Advice about purchasing a Used Vespa with High km

Can I please ask the Oz bargain scooter/motorcycle community for advice. I'm thinking of getting a Vespa 2011 model that has been regularly serviced yearly with all receipts etc. It has done about 45000km, is that bad for a vespa? It will be my practice Vespa until I get my full licence.
Thanks.

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    How many cc?

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    That’s a bit high. I just bought a 2000 model bike with 37,000kms.
    Depends on the price you’re getting it for

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    Very high for a bike. Probably food delivery use.

    I speculate that it is probably being sold because it is no longer reliably doing the job.

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      About average for the bikes age if it was used for commuting. For a delivery based scooter, they wouldn’t be using expensive Vespa when something like a Sym at 1/3rd the price would be cheaper. I would expect 45,000km on a 1 or 2 yo bike that that was used as a delivery mule. 45k in 9 years is only 5k per year.

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        True that.

        I didnt realise it is 9 years since 2011.

        Still, 5k a year commuting in a Vespa is on the high side. Not food mule high but high. Those things aren't highway cruisers so you gotta think 5k worth of 50kmph. That's a lot.

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    It's the owner selling coz he bought a new one and drove it for long drives. Has the all mechanic receipts, replaced the drive chain a few months ago and rego until September 2017. Unsure though now as I read some of these comments just thinking Vespas aren't as prone to being bad with high km as it's a Vespa, taken care of and rules of high km might not be similar to bikes like cars

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    I own a 2014 Vespa Sprint 150 that has 29,000km on it and full service history. Still runs fine. Buuuuuuuuut, it’s Italian. So, that means expensive to repair and temperamental.

    The good thing about Vespa bikes is that of the scooters, they are one of the better made ones, but they are stupidly overpriced and you are paying mostly for the badge on it. You can get a Piaggio scooter for about half the price and it’s from the same company, as Piaggio own Vespa.

    I wouldn’t be buying it if it wasn’t cheap and comes with some form of service history.

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    Sold with rego and safety/green slip etc? Seen videos on how to rebuild them, seems easier than a car at least.

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      Full rego until September 2020, green slip and every service history receipt. He bought it for his wife who now doesn't use it anymore. Showed me they have 3 Vespas as he bought a new one for him and his wife, I'm impressed they have every single receipt.
      Just so people know I'm getting the price for less than $2k. That's why I'm thinking if it's only as a learner bike and upgrade later it won't be a big issue for investment for a year or 2 right?

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        3?
        one for him
        one for the wife
        one for the mistress?

        :)

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        Can you test drive? Having three seems wierd tbh, like maybe this was the one they used for spares or bought with the intention of one day getting rid of. Not pulling up any for near that price though.

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          As mentioned, below, he upgraded to a brand new Vespa, so in turn, as a ripple effect gave his newer one to his wife, he has the brand new one and the 3rd scooter is now the spare they wish to sell. They only posted it a few days ago and willing to give it to me for the discounted price even with the mechanic inspections and receipts of the mechanic who is actually in my area etc. (i.e. surry hills) which made me confused as seems like a perfect bike after the inspection and receipts to supports it, I've agreed to secure it with a deposit for a week (due to my doubts) and they pulled off the advertisement and it and willing to give me back my deposit if I change my mind.

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    Nah the 3rd is the one they getting rid off ie the one I want to buy lol

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      It has full service history and is a clean bike and under $2k, that’s a pretty good deal for a Vespa. So long as you continue to look after it and don’t drive it into the ground or wring it’s neck, it should be a pretty good bike as a learner bike.

      It’s a pretty good price and you’re buying it from someone who sounds like they took care of it. Worst case is, it does give up 6 ~12 months, you will easily get your sub $2k investment back by just parting it out.

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    $2k isn’t a massive investment (for most). Sounds well serviced. Test ride, if all good then go for it. Worst case you sell it at a bit of a loss.

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    Bellissimo!🛵🛵🛵🛵

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    Not a bad price for $2k. But those KM are very high, especially for a scooter. You would assume that those KM are not highway KM and its been used to commute heavily.

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