This time of year mopeds in our area are cheap. I think if it was on CL in Minneapolis for 200 (not a hour plus drive away) it would sell eventually but at 300 it would sit.
There is a super nice Sachs seville for 350 right now that runs and rides, if you're looking for a first bike that would be my choice.
The a3 aren't bad per se but they don't have the performance potential of the a35. Don't get me wrong, I like them but you gotta swap over to a SHA carb out of the gate and get rid of the encarwi.