When you are looking to purchase your first vehicle, there is a lot to consider beyond pricing.
While more people are opting for electric cars, scooters and motorbikes are also becoming more popular for those who have to undertake daily commutes to work. It can be difficult for people to choose between a scooter or a car, especially if you have grown up in a home where the car was the staple of travel. However, it is well worth considering which one will fit your lifestyle better and which one would be more favorable to your budget.
This article looks at five categories comparing a standard car to an electric scooter so that you can see an unbiased comparison of the two.
It’s not all about cost, but the cost is certainly a factor and is one of the core differences when it comes to choosing between a car or a scooter. Even a scooter that is being sold by a Piaggio dealer is unlikely to be as expensive as that a four-door sedan. Scooters are not only a lot cheaper, but the maintenance, insurance, and gas of operating a scooter (which is even lower if it is electric) should all be considered when thinking about costs.
Going back to maintenance for a moment, you have to keep in mind that maintaining a scooter is cheaper and more affordable than a car. Parts and repairs are cheaper for scooters, and changing out things such as tires takes less time on a scooter. This can be a bit of a double-edged sword, as not all garages can offer repairs to certain types of scooters, especially if they’re electric. In contrast, every garage in the United States will be able to offer maintenance advice about a car!
If you are someone who cares about the environment, you will want to look at the comparison of how these two vehicles compare relating to carbon emissions. It goes without saying that even if you were comparing an electric car to an electric scooter, an electric scooter would come out on top. Going back to the initial example of a four-door sedan and comparing it to an electric scooter (or even a traditional scooter), scooters and motorbikes produce less carbon dioxide emissions. So this will also result in you having to pay lower road tax.
If you are using your car or bike to commute, you will not want to drive around searching for a spot for 20 minutes. Interestingly, if you opt to park in a parking structure, the ticket price is often lower for those on scooters than it would be for cars. As well as this, scooters are simply easier to park and leave and easier to leave next to the initial destination due to their size.
If you are looking for a vehicle that can go fast and has a lot of power, then undoubtedly, a car will be the faster option. This is not stating that there are no powerful scooters today, and even electric options can be fast. However, if you want something more in the way of a sports-based vehicle that can reach top speeds, you should opt for a car.