My car is in the shop right now, getting checked out by a mechanic to see what is wrong with it. I could put $2500 into it to fix it, or I could pay $960 to pay off the car and get the title, then donate the car to some charity (so they can salvage it). I’ll have to see what the damage is when I talk to the mechanic on Monday.

I’ve been thinking, if the car is beyond reasonable repair, I think I’ll donate it and get a scooter. The question is which scooter? I know I want a maxi-scooter that I can use to cruise across the country if I wanted to.

Options I am considering are:

1) Kymco Xciting 500Ri

MSRP: $ 6,300 / $6,800 with ABS

Engine: 498cc

Kymco Xciting 500Ri

2) Yamaha TMAX

MSRP: $ 8,600

Engine: 499cc

Yamaha TMAX

3) Honda Silver Wing

MSRP: $ 8,500 / $ 9,000 with ABS

Engine:  582cc

Honda Silver Wing

4) 2008 Suzuki Burgman 400

MSRP: $ 6,000

Engine: 400cc

Suzuki Burgman