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Because of the rising price of gas and the effect on the environment, my family is considering selling one of our cars (we have two) and getting something like Segways, mopeds, motorized scooters, and so on. I'm looking for some advice about some of these methods of transportation. If any of you own a Segway, a moped, a motorized scooter, or anything similar to these, please post about your experiences and share some of the advantages and disadvantages you've discovered.

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Tina from Ashland, OR

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July 30, 20080 found this helpful

I work for a motorcycle dealership that sells scooters, which are a HOT commodity with gas prices rising. My advice if you are considering a scooter is to visit a motorcycle dealership and talk to the salespeople. A lot of places (Like Pep Boys) are starting to sell scooters now because of the demand. But, places like that do not service what they sell and it is usually difficult to find a place that will work on them for you. A motorcycle dealership can help you decide what size scooter will suit your needs based on where you would be riding - in town, back roads, highways, etc. They can teach you how to ride them, or get you to a safety class to learn how and help you learn how to maintain it or service it at the dealer. Scooters are fun to drive and most get in excess of 50mpg! Good luck in your search!

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July 30, 20080 found this helpful

My daughter got one a couple years or so ago, and she said that you need to think about rain, snow, etc. It depends on where you live, and what the weather conditions are. She really liked the way you can get around in traffic.

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September 17, 20080 found this helpful

Always think how much gas will you save versus how much will that scooter cost you. Do the math, do not be impulsive. If you can go used do that. If regular bicycles will work even better. You might be better off selling the car to purchase an older but more fuel efficient car. what mpg does it get?

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