What Scooters does Tigit have?
Hopefully this will lead you on the right path in deciding which scooter you should rent when living in Vietnam.
The Honda Blade Semi-automatic
A scooter that is never going to break down. Lightweight to drive and good with gas consumption. Over time, the Honda Blade is going to be the cheapest option for a city rental!
The Blade has no under the seat storage space and the use of a gear system means the Honda Blade is less smooth than the automatic options.
The Suzuki Hayate – Automatic
In terms of automatic, there is no scooter that comes close to the Suzuki Hayate when considering cost vs reliability. For Tigit it allows for a competitive deposit and for the rental customer it provides excellent value for money. Although they can develop small problems, the Hayate rarely completely stops moving. Customers should not fear being roadside stranded!
Poor gas consumption is the main downside to the Suzuki Hayate. Small problems develop that need mechanic support to fix, but nothing serious!
The Honda AirBlade – Automatic
The reliability and convenience of the Honda Airblade make is easily the best option for a city rental. However, the Airblade is not a cheap motorbike and this reflects in both the deposit and rental price. A Honda scooter is very unlikely to break down, and a front opening gas refill provides maximum convenience at gas stations. The ultimate automatic scooter which is why they are so common on the streets of Vietnam.
The value of the motorbike is high, which leads to a higher deposit and rental price.
The Yamaha Nouvo – Automatic
The Nouvo is peanuts to buy, a throw away scooter on the Vietnamese market, which for a rental company can mean a fleet of motorbikes bought for just $200+. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the return on investment on a 1 million dong monthly rental is incredibly quick and risk free. They look the part and providing the motorbike moves from A to B then the rental customer should be happy!
The maintenance is high, and if a rental company does manage to expand beyond 20 vehicles then the army of mechanics required to keep these outdated scooters on the road is going to be massive. A concrete and harsh brick wall can be hit where the circle of breakdowns creates an unsustainable and impossible fleet to manage. Small rental companies operating with a few motorbikes can get away it, but scaling the Yamaha Nouvo is next to impossible.