, ANY FREEBIES?

YES INDEED, we give you the following goodies absolutely free of charge!! (Find them in the side compartment on your scooter

 

  • Gear shifter kit
  • Rear break shoe
  • Lever sets
  • Oil seal kit
  • Gasket kit
  • Bulb kit
  • Internal leaver
  • Plunger
  • Ignition coil
  • CDI unit
  • Rear break wire (inner)
  • Accelerator wire (inner)
  • Gear wire (inner)
  • Clutch wire (inner)
  • Spark Plug
  • Tool Kit

HOW & WHEN WILL YOU SHIP THE VESPA SCOOTER TO ME?


If in stock and located in our warehouse here in the USA, then it’s a matter of days, otherwise it could take up to 2 months before our next container arrives here in the USA. 

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept most major Credit cards, Check, Money Order and Wire Transfer. Questions ? Email Us: sales@antiquevespa.com

WHAT ABOUT EMISSION AND OTHER STATE LAWS?

Our restored vintage scooters are all original models; more than 25 years old and are used by you for personal use. They can be registered without any problems in the USA and Europe, but please inquire with you local DMV before you get on the road – DMV link -

http://www.scooterworldmag.com/dmv.html


WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS?


We can supply all types of spares, engines etc upon request, but this may take a while to arrive from overseas, it’s sometimes less hassle to seek advice from a local dealer or otherwise. (You will be surprised to find out that there are many garages across the USA who specialize in Vespa service and repairs – (See our Parts Section)


DO I NEED A SPECIAL LICENSE TO RIDE A VINTAGE VESPA SCOOTER
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We restore mostly Vespa 150cc engine scooters, therefore you will need a license. You can ride out today on an Intown Rider Class scooter (50cc engine). All you need is a valid driver's license (or learner's permit). BUT AGAIN, PLEASE BE SAFE AND CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL DMV DEPT.

Higher performing models like the Commuter Class and Touring Class scooters do require that you add a Motorcyle Endorsement to your driver's license and tag. A temporary permit covers you for the first six months, which is plenty of time to schedule and pass the driving test.

HOW FAST ARE THESE SCOOTERS?


While this number will of course vary from scooter to scooter, as a general rule, a Vespa with a good engine will open up and run at around 55 mph, depending on the model. This speed can be increased with some specific performance modifications made to your motor. Also important to consider is the engine displacement size, which will range between 50cc and 200cc, although we mainly sell 150cc. The bigger your engine, the faster it can be made to go. Keep in mind though, Vespas are made to be driven short, quick distances, not to go for extended high speed travel on the highway. They were never designed for that kind of use, so realize that if you demand too much of your scooter, in the long run it will need much more servicing and repair.

HOW ECONOMICAL ARE THESE SCOOTERS?

Incredibly economic, HOW DO YOU LIKE 100 MILES PER GALLON !? It’s a fact, these little beauties are very pocket friendly.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE GEAR CASE OIL? HOW DO I CHANGE THE GEAR CASE OIL?

Change the oil, though not as often as you might think. Since the scooter is equipped with a two-stroke engine, vintage vespa scooters use a pre-mixed fuel / oil fuel, the oil that lubricates the motor comes mainly from the mix.

There is also gear case oil, and it requires attention and changing about every 600 - 1000 miles. There are two oil screws (‘Oil’ stamped on them) at the base of the engine, the lower screw underneath the engine is to drain the oil, the other is used to apply oil (use a thin funnel). We recommend you use TRANSOIL 2-stroke gearbox oil SAE 10W30, available at most stores. In order to change the oil, simply undo the lower screw and let the oil drain out, there won’t be much. Once the oil is completely drained, place the screw back in and tighten. Take the other oil screw out and using a thin funnel or an oil syringe, pour / pump the new oil into the hole until it begins to leak out, let it drip out until it stops, then put the screw back in. (You won’t need much oil)

At that time, you'll also want to check and clean or replace your spark plug. This will help keep you riding for a long time. A well cared for engine should last for many years.



WHAT KIND OF OIL SHOULD BE MIXED WITH THE GAS? HOW DO I MIX IT?

It is imperative to use oil specifically designed for two-cycle vehicles (not chainsaws or leaf blowers). We also recommend you use two-cycle 100% synthetic oil. Although purists may comment that the factory never recommended synthetic oil, we say that if it had been available at the time these engines were designed, the owner's manual would have definitely recommended synthetic oil. Synthetic oil burns much cleaner, which does not foul the spark plug as much, and it smokes less! We also believe that synthetic two-cycle oil has superior lubricating properties over their organic-based competitors.

Your Vespa may or may not arrive with pre-mixed gas / oil in the fuel tank. Take a look in the gas tank, and see if there is any remaining from our road testing. If there is no sign of gas in the tank, you need to make your gas and oil mix. EXAMPLE – 1 USA GALLON UNLEADED GAS needs just under 100ML of two stroke oil mixed into it, mix well. (Preferably 2 stroke synthetic oil) Most oil bottles sold at stores have the ML gauge on the side, use this to measure your mix.
Change the oil, though not as often as you might think. Since the scooter is equipped with a two-stroke engine, vintage vespa scooters use a pre-mixed gas / oil fuel, the oil that lubricates the motor comes mainly from the mix.

There is also gear case oil, and it requires attention and changing about every 600 - 1000 miles. There are two oil screws (‘Oil’ stamped on them) at the base of the engine, the lower screw underneath the engine is to drain the oil, the other is used to apply oil (use a thin funnel). We recommend you use TRANSOIL 2-stroke gearbox oil SAE 10W30, available at most stores. In order to change the oil, simply undo the lower screw and let the oil drain out, there won’t be much. Once the oil is completely drained, place the screw back in and tighten. Take the other oil screw out and using a thin funnel or an oil syringe, pour / pump the new oil into the hole until it begins to leak out, let it drip out until it stops, then put the screw back in. (You won’t need much oil) At that time, you'll also want to check and clean or replace your spark plug. This will help keep you riding for a long time. A well cared for engine should last for many years.


WHAT IF THE SCOOTER ARRIVES DAMAGED?

We provide very safe and thorough packing for each scooter as you can see in our photographs. All scooters we ship out have reached our customers in pristine condition, and no one has even taken insurance so far. Insurance if required can be arranged by you personally (though we believe totally unnecessary)

If the scooter does for some reason arrive damaged, call or e mail us, and we will remedy the problem immediately. Rest assured, you as the customer are our number one priority.
“We ship right away, and to your door!” FROM OUR WAREHOUSE IN THE  USA! (If in stock)

1. No hassle dealing with Customs forms, submissions, duty etc.
2. No need to pay for Clearance, Destination charge, and Forklift charge.
3. No need to rent a truck and pick up at a port warehouse somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
4. No importing paperwork, application fees, EPA regulation forms to fill out.
5. No other miscellaneous hidden fees billed to you later on.

Freight rates vary for each state ($250 – $450), we utilize a variety of LTL common carrier freight companies, we use only the best and most economical to suit your pocket. We can give you the rate immediately upon your request.

 

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