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Scooter popularity rises as gas prices hit new highs




A shop owner stands next to old models of refurbished Vespa scooters.
A shop owner stands next to old models of refurbished Vespa scooters.
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As gasoline pushes towards four and a half dollars a gallon in Southern California, some people are thinking about trading in their gas guzzlers for more efficient vehicles. And, apparently, a lot of folks are thinking about trading in four wheels for two. Sales of motor scooters have risen along with prices at the pump. Susan Carpenter is on with Madeleine. She writes about cars, motorcycles, and motor scooters for the LA Times.