Frequently Asked Questions
Scooter questions? We've got the answers. These are some of our most commonly asked questions.
UIowa Parking and Transportation services at the West Campus Transportation Center (WCTC) located at 840 Evashevski Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242
In Iowa Mopeds should not be capable of traveling more than 39 mph. Most Mopeds are able to reach speeds of 30mph to 35mph under normal riding conditions. Heavy winds or hills will lower your top speed!
Nope. We paused our rental options several years back and were the only ones in the state to provide such a service. We do sell new and used models with financing options available, though!
Most auto insurance companies will also provide insurance policies for mopeds and scooters.
Yes! All three of our brands come with a 2-year warranty. While the Wolf Brand Scooters 2-year warranty is limited there is always room to upgrade to a longer, extended warranty!
If you are not going to ride for a few weeks or more, you’ll want to properly store your scooter. This involves more than just keeping it in a garage. Be sure to take care of any necessary repairs beforehand! UScoots offers preparation and storage year round. Plus, we guarantee your scoot will start when you pick it up!
Storing the scooter yourself? These steps will help it start and run great afterwards:
➊ Fill up your gas tank. Add a fuel stabilizer, and then run the engine for a few minutes.
➋ Drain the carburetor float bowl of gasoline. Tighten the drain once complete. No carburetor? You can skip this step.
➌ Remove your battery and fully charge it. Store it where it won’t freeze and away from the sun.
➍ Park your scooter in a safe place and cover it properly.
Yep! Click here to request a pick-up. We offer free pick-ups in Iowa City and Coralville if your scooter is unable/unsafe to run and you have our cool UScoots stickers on your scoot! We do $20 local pick-ups or drop offs if the scooter is otherwise able to be driven to store. Not within our local range? No problem! We also offer pick-ups and drop offs for $2.50/mile.
Yep! Well, it depends where you are located. We're fully staffed by college students, so we'll need to plan and schedule trips that are more than 3 hours away from our store. Reach out to us and we can figure out the logistics!
Iowa Moped Laws
Yes, in Iowa you will need a full drivers license to operate a Moped. However, you do not need a Motorcycle endorsement. If you’re 14 or 15 years old, you can operate one with a Moped Permit. Check out our moped permit page for more info!
- Has a seat for a single operator (no passengers)
- Travels with no more than 3 wheels on the ground
- Incapable of traveling at a speed more than 39 mph
- Able to travel at least 20 mph
- Required to have an orange safety flag at least 5 feet from the ground
Yes, in Iowa you must carry proof of insurance with you at all times while operating a Moped or Motorcycle. Liability insurance is the minimum.
No, Iowa is one of very few states with absolutely zero laws requiring the use of helmets on Mopeds or Motorcycles. However, UScoots strongly recommends wearing a helmet anytime you are riding a Moped or Motorcycle! They're one of the best ways to protect yourself. Plus, most of them can be stored or locked to your scoot when you're not riding.
Registration and Taxes
Your next step would be to fill out an application for a replacement title. Then, you would mail the application to your county treasurer or bring it in to get the replacement.
It depends on where you will be riding the scooter. If you are primarily riding your scooter in Iowa, we recommend registering your scooter with your Iowa City address. We complete all in-state registration for you! You will pay for tax, title, and license fees at our store, then your license plate, title, and registration will be mailed to you. Simple!