Renting vs. Owning An Electric Scooter

on May 04, 2022

In the last couple of years, electric scooters have really become a popular means of transport, as seen in most cities across the country. A lot of people are opting for this green means of transport to ferry them across their cities, particularly for short distances. These scooters are environment-friendly, noiseless, and more pocket-friendly, hence their continuously growing popularity.

Currently, riders have two options when it comes to electric scooters. They can either choose to rent or own one. Either option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we take a look into either of these options and help you decide whether you should rent or own.

Cost

Renting an electric scooter is a very cheap option. Usually, you are only charged for the distance covered as you ride the e-scooter. Thus, if you rarely use an electric scooter, then renting one may be the cheaper option for you. However, if you are a frequent electric scooter user, then owning one may be the cheaper option in the long run. While it will definitely set you back a couple of bucks at first. Once you make your payment, you no longer have to make any more payments and your investment will eventually recover itself as you enjoy your free rides on your newly owned scooter.

Charging

One of the greatest perks of opting for a rental rather than owning an electric scooter is you do not have to worry about charging the rental. It is the rental company’s job to ensure that their rentals are charged and are ready to go whenever a client needs one. Thus, the rider does not have to worry about covering the electric costs or having the right equipment needed to charge their electric scooter.

However, when you own an electric scooter, the burden of charging the scooter falls on the owner of the scooter.

Personal Modifications

We are all unique individuals. Thus, most of us usually want the things we are using to represent us in one way or another. Owning your electric scooter rather than renting it allows you to customize it to suit your personal preferences. Thus, if you wish to change the color of your electric scooter to match your favorite color, you can easily do that. You can even add stickers to your e-scooter to create a more personal touch.

However, if you choose to rent an electrical scooter rather than own it, you cannot customize it. Since it is technically not your property and can actually be considered vandalism to personalize it in some cases.

Maintenance/Care

Just like you do not have to be responsible for charging a rental. You do not have to be responsible for your electric scooter’s maintenance and care. Once you have completed your ride, the burden of responsibility is no longer on the renter. Therefore, if the electric scooter gets damaged or stolen when a renter has completed their ride, it is no longer their problem.

Nonetheless, if you own an electrical scooter, the burden of responsibility falls on the owner. This means that the owner is responsible for ensuring that their e-scooter is well maintained as well as protecting it from theft and damage.

Accessibility

Owning an electric scooter ensures that whenever you need to get from point A to point B, your e-scooter will always be available to help you cater to your transportation needs. Nevertheless, when you choose to rent an electric scooter rather than own one. You have no guarantee that there will be an electric scooter available for rent in your vicinity. This can be a real inconvenience, particularly if you have an emergency you need to get to as quickly as possible.

Condition of The Scooter

The unfortunate thing about renting a rental scooter rather than owning one is that you are never assured what condition your electric scooter will be in. Most individuals do not have high regard for public property. Thus, they are unlikely to take care of it as well as they would their personal property.

Plus, with a rented electric scooter, the renter is not responsible for the maintenance and care of the e-scooter they are renting. They may not be aware of any defective parts the electric scooter they want to rent has or the state of the e-scooters battery. Hence this puts them at an increased risk of their battery running out or being in an accident due to a defective part on their rented electric scooter.

Therefore, you are safer on an owned electric scooter rather than a rented one.

All in all, renting or owning an electric scooter comes with its own pros and cons. We would personally recommend you own a Kaabo Mantis 8 rather than rent one. By owning a Kaabo Mantis 8, you can always be assured of the state of your electric scooter. Plus, you can always count on the fact that your Kaabo Mantis 8 will always be available whenever you need it.

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