My eldest is 10 and my youngest has had his since he was 5 so although they are £££ they do last. I can scoot on it too so it should last them a good while yet.
They can be separated into 2 pieces for bunging in the car when you go on holiday too.
We originally bought my ds a 2 wheeler that folded up and had a carrying strap, thinking I could sling it on my back as I walked back from the school run but he couldn't really "go" it whereas he has never looked back with the one I have linked to.
We got them both black as they are less likely to object to the colour as they get older.
Folding micro scooters are like any modern rubbish ; poorly manufactured, prone to significant damage within months and likely to break. But they look cool and they fold up so easier for lazy parents to carry.
Old fashioned scooters are robust, with wide feet platform for extra stability and will last years as opposed to months.
You must have bought the wrong brand of micro, plink.
My DD has had her micro scooter at least 6 years, with plenty of use (incuding me, so its certainly robust! ), no damage though its too stiff to fold up now (probably nothing some oil wouldn't sort out - but easy enough to carry anyway as its light so I've not bothered)
Its some swiss make, I think. Not cheap but def well manufactured.
She's had her 'old fashioned' scooter a little longer - it too is still perfectly functional though rusting unlike the micro. Not used nearly so much (really only in the garden)
I was in the same boat so I ended up getting one of these Mini Scooter and Helmet & pads to go with it, now she can't wait to get out of the door in the mornings, and has certainly been fun for me on when I get my turn, or the way back.
I was looking into getting one of the mini ones for my girls (twins) on their 3rd birthday but just read that it is steered by leaning not turning the handles. Id that as difficult as it sounds or do they pick it up quite quickly?
Both my DDs have got IScoot scooters - two wheels at the front, folding is easy and they are steered by leaning which was actually the reason we bought the first one for DD1 nearly 2 years ago as she was very poor with physical development and it is meant to be 'more natural' for small children.
Last week we bought another one - this time for DD2 who is now 2.7 years old and she has got the hang of it really quickly.
DD1 has used hers almost daily since her third birthday (is 4.11 years now) and it is arguably the best thing we ever did for her as far as her physical development went.
DD has a Micro Sprite. She got it for Christmas and it fell apart about a month ago. Rather than buy a new one, we replaced the broken bit for £15. Now another bit has broken and it's another £10 to fix that. Unfortunately it's only guaranteed for 6 months. I'm not very impressed tbh. I'd expect more from a £55 scooter. She hasn't been doing any stunts on it so it really should have lasted longer than it did.