I just realized that my spending-money-on-gas/which-vehicle-to-use woes are easily resolved: ride my bicycle to work Spring, Summer, and Fall, weather allowing. This makes me nervous for a number of reasons. The roads on my commute are largely in bad condition and my bike is a hybrid, so it would need frequently tuning or some new rims to withstand the bumps. Traffic is sometimes pretty bad, in some areas of the commute, and I would be pretty scared to bike through those intersections.
I think I will just have to start biking again as soon as it gets warmer out and go from there. The hills on the commute aren't many and aren't that steep, but the routes I was taking last summer for leisure had practically no inclines so I didn't get used to that kind of exertion. The adaptation period is going to be a lot of cardio and I hate cardio.
The question remains: do I try to sell the scooter as-is, or get it tuned up (upwards of $200) first? I may only get about $500 for it. I'd like to sell it before I have to renew the insurance, in June.