same logic can be applied to hybrid cars... (unless you do lots of driving...)Depends on where you live and what kind of traffic you deal with daily. In today's traffic there are too many nut cases -- just plain lousy drivers -- if you get run over what do you save? Play it safe!!!
Seriously...spending $4000 plus on a bike will take a while to make up for with the SMALL savings in gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've never understood the idea of saving $250 in gas a year by buying an expensive bike...but if that's what you need to tell yourself to buy one...go for it...LoL!
Clearly you're not really concerned about spending $4,000, so I don't know why you'd go out of your way to save a measly $733.11 per year.The scooter is only what $4grand not even. And I would be getting what is it close to 80 or 90 mpg. and a hybrid is way more expecive so yea
Kia Forte Koup 2.4 = 15,000 miles / 22 mpg * 3.24 = $2,209.09 Average Annually (I'd bet you get better mileage than this, just used EPA) I average 26-27 MPG overall.
Now, take the cost of this scooter, and divide it's price over the course of it's lifetime (I'd say 4 years, max)
So, not including insurance, registration, maintenance (and yes, there will be maintenance - scooter tires and brakes wear out like you wouldn't believe) = $3,499.00 * 1.07 (Not sure your sales tax?) = $3,743.93. Try 8% or greater on average
Vehicle cost over 4 years = $935.98/yr
Now, let's calculate your mileage on a scooter (keep in mind, I'm sure you won't do every mile of those 15,000 miles on your scooter so this is the absolute minimum price you will spend on gas).
15,000 miles / 90 mpg (which you won't be getting, trust me) * 3.24 = 540.00 Pipe dream -- try a more realistic 50 MPG -- and that is ONLY if driven slowly...at or near highway speeds will significantly reduce the MPG.
So, your minimum price will start at $935.98 + $540.00 = $1,475.98 (Again, assuming that you don't use your other vehicle AT ALL)
A total savings of $733.11 (Annually) and over 4 years, $2,932.44.
However, I'd expect you only drive this thing around for a max of 2 years, bringing your annual cost to $2,411.96 - A $200.00 expenditure NOT SAVINGS!
Clearly you're not really concerned about spending $4,000, so I don't know why you'd go out of your way to save a measly $733.11 per year.
Here's the point, if you want a scooter, get it, but don't justify it on the premise that you're going to get massive savings, honestly, once you take out insurance and maintenance you'll be down to around 400 bucks or so. You'll be spending that on new shoes because they got crapped up while driving your scooter
*Edit: Also this estimate did not include the price of a good helmet (about $200) and other important necessities.