I've done the chineese scooter thing. They are fine. They are ugly, disposable, and prone to breakage, but they are fine.
I had a tao tao or two that were simple fixes. Adjust the valves and that will fix 80% of your problems.
I had a honda spree that I never could get to work right and parts were expensive if available at all.
Find a moped. They are so much cooler and can be more dependable.
Unless its a vespa, scooters are fugly.