I've got a really good car right at the moment: a 1994 Toyota Camry with only 217,000kms. It used to be my parents' car until my mom bought a new one a few years back and I scooped up the old Camry rather than letting her trade it off. It's not worth very much but it still looks good and it's a pretty nice car to drive around in - plus it's been a virtually trouble-free car to own. I'd never be able to replace it with another vehicle for what I'd get for selling it, but I do need a truck for most of what I am planning on doing (firewood sales, painting, pressure washing etc.) plus I want to start trying to flip a few vehicles a year, so... the Camry will get sold first. Once I sell it though, I'll be left without wheels while I look for a little truck... and until I figure out if I can afford two vehicles for my operation (one to drive and one to sell) I might have to do without a car for a month or so at a time - thus it'd be nice to have a scooter as a back-up vehicle.
Another reason for buying a scooter is because of what I've called The Mindset of Production Versus Consumption. I want to invest into areas that not only create money, but also save money. Saving money is, I think, almost more important than making money, although of course both are necessary. Saving money is tax-free - it takes less effort to save money because of it's value added feature of being outside of the tax system. I'd do better to be able to live on $25,000/yr while earning $50,000/yr, than to be living on $40,000/yr and earning $65,000/yr - plus, it robs the people whom I do not wish to support with my tax dollars of their ill gotten income stream from my pockets, which I believe is the best form of activism I can do.
So even though a car like the Camry is a good car, it's also becoming far far too much of an unnecessary expense for me. I don't really need it because The Woman has a really good car - a 2008 Toyota Corolla - and I spend about $1,000/yr in insurance and another $1,200 or so on gas for the Camry. I spend very little on gas because I only drive exactly where I need to go now - no joyriding, it's just too expensive. I've only put 20,000kms on the Camry since buying it three years ago. If I drove the way I used to drive, I'd have put on at least 75-90,000kms by now, but that's just too expensive at $400+/month in gas, plus maintenance, insurance and other what-nots. This is just ridiculous.
Those little electric scooters go about 40-50km/h and have a range of around 80kms. You don't need a license nor insurance and they cost about $2,500-$3,000 or so to buy new. Maintenance, I understand, will mostly center around replacing the batteries every couple of years, which might cost a few hundred dollars... but it still is a pretty sweet option, since you aren't going to pay a penny in gas or insurance in the meantime. Riding a scooter all the time would mean I could probably make it pay for itself after owning it for only a year - and I'd still have an asset after that, whereas the car results in a big fat zero.
Also, I'd like to drive one for a year to see what kind of vehicles they are and kind of learn about the market. I think it might be a growth industry as the rising price of fuel, combined with a grim job outlook in the modern economy, will likely mean more and more people will be giving up their expensive cars in favour of owning a cheap little runabout such as a scooter for their trips around town. I mean, it just makes financial sense to do so. I can't imagine the gas bill some of these guys are now paying for their V8 4x4 trucks. Yikes! Even if I needed one for work, I'd still drive the scooter around town to do errands.
So, it'll be a multiple purpose purchase. It's a no brainer that it'll save me money, plus it'll allow me to explore a market I might be interested in moving into business-wise in the future.