So, you're thinking about buying a new scooter — or at least one that's new to you. Congratulations! You are about to treat yourself to hundreds of fun hours on the road with the breeze in your face and the beautiful American landscape surrounding you in all its glory. You're joining a bunch of other scooter enthusiasts who have learned for themselves the joy of scooter riding. You may be wondering whether you should buy a gas or electric scooter. Here are some things to consider when buying a scooter.


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Electric scooters have the edge when it comes to affordability. As a general rule, an electric scooter with the same features as a comparable gas scooter will be less expensive than its gas counterpart. How much cheaper? Well, it depends on the size and year, but the cost difference can be pretty substantial, and this is probably the main reason people decide to go with electric versus gas.


Gas scooters are typically more durable than electric scooters because they run at higher speeds and are sometimes even used off-road. Of course, the durability of a scooter also depends on the brand and model type. You're better off sticking with a quality brand name scooter and avoiding off-brand or generic scooters because they don't offer the same level of warranties and workmanship as the well-known brands.

Environmental Impact

This might be the second biggest issue when considering whether to buy an electric or gas scooter. If you want to help reduce harmful emissions, then an electric scooter is best for you. Gasoline scooters burn fuel, which generates emissions that may be harmful to our environment. However, keep in mind that a gas scooter will produce fewer emissions your car will. So, if you're planning on storing your car in the garage and commuting with your new gas scooter instead, you could actually be helping the environment.


Gas scooters have a clear advantage when it comes to speed. Electric scooters typically range in speed from 10 to 25 mph, but electric scooters can seldom reach speeds higher than 20 mph. On the other hand, gas scooters can easily zip along at speeds ranging from 15 to 30 mph or more.


Electric scooters are easier to use. Electric scooters get their power from an electrical outlet; all you have to do is plug them in to charge the battery. However, gas scooters often require the mixing of fuel. Most gas scooters require the gas be mixed with two-stroke engine oil, so if you're not comfortable with handling flammable products, then an electric powered scooter is probably a better option for you.

We know there is a lot to consider when buying a scooter, and we are pleased to be able to help you with your comparison and answer any questions you might have. Regardless of whether you choose a gas or electric scooter, we are confident you'll be pleased with your new scooter and will soon be zipping around town in style.

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