Scooters are an affordable and reliable alternative to cars and trucks.
A scooter dealership can be a profitable and rewarding way to make a living if you genuinely enjoy selling scooters. Scooter sales were up 66 percent in the year 2008. Scooters come in a wide variety of makes and models by some of the most popular vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers, such as Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. With the advent of street-legal scooters, these motor vehicles are often an affordable and reliable alternative to cars and trucks.
1. Secure a location for your scooter dealership. Ideal locations can be seen easily by passing motor traffic and are easy for customers to get to. Corner lots are typical for vehicle dealerships. Depending on how many scooters you plan to have in your inventory, you may be able to display your scooters at an indoor dealership, since they are small vehicles.
2. Acquire an automobile surety bond to insure your scooter inventory. Bond requirements vary from state to state. The company issuing your bond will have information about how much insurance is required for your state.
3. Contact the department that issues vehicle dealer’s licenses in your area. Depending on what state you live in, this will either be the department of motor vehicles or another state agency.
4. Obtain a dealer license application and fill it out. You will need to supply information about your scooter dealership business structure, location and surety bond information, among other things. Submit your application with the required fee.
5. Complete any other tasks that are required for you to obtain your dealer license. The requirements vary by state. Some states require that you get fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check while others require you to complete a dealer-training course. Check with the licensing agency to find out what other requirements are needed for obtaining your scooter dealer license.