Scooting Around Gas Prices

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

August 23, 2005

The average gas prices in Charlottesville have now reached $2.48. Some people have found a new way to scoot around paying so much at the pump.

"I got rid of all my cars, vehicles, this is all I have," said Horace Danner.

Danner traded in his Volvo for a Vespa. He said it's in part because of how little it takes to fill up.

"It can go to $10 a gallon and I really will not be impacted because it only takes two gallons to fill it up and it lasts for 10 days or 2 weeks," said Danner.

In fact, scooters only cost between $2,600 and $6,000 and they get up to 60 miles to the gallon. "A tank will take you about 150 miles after the engine is broken in. A 2.4 gallon tank at $2.50 is going to be just under $7.00," said Dave Munn, of Vespa Charlottesville.

Right now an average car's tank cost about $30 to fill up. Danner isn't the only one exchanging his four wheels for two.

"We've actually seen an increase in more people coming in and looking at the idea of getting on a scooter and it's a fun way to get around," said Munn.

Danner agrees he wouldn't have it any other way. "They're just fun to drive, I can't get off of it."

Most scooter models only hit speeds around 35 miles an hour; however, some more expensive models will reach speeds of 90 miles an hour for people who need to drive on the highway.

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