Gas prices driving scooter sales up in NH

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Scooters that were once a novelty have gone into high demand in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region – and area dealers say a nationwide fuel crisis has them difficult to get from manufacturers struggling to meet orders.

As gas prices rose to $4 per gallon businesses say everyone from professionals to college students began turning to small horsepower scooters that get upward of 70-100 miles per gallon.

Lisa Meeken, the sales manager at HK Powersports in Laconia, said that her shop’s sale of scooters has tripled compared to last year’s numbers. They currently are out of stock and are taking deposits on 2009 models.

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