Saving Money a Crazy Way
If you are new to crazyamazinglife, you don’t know that my husband and I recently relocated from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, also known as the land of the taxes. Really, this state will tax you on just about anything. We realized that to transfer our registration, and licenses over to CT would cost about $400 dollars up front (registration tax, license transfer fee, etc) and $400 dollars annually (give or take some for taxes on your vehicle each year). Also, Bry’s work recently transferred 100 people from their one location to the other and now the location Bry works has a parking lot at capacity, but the transfers aren’t over, another 100 people are coming in next week. What’s that mean for Bry? Either he needs to A) get in earlier to get a spot, B) get there when the lot is full, drive 20 minutes to the other location and wait for a shuttle (thereby being late to work), or C) buy a scooter. He would never consider being late, so he decided to go for the scooter.
Those of you who are Facebook friends may have seen the photo of the scooter last week. The scooter is a TaoTao50. It’s small, under 50cc which means it’s street legal without registration or a license plate. You do need to be 16+ and have a driver’s license. He convinced me (ok i wanted to learn but was nervous) to drive and I loved it! Perfect for tooling back and forth to work, and to run errands! In fact I fit a shirt, and jacket I’d bought for Bry, some veggies I bought at a farm stand, mail to buy postage for, several grocery items, my purse, and a comfy pair of flip flops in the seat. Basically, so much stuff I needed two trips to carry it inside! Did i mention I loved it?
This area really is perfect for this sort of travel too, pretty populated, and we are very centrally located. I can legal ride in the bike path, no more parallel parking downtown, and 100 miles to the gallon. We wear helmets, the scooter doesn’t go above 25, and we only take it on secondary roads. The savings on gas alone would justify the cost of the scooter and not paying taxes on it was just a crazy big bonus. So what did I do? Start searching for my own.
In fact we are even going to sell my car (it doesn’t do well in the snow anyways). Snow! Now you are wondering what this crazy person is going to do when it snows. Well, my walk to work is 20 minutes. I timed it in the heat of a 90 degree day. Brutal. Anyways, I have several pairs of sturdy boots, and plenty of warm layers (hello knits!) and I have practice walking that far from when I lived in England. At least for now, while we are two people in our twenties this is perfect for us. And the resale value is great, so no problems there, should a third person appear. Of course, I didn’t want the sporty, manly(is that possible?) looking scooter that Bryan has (I think so), so I started searching Craigslist.
At first I thought I wanted a Vespa like scooter, and the same company that made Bryan’s scooter sells those style’s as well, in fact we were all set to get a blue one tomorrow when I saw the perfect listing. It was a 1982 Suzuki FA50. Yellow (fave color)! Mint Condition. Sat in a basement for a lot of the past 30 years. The seller brought it by Tuesday night and it ran like a dream. It’s the perfect blend of cute and vintage and I loved it. The price was better than right and included delivery. Of course, mint is relative in running machines. It needed the carburetor to be cleaned and, ever the engineer, Bry needed to tinker around with it for a couple hours before he’d let me take it to work (and before I’d comfortably ride it on the road, but it runs perfectly and I’m so excited. My boss saw this scooter yesterday (it’s technically a noped. No pedals, and basically a bike frame) and started talking about getting one. It’s that perfect in an area like this, and she is 65!
Anyone need a car? 🙂 Selling a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, 2 door. 53,000 miles. In August it will make it’s way back to PA via my parents and will be sold. I’ll be sad to see it go, but it’s time. Good bye Silver Bunny. We had some good times.
Anything ‘crazy’ you’ve done? Because this is crazyamazinglife and we scoot to work now 🙂