I got my 02 Zuma for $300 about a year and a half ago. Between gas, some maintenance, and insurance, it's still way cheaper as an around the city commuter than public transportation. I ride it to work almost every day, no matter what the weather or temperature, and it ALWAYS beats taking the car in. On off days, I take it around to explore the city, and it lets me go to areas I wouldn't take the car because of lack of parking or crappy roads. Riding it at its limits is a hoot, and people stop me to ask about it all the time. In terms of versatility, you can't beat it. I put groceries under the seat and on the floor board, take packages to the post office, and run all sorts of errand with it. 95% of the time, if I'm going local (within 20 miles of home), the scooter is what I'm taking. Now, I couldn't imagine life without a scooter.