Wanna Buy a Scooter?

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Beach Life - BY CATHER­INE PAWELEK

Tired of walk­ing around Playa but don’t have the money to buy a car? Scoot­ers and mo­tor­cy­cles are pop­u­lar op­tions for get­ting around. But be­fore you throw down $15,000 pe­sos or more, we thought you should know some im­por­tant points of pur­chas­ing, reg­is­ter­ing, and rid­ing.

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Hel­mets and eye pro­tec­tion are re­quired. A mo­tor­cy­cle li­cense is re­quired. You can use your driver’s li­cense from home but it must show that you have the mo­tor­cy­cle en­dorse­ment.

In­sur­ance is not manda­tory but is an ex­cel­lent idea.

Scoot­ers and mo­tor­cy­cles are pop­u­lar tar­gets of theft. Be sure you have a heavy duty lock and park only in well lit or se­cure ar­eas.

When pur­chas­ing a used scooter, ask the seller for: The orig­i­nal fac­tura (in­voice). The cur­rent reg­is­trar­tion. Make sure it has the cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion year´s date. This en­sures taxes are up to date. The plates. Ask for a copy of the seller´s ID (known as an IFE) to en­sure the seller is the right­ful owner. Also, you will need a copy of the ID to present at time of reg­is­tra­tion.

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To reg­is­ter a ve­hi­cle, you will need: Proof of res­i­dence, orig­i­nal and copy (e.g. bills or con­tract). Proof of Mex­i­can res­i­dency (per­ma­nent or tem­po­rary) and pass­port, orig­i­nal and copy. CURP, RFC and email ad­dress. Re­ceipt of pur­chase, orig­i­nal and copies. Copy of the ID of the pre­vi­ous owner.

Peo­ple with­out res­i­dency can­not le­gally re­ceive per­mits. The only ex­cep­tion is for those who own a busi­ness, and in such cases, the per­son must reg­is­ter the ve­hi­cle un­der the com­pany name and not their own name.

Please be aware the driv­ing in Playa del Carmen and the sur­round­ing ar­eas can be chal­leng­ing, to say the least. Driver´s of­ten com­pletely ig­nore all traf­fic laws in­clud­ing driv­ing at ex­ces­sive/dan­ger­ous speeds, ig­nor­ing stop signs, not yield­ing to on­com­ing traf­fic, and lane shar­ing with scoot­ers.

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