Rising Gas Prices Drive Up Scooter Sales

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

More and more people are discovering these days that two wheels are better than four.

Motorists in the Wiregrass have been switching to scooters and motorcycles.

"I think I've filled up once and it was about $12 dollars and you know, when you're spending $60-$70 bucks to fill up your car, it makes a big difference," says Jessica Chavers-Hill.

She is one of many motorists in the Wiregrass switching to scooters and motorcycles as an alternative way of transportation, and she's not the only one benefiting from the switch.

Chris Horton said, "Sales are up without a doubt; they're doing well and I can't complain at all."

Horton is the owner of Cell Mart in Dothan and has been selling scooters for the past year. He says with the rising gas prices, filling up a scooter is not as painful.

Some people may be a little apprehensive about the scooters, but Horton says they’re actually just like any regular seat. He explains, “It’s like sitting down on a chair, basically because you're not having to crawl over an engine, they're quite, got brakes, just give it gas and go.”

Chuck Parrish with Power Sports World says motorcycles are also zooming out the room.

"This is our third set that we got in two weeks and most of this right here is pretty sold," said Parrish, proving, two wheeled vehicles like Hill's, are quickly taking over the roads.

There is a special license required to operate a scooter or motorcycle.


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  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Jul 18, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    There great until a shovel is needed to scoop you off the road due to the lousy drivers we have here in the Wiregrass.
  • by Speedy on Jul 18, 2008 at 04:21 AM
    Bikes and Scooters are just fine and the cost to operate them is much less than Car or Truck,The down side is the Weather and Other Drivers who often give "Little Recognition to Scooters and Bikes". This will result in to a increase of possible personal injury,like anything else in life we all have a choice. Happy Motoring to All
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