Scooters - STT
Good morning, all!
Do people use scooters much for transportation around the island? We were thinking about bringing our scooter with us then selling it before we leave to go back to the states. I read (I can't remember where) that because it's more difficult/expensive to buy vehicles on the islands, you can usually make a profit if you bring a vehicle in with you and sell it. I wasn't sure how accurate that was, and I also wasn't sure there was a market for scooters. Under the transportation area of the page it doesn't seem like people use them much, but I wanted to get ya'll's input. It's a pretty hardy little scooter. It's gone from Phoenix all the way up through northern Canada and back down, so I don't think hills will be a problem for it. Since we'll only be there for about 4-6 months, do you think it would behoove us to bring it or should we just stay close to the main area and use the safari line if we need to go somewhere?
No, no and no again multiplied by a few thousand! Our roads just aren't suited to scooter riding and it's very dangerous. There are a couple of outfits here which rent scooters to day visitors off cruise ships and I wish they were banned. I've seen several turned over and stay WAY back from them when driving. You can't see them when coming around a blind curve until you're almost on top of them. Ask any ER nurse here for confirmation!
If you plan on staying for only 4-6 months, I wouldn't suggest dealing with the hassle of moving the scooter here. It could get held up that long in transit and clearing customs / dealing with the DMV, etc.
This topic has been discussed in great detail before. Do a search on "scooter" in the archives and make sure your date range is set to "all" (it defaults to "last 30 days" ). The general consensus is that transport by scooter is a very high-risk way to get around down here.
I would not bother shipping a scooter for a temporary move. You can buy and re-sell one here for a lot less cost and hassle.
Thanks everyone for your input! The scooter will remain at home 🙂