Just last week we posted about being a one-car family in a two car world. It was super fun and informative reading everyone’s comments and suggestions for what we should do. About a third of you said to stick it out with one car until it was absolutely necessary. Another third said to go ahead and invest in a second reliable car. A final third said to save some cash and go for the scooter. And surprisingly, no one had any snarky comments like, “Ride a llama,” so thank you for that.
We’ve been thinking about this topic for almost six months and it was actually one of our New Year’s Resolutions. Well, we’ve finally solved our dilemma. For now. And our solution is…
A 2006 Vespa LX 150. So two thirds of you are probably rolling your eyes right now. But hear me out on why the scooter made the most sense.
Cost of the Scooter
I found the scooter on Craigslist advertised for $2300 at a local scooter dealer. I went and checked it out a couple weeks ago and it looked great. It was still under Kelley Blue Book value ($2475), but the price point still felt high to me. So I passed.
Then last Thursday, I got an email from the shop owner saying he had to move inventory and asking if I was still interested. I replied that I was for $2000. He countered at $2100. And I countered back at $2100 + a helmet + no doc fees. And he accepted. It seemed like a wheelin’ deal and mostly on my terms, so I was pretty stoked. Also, I think he forgot that he agreed to throw in the helmet because he tried to upsell me while I was there, so naturally I chose the $150 helmet. He seemed a little deflated when I reminded him of the “free helmet” clause in our email chain. Johnny: 1, Dealer: 0.
Cost of Insurance
While I was closing the deal on Saturday, I called my insurance company and added the scooter to my policy for a grand total of $6.83/month. How do you scooter-haters like them apples?
“I can get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog.” Name that movie! …you’ve got five seconds. Ok, time’s up. Here you go.
For those unfamiliar with the scooter world, Vespa is THE scooter brand. It’s the Harley of motorcycles, the Toyota of cars (not as sexy as Harley, but think reliability). They’re mechanically sound and should it ever need repair, almost any shop can handle the job, which can’t be said for many scooter brands.
I’ve got three things working for me in this area. One, Vespa scooters don’t depreciate all that fast. Two, even if it depreciated, say, 25% over the course of my ownership, that would amount to a loss of $500. Not a huge hit. And that’s a high estimate. Finally, three, I probably won’t own this longer than a year or two, so it won’t have time to depreciate much.
We’re in a weird car limbo right now. We have intentions of growing our family, but that ain’t happenin’ for at least two or three years. We’ll need something bigger than a sedan, but it seems excessive to have a van/crossover/SUV until then. The scooter buys us some time until we sort out our car needs.
I don’t remember the last time I got a thrill out of driving a car. But I get a thrill every time I hop on a scooter. Even driving it home from the dealership in 30 degree weather was kinda enjoyable. I’d love to hold onto it long enough to take Baby Girl on a few rides, but I have a feeling Joanna will nix that idea. Maybe I’ll look into sidecars…
So that’s where we netted out. It’s not all roses. There’s the good weather requirement, morning helmet hair, safety, etc. But we’re feeling pretty good about our decision given the reasons above.
Alright semi-anonymous Internet critics, let us have it. Thumbs up or thumbs down? Would you ever consider owning a scooter?