Out of the budget scooters that I’ve ridden/seen, the Gotrax G4 is my favorite scooter to recommend under $500.
Even though it’s not the BEST warranty (90 days) it has a lot of built-in features that you wouldn’t expect but that work for lots of different riders. It’s faster than most at this price point, maybe even fastest?
The 10 in pre-slimed air-filled tires are beginner-friendly in maintenance and provide a nice ride. I like that the cables run down the stem and into the deck, so less chances of getting caught on something, and that there’s a cable lock and digital immobilizer (although it only works when the scooter is powered on).
It’s very user friendly and folds really fast/effectively. It also appears to have the same fender as the Apollo Air, which means the coverage will keep your deck/you from getting wet when riding in rain (it’s rated IP54). It’s also under 40 lbs in weight, so lots of great features for a big range of people!