Years ago, the x and I had a couple of Chinese scooters. They were decent quality for the money and after we sold them, the buyers were happy with them. Last I checked all machines were still running and one even sold to another buyer. You can easily research the Chinese manufactures for dependability. It turns out in our case there were a couple reputable manufactures from China. Now, if you buy cheap, you will get cheap. I saw similar looking scooters to the ones we had that were poorly built and cost less. The best advice though, is if you don't want to take the time to research, then buy a used Japanese bike.