Hi krystlesc, welcome to the forum
My first scooter was essentially the same thing and their pretty limited as far as what you can do with them. Although you could drop in a brushless outrunner like I did, (still waiting for my ESC to be RMA'ed by Hobbyking!
), the problem is that these scooters aren't safe at high speeds. A small crack in the road will throw the rider over the handle bars. The brakes are also total crap. I would really recommend on keeping the speeds on this thing low.
What adian is suggesting is the best course. If you fry the cheap controller, you can drop in a new one for $15.00, the same thing with the motor.
After that, see if you want to go further and start looking for a frame to work with or, depending on your skills/willingness to learn new things, you could follow adians example and make your own frame:
krystlesc wrote:Unfortunately, I cannot weld or fabricate .
You can get a hobby welder for about $100.00 USD on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171377292594?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
I have one and I am very happy with it. It took me a little time to get used to it, but after a couple of youtube videos and some practice, I am doing good solid welds now.
The trick to learning welding and or fabrication, (or anything else these days), is to Google it and then go at it! You will
make mistakes, (please share them with us so we can learn from them also
), but ultimately you will have something awesome and totally unique!
eBay is also a good place to look for tools for fabricating. Check craigslist, kijiji, local want ads, flea markets etc for scooters, a lot of forum members seem to find great deals there, (sadly,not me
). Always be looking around and saying to yourself, "what could I do with that
Also, spend time perusing the forum. Forum members are true hackers who are always finding creative ways to work around problems. You will notice that most forum members mostly use simple hand tools for their creations. You can get a lot of great ideas just looking at what everyone else has done.