I got a baja sc50 scooter from pepboys. It was only $799, versus over $1000 for similar scooters.
On the plus side you get about 100mpg, it is small, fits in the bed of my pickup truck or back of the van for easy transport. The baja sc50 motor scooter is fun to drive. It has an automatic transmission, excellent brakes, and a quiet four cycle engine, much better than the smoke filled two cycle engines of other scooters.
The biggest plus of the baja sc50 scooter is that you do not need a tag to drive it.
In fact, one of my buddies that got one because he lost his license to dui. He says that he loves to ride it. That it should last 30,000 miles, but you have to change the spark plug every year.
On the minus side I found that it has trouble going up hills. It is 20 mph going up and 50mph going down. When you hit bumps on the rode you hit hard. That front wheel is hard and rides hard, so avoid bumpy roads. The back wheel slips on gravel, if you are not careful, you can fall. The worst thing is riding in cold weather. Going 40mph in 40F feels like a freezer. Also rain is bad.
Still, all in all, I like my scooter. A fun filled way to ride around and very easy on the wallet.In the future you may see a lot more scooters and SPVs (single passenger vehicles)