The scooter industry has long been a global juggernaut, selling more than 1.8 billion scooters worldwide since 2006.
That means Canadian scooter owners have been hit hard in the recession.
For years, many Canadian scooters have been marked down or sold out.
It was bad enough that the country’s premier bike shop was shutting down last fall, but scooter retailers were also in a pinch.
“It’s very sad,” said Todd Gannon, vice-president of sales for Canadian distributor Prodigy.
“The Canadian market has been so good to us for a long time, and then we’re just sitting there and there’s no supply.
It’s just a really tough situation.”
The scooters that were on sale in Canadian shops were mostly imported from China.
But they were sold out at Prodigy stores, which are run by the company that operates Scooter Paradise, Prodigy’s parent company.
“We’re trying to get a little bit more inventory on our side,” said Gannon.
The Canadian scooters have been a big part of Prodigy and Scooter’s long-term growth strategy, Gannon said.
“Our mission is to grow our business to become a full-fledged scooter retailer.”
Gannon expects Canadian scotties will see the biggest boost from the government’s new rules that allow Canadian retailers to sell more scooters, including new models.
Prodigy has already started selling Scooters Paradise scooters to Canadian consumers through a partnership with the Scooter Centre of Excellence.
Prodigies owners have also been buying Canadian scots from Prodigy for years, and they’ll also be able to get their scooters from Prodigys Canadian store.
Progenys scooter has a price tag of $5,900.
“This is a good time to buy,” Gannon joked.
“You know, it’s going to be a little pricey but we’ll see how it goes.”
But Prodigy scooters are not only more expensive, but the prices are also more competitive.
Prodgenys Scooter store, near Kingston, Ont., is selling scooters for $6,600.
The Scooter King in Ottawa is selling the Prodigy Scroller for $7,500.
Gannon says Prodigy is also getting a few Canadian scotches from ProdGenys.
“They’re selling more scotched Canadian scotes than any other scooter store in Canada,” he said.