• Steen

The secrets to never again asking, "How much is my moped worth?"

Updated: Jan 10

Spring cleaning, the time for all of us to rid ourselves of everything that no longer has any use in our lives. Toiling away with sweat dripping from your brow and plumes of dust quietly forming into sun lit beams, you catch something peeking forward that has a superficial engineered intrinsic value to it. Working to wrangle a mass of fishing poles while getting a better view, a roll of garland falls and bumps you on the head. The garland quickly reels away from your heels, leaving behind a messy trail of loose pieces. It’s almost as if it wasn’t satisfied with it’s own ratty tail, it needed to shed pieces of itself to find the way back. Pulling the rest of the garland down, you move on to the extraction of an old bedroom door to reveal what looks to be a bicycle, but with a motor! It’s your dad's old moped from his younger days!

Removing the moped, you roll it out to the driveway to face the light it has so long avoided. As you wheel it out, the bike is reluctant to follow a true path. Making tiny squeaks and odd bumps as it moves, you look down and see the tires are flat with severe dry rot. Finally in the sun you read a dust covered P-U-C-H, speaking in your mind, you read it as “pooch” pondering as to why someone would name a bike such a ridiculous name. Two kids ago and your single life well behind you, the realization that this bike really isn’t for you becomes very real. But it does seem quite old, it might actually be worth something big!! Quickly pulling out your phone you’re fast to realize there isn’t much for help on the Googles. Where are you to start?! Here! Let’s be real. Mopeds are used for transportation around town. However, are best if considered a “hobby bike”. Mopeds are made up of mostly 40 year old 2 stroke bikes with wiring that has long since served its purpose. No matter how much money you invest in a moped, it will never be as reliable as a car. Now that we have that covered, this next section will be better absorbed. $500-$600 buckaroonies. Yep that’s it. A running drive-able plain Jane moped is worth $550. If you live in a metropolitan area, that is the going rate of a moped (for the Burlington VT area) that will sell quickly. The further from the populace you move, the less your moped may be worth. Yes you can list your moped for more but there are some things to take into consideration. How much is your time worth? Do you enjoy fruitless conversations with bored tire kickers? The more your moped is listed for, the more the stress vs money graph begins to have a

VERY steep curve. Is $100 extra worth an extra two weeks on the market and talking to 10-15 more individuals who want a full recap of what you’ve already covered in the description of the ad? No.

My moped has mod parts, doesn’t that make it more valuable?

No…. well kinda.

Most individuals buying mopeds today are either looking to customize their bike and make it their own, fix it up and sell it, OR they are completely clueless as to how a combustion engine works, let alone what an expansion pipe is. Therefore this causes the price of modded bikes to plateau at a value every so slightly higher than a stock bike. That’s OK!

1977 Puch maxi

I spent an entire summer trying to sell a completely modified Puch maxi. It had everything 70cc BBK, forks, nostalgia rims, bigger carb, custom headlight bucket, handmade exhaust etc,etc,etc.. I had listed the bike for $750. $250 more than a stock running moped sells for. I sat on it for MONTHS! Now during that time, the space that this moped was occupying could have easily been filled with several other mopeds!

Don’t get me wrong! There are cases for modified mopeds selling quickly and for more, but remember the stress vs money graph. We’re talking plain Jane here. Keep it simple and keep it cheap. Your greatest value in moped mod parts is found by removing them and selling them on Facebook groups dedicated to mopeds or eBay. Often times you’ll get far more for these parts separate from the bike than you could get for the bike as a whole. Now here’s where things get weird…. My moped doesn’t run, how much is it worth? A non running dirty moped is worth $100. Clean it up and you can see upwards of $250-$300 for a non running moped. Wait what? Really. Bizarre, right? The DIY crowd often assumes they possess the golden screwdriver. Golden Screwdriver is defined as: Concealing upgraded functionality in an apparently lower-level product, which is then restored by a ridiculously simple action, such as opening up a panel and turning a screw. That functionality being a “carb clean” or “New tank of gas”

Because of this, they’ll think that a moped is a certain easy fix and they can make a quick 100-200 bucks. When in reality it’s never that simple, ever. Trust me. Mopeds are never as easy as they seem. Hence why we called them “Hobby bikes” for the sake of this article. It’s a game of the minds at this point. Make it shine and it’ll disappear. Check out my other controversial blog HERE which describes how to make a small fortune making things shine with WD-40. But wait there’s more! : Moped outliers. The moped community has placed a high head value on top tank mopeds and kick start motors. Figures, you always want what you can’t have, right? Why does the value increase for top tank mopeds? Well first off these bikes tend to have more rarity in the resale market. For example, Puch Magnums. These peds are of the top tank variety and are quite rare to find anywhere for sale below the price of $1000. There are other such anomalies with mopeds such as the ones sold by Detroit Moped Works. Featuring a basic run of the mill used Puch Maxi, equipped with a complete bike restoration, listing for 1200+. These mopeds come with a full parts labor warranty none the less, but certainly worth mentioning the outlier.

Excluded from this expensive“top tank” elitist lifestyle are often times Tomos mopeds. Read my other post on how questionable the current value of the Tomos Golden Bullet is, HERE. Simply put, if you think you have possession of a “outlier” the best option is to spend some time lurking moped groups and using the search function to see if what you have is truly worth more than the average moped!

So maybe you’re in complete disbelief of what you just laid your eyes on, and you need a second opinion. Or maybe you’re generally pissed off I didn’t talk about your Moby? Might I recommend kbb.com(Kelley Blue Book) when you’re looking to sell a moped? This will give you an “accurate” pricing of your moped for your area based upon the year, model, mileage, and options. HOWEVER, when purchasing a bike I like to use NADA as a resource. Price valuations are often times slightly lower than KBB helping you to achieve the best deal possible. I hope this article has shed a bit more light on a unique experience that most everyone has when selling a moped! Because in the end if you’ve experienced the joy and silliness of riding a moped you’ll know that they are priceless! :-D

Hey guys! Steen here, working to bring Moped/scooter content to you in unique and thought provoking ways! If you would like me to write about something specific please reach out to me @breakthecyclemotoworks on IG. Either way, thank you for reading! Please remember this is a one woman show, if you found this blog, or any of my writings helpful or funny, please consider simply clicking an ad that you find interesting or becoming a patron on Patreon (See link below). I will have exclusive content up there soon, along with some videos to keep the wheels turning. Even if its only a few cents a month, I will eventually be able to afford a monthly subscription of Easy Rider Magazine! Again thanks so much for reading! You guys are the best! <3 -Steen

Oh yeah! I have since launched a forum for those interested in chatting about and maybe solving scooters/mopeds/motorcycles. I am personally one of the mods, I would love to enjoy the hobby together with you! Please consider joining the fun, HERE!


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