Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder

Key Points
  • Buy from bricks & mortar store or online.
  • Limited real-world stores in Merseyside.
  • E-tailers tend to be cheaper.

  • What is an e-scooter?

    Electric scooters (e-scooters), such as the new Xiaomi range, are personal transporters suitable for teenagers and adults. They came to prominence in North America and then Europe when scooter hire companies Bird and Lime put thousands of them on the streets of cities across those two continents. They remain controversial in the UK (as of July 2020) due to not being legal to ride on public roads (unless hired). However, although Merseyside Police refuseed an FOI request on regarding their policing of e-scooters, very few police forces (essentially none outside of London) have taken any action against e-scooter riders.

    Where to buy e-scooters in Liverpool?

    At the time of writing, there are very few real-world stores selling electric scooters in Liverpool (or anywhere else in Merseyside). The main benefit of buying from a brick-and-mortar store is the ability to see the items on display. However, Halfords is the only store that sells high quality scooters and none of their Liverpool stores currently have them on display. Argos sells some less well-regarded electric scooters but they are not on display either of course. The other option for Liverpool residents wanting to buy an e-scooter is to buy from an online retailer like Scootered. Of course, you may really want to see or try out an electric scooter before buying one and, as this is not currently possible in Liverpool, you may consider visiting London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bird is hiring them, using the Xiaomi M365, and charging £1 to unlock them.

    Why Buy From Scootered?

    Scootered was founded in 2019 with the aim of offering the best e-scooters at the best prices with a reassuring two-year, UK-based warranty. The southeast has been our biggest market but there is no reason why residents and students in Liverpool should not benefit from our discounted scooters too. Of course, if you are buying online you could argue that it does not matter where the company is based and this is basically true: the most important things to bear in mind are where the stock is held (it is best if the stock is housed in the UK), the warranty offered with the e-scooter and that the company is UK registered (in case something goes wrong).

    The Xiaomi 1SXiaomi 1S


    Although more brick-and-mortar stores selling e-scooters may pop up in Liverpool, it is worth noting that High Streets are changing across the country, including in Merseyside, as consumers increasingly purchase goods online. The cost of renting a shop means that real-world retailers are forced to sell at higher prices to cover their costs, which is why so many High Street retailers have struggled against e-tailers. This is why we believe you will struggle to find a better deal in Liverpool for the better e-scooters, such as the Xiaomi 1S or the Pro 2. Added to this, you have the peace of mind of dealing with a UK company offering full warranties.