|My New Ride!|
I previously wrote about how I loved having a scooter as a primary transportation option. The gas mileage is crazy good with these little 2-wheeled vehicles and they are super cheap to own and operate. Owning a car definitely has its own set of benefits, but I feel that the drawbacks are too high to overcome at this point in my life. Simply put, I’m looking to maximize every single dollar I earn as I aim to achieve financial independence before 40 years old.
Unfortunately, I sold the scooter listed in the hyper linked article above. I had an incident on the road that left me wondering about my own safety. I regret selling it now, as getting rid of the scooter was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction on my part. At the time I was riding the scooter almost everyday to work and using it for trips to the grocery store, along with other errands that would come up. I have since come to realize that I was riding the scooter too much, instead of using it for what its intended purpose was: to provide an alternate way to get to work when the bus ran late.
So, I have since rectified this situation and last week purchased a black 49cc 1997 Yamaha Zuma that you can see in the picture at the beginning of the article. It has less than 1,500 miles on the odometer (4-digit odometer). This little scoot is in pretty good shape for being 15 years old! I purchased it for $700, which is almost half of what my last scooter cost me. This thing costs less than a lot of bicycles, and certainly significantly less than a car that is even half-way reliable. Frugality is king!
This time around I am determined to not ride this machine more than I really should. I’ll continue riding the bus on a regular basis, which means almost every day. On the rare occasion (about once a month) the bus is running late, I can just hop on my ’97 Zuma and hustle my way into work. I’ll also use it for errands, as walking to/from the grocery store does get a little old after a while. I’ll probably also try to ride it at least twice a month, as the carburetor can get gummed up from lack of use (from what I’m told).
So, the great thing is that I accomplished my goal of developing or purchasing a frugal alternative to the bus. Basically, for any new readers out there, the bus runs late about once a month on average which leads to me being late to work. Since this is really unacceptable, I’ve decided it to be prudent to have an alternative for those occasions, and still get to work on time. I definitely don’t want to get fired due to attendance issues. It’s hard to save money and invest in stocks if I’m unemployed!
There you have it! I am the proud owner of a super-cheap 49cc scooter once again! I could have purchased a brand new knockoff Chinese scooter for the same amount of money, but a quality name brand scooter like a Yamaha will last infinitely longer.
How about you? Ever own a scooter? Thoughts on them?
Thanks for reading.