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Bye bye Scooter!

Hoorah! The scooter has sold. Can’t say that I wasn’t sad to see it ridden away by someone else. I was really attached to it, but it didn’t make sense to keep it and never EVER ride it. I think since I moved to Vancouver, I’ve taken it out less than 10 times. And not at all since October (when I moved to my current place).

I originally bought the scooter brand new in a private sale for $2,200 3 years ago, and today I sold it for $1,600 (+$75 insurance refund). I took a loss of $800, not including the performance upgrade and various accessories I purchased for it. But all in all, this was definitely a money saver for me – and aside from working 2 full-time jobs for 3 months, was the biggest reason I was able to get out of debt so quickly. To have a reliable, economical ride with no mechanical problems whatsoever – what a lifesaver! Plus it was super cute and fun to ride. I got compliments on it and people were always stopping to ask me questions about it.

So, there were definitely a lot of fond memories with that scooter. But I’m glad the scooter went to the person that bought it. She’s a lot like me, and she seems to be the type who would take good care of it. And that was the main thing I wanted. I wanted to sell it because a scooter as awesome as mine needs to be ridden, but I wanted it to go to someone who would love it and appreciate it.

It sounds so silly. I’m making it sound so dramatic. It’s just a scooter! But to me, it represents what got me from my past to my future. From in-debt to debt-free. And that means a lot. :)

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


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