A Brief History of Scooters

By: Kent Pinkerton

Scooters were first known as a child's vehicle that dates backto before 1920. Although scooters were being manufactured, themajority of older children fashioned their own out ofmiscellaneous used parts. Remember the Little Rascal movies withscooters made out of produce crates? Technology and economieshave changed since that time, allowing for today's mass producedscooters to offer a variety models and to be sold at areasonably low cost.

Modern scooters not only include the push scooters that requirea little bit of exercise, but also feature electric and gasmotorized models. Advancements in technology have made way formany physically impaired individuals to replace wheel chairswith motorized scooters and mobility scooters. Competition amongscooter manufacturers has led to unique design features as wellas miniature low-powered motorcycles.

Motorized scooters are considered low-power motor vehicles bymany municipalities and are subject to state and localregulations. Some scooters meet Department of Transportationregulations for operation on streets and roadways while othersare prohibited from being on the streets. Any time a motorizedvehicle is introduced into traffic areas, appropriate cautionarymeasures must be taken and proper safety gear must be worn.

Scooters can be easily found in the retail market, however notall retailers will carry all styles. Major discount ordepartment stores may only carry a couple of models that theybelieve will be the most popular among their shoppers. A scooterstore could specialize in a variety of recreational scooters,while another store will specialize in the mobility scooters.Retailers also offer scooter accessories to enhance theexperience as well as replacement parts and service. Any styleof scooter can be purchased online for retail pricing. Thecurrent market demand for scooters makes it hard to find them atwholesale prices for a single purchase, but there are manyopportunities for an individual to become a scooter dealer

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