Not only will you save on gas when you buy a scooter, you’ll save on insurance and maintenance, too
Here’s an easy way to save money: buy a scooter and use it instead of your car for simple commutes. Now, I’m not talking about one of those Razor thingies that all the kids were wild about a few years back. Those are cost-efficient, sure, but hardly worth the effort. Might as well ride a bike.
I’m talking a motor scooter here: basically, a low-powered motorcycle. When the weather’s good and you need to get somewhere in a hurry, a motorized scooter can be very helpful.
The savings on gas money alone can be notable, especially since the price of gas is starting to climb into the stratosphere again. You can fill the tank on a scooter for less than five bucks. Impressive, since even a small car can run $30 for a fill-up nowadays.
How far will that get you? Fuel efficiency for scooters tends to be high; 65 mpg is common, so you can easily go 100 miles on a fill-up. That’s not too shabby, considering that few people drive scooters for more than a few miles at a time.
So how much do you have to shell out for a scooter? Less than you would for a car. Even a brand new scooter costs less than a good used auto, and often far less. It’s possible to get a new scooter for $1,000, though the better brands retail for as much as $4,000.
Needless to say, you can often get a very good deal on a used scooter; some go for less than $500.
Insurance and Maintenance
Scooter insurance is cheap, especially if you add it to an existing auto policy. Expect to pay maybe another $100 a year.
As for maintenance, you’re going to need a bit here and there, of course. But scooter maintenance costs tend to be minimal, especially if you keep tabs on the preventative maintenance, and even a big expense is going to be less than a big maintenance expense on your car.
Now, we’re not saying you should abandon your car in favor of a scooter; that’s just not practical. A scooter should supplement your car, not replace it altogether. Further, be aware that you’ll need a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license to drive one, unless you stick to a low-speed moped.
Also, a scooter will rarely last more than 20,000 miles.
Finally, you’ll need protective gear, and you’ll need to be a bit more careful than when driving a car. Still and all, if it’s safe enough to do so, the monetary savings offer a good reason to buy a scooter to drive to and from work or the market.