Your Guide to Purchasing an Electric Scooter on eBay

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Your Guide to Purchasing an Electric Scooter on eBay

Electric scooters are enjoyed by both adults and children as a means of exercise and fun transportation.

Whereas some scooters that are available on the market are designed for manual transportation, in that users have to push themselves along, electric scooters are motorised, which means that the user can concentrate better on steering, as well as being able to move more efficiently without working the body too hard.

There are many different types of electric scooter available that can be ridden at different variants of speed, as well as being able to carry different weights.

eBay is one of the best places to go to purchase an electric scooter, as the site provides listings that represent the variety that exists in the electric scooter world.

This guide is written for the purpose of taking potential electric scooters buyers through the necessary decisions of the purchasing process.

Components of an Electric Scooter

The best way of buying an electric scooter is by recognising which elements of the scooter are most important in enhancing the riding experience. For example, an adult may need to by an electric scooter that has a larger standing platform to account for weight and size.

By understanding the components of an electric scooter, one can be purchased that is suitable to personal requirements. Here is a table detailing the main components involved in the make up an electric scooter:






Wheels

The wheels of an electric scooter are an important deciding factor as to which scooter to purchase. Whilst they are usually made from rubber, there are those available with small tires. The size of the wheels on an electric scooter should match up o the intended user. An example of this would be to purchase an electric scooter for a small child that has smaller wheels and on the other hand, to buy an electric scooter with larger wheels for an adult rider. This is recommended purely from a safety point of view.







Steering Handle

The steering handle on an electric scooter is the component used by the rider to determine the direction that is to be travelled in. Steering handles are nearly always connected to the front wheel, meaning that electric scooters tend to be front wheel driven. The steering handles on many electric scooters are also adjustable. This means that they can be amended to the height and the arm length of the rider. However, there are also electric scooters that are more powerful that do not allow for adjustability concerning the steering handle. This is a means of ensuring that the scooter is as robust and sturdy as possible.







Brakes

The brakes on electric scooters differ quite a bit from those used on manually powered scooters. This is down to the fact that electric scooters tend to travel a lot faster than normal scooters and require more advanced braking techniques and equipment. Whereas normal scooters tend to have a brake pad attached to the rear wheel of the scooter that can be pressed down by the foot of the rider, electric scooters often have a brake lever similar to that of a bicycle. This brake lever is attached to the steering handle and is used by the pulling of the lever towards the body. This slows the engine down, as well as electrically slowing the rear wheel down via a more robust brake pad.






Standing Platform

This is one of the only components of an electric scooter that doesn’t differ in some way to that of a manually powered scooter. The standing platform is the part of the scooter that riders stand on as the scooter moves. The only difference between the standing platform of a manually powered scooter and that of an electric scooter is that the standing platform on an electric scooter tends to be wider and slightly longer to accommodate for the motor and the larger wheels. Also, standing platforms on electric scooters often have grips built in to help with stability whilst the scooter is being ridden.








Motor

The fact that a motor is placed on board an electric scooter is the main difference between an electric scooter and one that is ridden using the kick and push technique. These motors allow for electric scooters to reach a number of speeds that are suitable for both adult and child scooter riders. It is common for the motor to be operated by batteries and therefore an electronic scooter will need to be charged before the scooter is used. Most motors designed for use on children’s electronic scooters are 120 Watts and can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. There are also electric scooters designed for adults that are powered by 1000 Watt motors and can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, depending on the weight of the rider and the surface that it is being ridden on.

Formats of Electric Scooters

The format of electric scooter that can be purchased on sites, like eBay, ranges in style and design. Knowing the type of electric scooter that is desired before beginning the search can allow the search to be more efficient. Here are the main types of electric scooter and their properties:






Foldable Electric Scooters

There are electric scooters available that are foldable and able to be packed away. This feature is useful especially amongst parents who wish to store and transport their child’s electric scooter easily and efficiently. Whilst this feature is mainly found with children’s electric scooters, there are also electric scooters made available to adults that are foldable. This can be beneficial to those who wish to take their high-speed scooters to differing terrains, as well as those who wish to use their electric scooter for commuting purposes.





Three-Wheeled Electric Scooters

This type of scooter has two wheels at the front of the scooter, which are controlled by the steering handle, and one at the back. Whilst this improves the steering sensitivity of the scooter, it provides another important function. It also increases the stability of the scooter - a notion that is of use considering the speeds that some of the higher powered electric scooters can reach. It is also a useful design for parents who wish to keep their children as safe as possible whilst riding their electric scooter.





Seated

There are also electric scooters available that allow for the rider to sit down whilst the scooter is moving. This is another measure that can be used to introduce safety, as the body weight of the rider is spread over a greater distance rather than most of the emphasis being placed on the steering handle. A lot of electric scooters, both for children and adults, are designed to allow the seat to be adjusted or removed completely.

Other Considerations When Buying an Electric Scooter on eBay

As well as the format of the scooter needing to be considered before purchase, there are a number of other factors that also come into play. These are as follows:

Load
One needs to consider the load of the electric scooter. This is the maximum weight that the scooter can carry to allow a safe and enjoyable ride. One should always make sure that the load mentioned in the product description is relatable to the primary user of the electric scooter.

Motor Power
For adults who wish to buy an electric scooter, the power of the motor is a subjective choice. However, if one is buying for a child, then the power of the motor should be an important buying factor. The maximum recommended power of the engine for a child’s electric scooter is a 120-Watt motor that runs at 10 to 12 miles per hour.

Range
This is how far the electric scooter can run sufficiently after a full charge. A standard children’s electric scooter will have a range of around 6 to 7 miles after a full charge, whereas a higher powered scooter is able to reach up to around 11 to 12 miles, depending on the terrain it is used on. This should be an important buying factor for those wishing to use an electric scooter for commuting purposes.

Buying an Electric Scooter on eBay

eBay is home to a multitude of electric scooters to suit all ages and personal requirements. The site also offers a number of buying options to provide buyers with the chance to buy their chosen electric scooter at a price that may be more affordable than when buying from high street stores or online specialist sellers. eBay offers the chance to do the following:

-   Bid in an auction for the product

-   Put forward a Best Offer that appeases the seller

-   Purchase the product immediately with the Buy It Now facility

All of these options are provided to allow a secure but affordable transaction, using PayPal as a means of finalising the purchase.

To view the electric scooters available on the site one should go to the Sporting Goods section and find the Scooters section. From here, one should select the Electric Scooters filter tab. After this, one can make use of the many filtering links at the side of the page to narrow the search, as well as taking advantage of the keyword search bar to type in keywords that are relevant to specific requirements.

If a product is found that matches personal tastes and sensibilities, make sure to read the product description meticulously to ensure that the product matches requirements. If there are any issues regarding any part of the buying process, one can always contact the seller.

Conclusion

The buying of an electric scooter should be divided up firstly into whom the scooter is for. If it is for a child, then one should be sure that the scooter is both smaller in size and less powerful. If it is for an adult, then a larger electric scooter needs to be purchased, as well as one with a higher-powered engine to account for the additional weight.

After recognising whom the scooter is for, one can then go on to narrow the search by choosing additional features elements that make up an electric scooter.

The best way to purchase an electric scooter is to be knowledgeable on the extensive choice that is available on the market.

Be sure to read eBay and PayPal’s terms and conditions before finalising a transaction.

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