Paul and I rented scooters from Scoot About here in Seattle the other day ($75/day). He forgot to bring his sunglasses so for the first part of the day he had to rent these goofy glasses. : P
You know, I just realized that I didn’t take any pictures of the actual scooters! Oops…
So here’s the deal. I’m not going to pretend like we didn’t have fun most of the day on this thing. If you’ve ever thought about renting scooters though I wouldn’t recommend going through Scoot About unless you feel comfortable riding on the road with cars that really aren’t conscious of two-wheels and you have plenty of money to pay for your mistakes.
I was trying to turn at the bottom of a hill (Eastlake) and the car behind me was driving realllly close behind me to get me to go faster. I got nervous and tried to move to the right so he could pass (which he did very quickly), brushed up against the curb and lost control. Luckily I landed on grass so I’m just sore with a few scratches and bruises.
What gets me (and the reason why I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone) is that, although the scooter was just scratched in a few places, they charged me the full replacement price plus the cost of labor ($75/hour) for the scratched parts. While checking out the damage though, the owner told me I was “lucky” because one part that I apparently scratched still had scratches from the last person who rode it, and they had already charged that person the full replacement price. You follow? She basically told me that they charge the full replacement price for the parts but then don’t actually replace them. They collect the money for the damages you agree to be responsible for in your contract, but its not clear that they actually use that money for repairs. My guess is that they collect the damages but continue renting out the scooter until it needs to be replaced altogether. If they were really concerned about the appearance of some scratches they wouldn’t have rented my scooter out to me in the first place (it definitely wasn’t brand-sparkling-new when I rented it – as I said it already had several scratches). I paid the $280 some dollars and left in tears.
The people were nice and it was fun, but if you’re a novice like me (it was my first time on a scooter) and don’t have hundreds of dollars to spare, I’d think twice.
*click image for full view//taken with kodak 200 on my canon eos rebel k2