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Is it Scooterable?

I live in a city that demands you have a car.  Everything is widely spread out and public transportation isn’t really feasible for most people.  We are a car driven society. That’s why I was taken off guard when I was making plans to meet up with a friend at a near by restaurant and she asked me if it was scooterable.

“Scooterable?  What the heck is that?”

“Can I get there on my scooter?”  She replied.

I was picturing like a razor scooter or something. Turns out, it was more of a vespa type scooter.  She bought it used for around $3,000 and the insurance on it was crazy cheap too.  Plus, don’t forget about the gas! Gerry Bucke, general manager at Bikesure, “Scooters will save you a fortune in fuel costs.  Depending on the model, a decent scooter can do as much as 100 mpg and uses anywhere between 55% and 81% less fuel than a car.”

It was the perfect solution for her.  She worked from home and her kids were grown.  The scooter will take her the few places she needs to go while her husband has their one car at work.  She is saving thousands of dollars a year by scootering instead of driving.  

I read somewhere once that the average person spends 25% of their income on their car.  I laughed… no way, I thought.  Then I did the math.  Between car payments, insurance, gas, and maintenance I was, in fact, spending 25% of my money on my car.  Insane!  If there is a feasible alternative option you would be wise to take it.  Take the gas alone.  100 miles per gallon, and you probably aren’t driving super far on a daily basis.  So let’s say you ride your scooter 10 miles per day.  It would take you 10 days to use one gallon of gas!  So we are talking like $10 a month in gas.  Crazy right?!

Now, while I don’t see myself driving a scooter any time soon it does seem like a great option for those who can pull it off.

7 comments… add one

  • Kathy from CT May 7, 2014, 5:07 am

    I’ve toyed with the idea of a scooter. Am more concerned about the safety of having one more than anything else. Too many hills & winding roads where I live. And they’re not allowed on highways, are they? Yes, would certainly be a great option if feasible.

    • Ashley @ Money Talks May 7, 2014, 6:31 am

      No I can’t imagine they are allowed on the highway since their top speed is like 20 mph.

  • David @ Simple Money Concept May 7, 2014, 11:59 am

    I thought about an electric scooter, but I ended getting an electric car! It’s more expensive, but it’s a car. The money was spending on gas was enough for the car payment.

    • Ashley @ Money Talks May 7, 2014, 1:24 pm

      Do you charge your car at home? Did it raise your electric bill? I like the idea of an electric car but I’ve always questioned the reality of it. I would love to never buy gas again.

      • David @ Simple Money Concept May 8, 2014, 9:59 am

        I charge at home only if I have to. I usually drive to my local Target to charge. They provide 2 hours of free charging. Or I can always go to my local Nissan dealer to charge. They have the Level 3 charging station, which can charge from 0% to 80% in about 15 minutes! I didn’t notice my electric bill go up by that much.

        • Ashley May 9, 2014, 1:57 pm

          Huh, that’s crazy. I had no idea you could charge up at Target or the dealership. How far can you go on a charge?

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