Switching to a scooter could save you hundreds

This Peugeot scooter could save hundreds of pounds in fuel bills — and even pay for itself in a couple of years.

SWITCHING from a car to a scooter could save hard-pressed motorists hundreds of pounds in the first 12 months.
It may sound too good to be true, but a scooter like the Peugeot V-Clic can reduce fuel costs so substantially that it has the potential to pay for itself through money saved on petrol within two years.
Petrol prices have risen by 28% over the past 18 months, steadily increasing from £1 per litre in May 2009 to £1.28 following the VAT increase in January this year (data from Petrolprices.com). In a number of areas unleaded fuel now sells for more than £6 per gallon. That means the annual fuel bill for a small car driven in an urban environment would be £805.55, (travelling 5000 miles — half the average UK private mileage — at 36mpg).
Switching to Peugeot’s V-Clic scooter, which returns 100mpg, would reduce expenditure on petrol to £290, saving £515.55 in the first year. Over the course of two years the total saving would exceed £1,000, easily off-setting the purchase price of the scooter, which is currently on offer at £929.
There are other substantial savings to be made when changing from four wheels to two.
Road tax (VED) is £15 on scooters under 150cc, compared to £125 for a petrol engined car in band F.
Car insurance premiums hit a record high in 2010 — the Shoparound cost of annual comprehensive car insurance is now £792 — and small capacity two-wheelers are generally less expensive to insure. And parking is almost universally free.
For information on the Peugeot V-Clic scooter and details of special offers call 01202 823344 or visit www.peugeotmoto.co.uk.