How to Choose A Car For Yourself

If you’re one of those people who constantly say about their car “It gets me from A to B”, this article is not for you. I get it, you’re better than me because I’m materialistic and enjoy automobiles for more than just transportation – and what kind of person cares about that? Well, lots of people actually. If you like to rub it in other peoples’ faces that you couldn’t care less what your car looks like, or performs like, or how it makes you feel when you drive it, go down to the local used car lot and find the cheapest car there and buy it. It gets you from “A to B”, right?

Now, if you are one of the self-absorbed jerks who sees cars as a little more than a glorified buggy (like myself), and you are struggling to figure out which car will suit you, then I have a few words of advice for you.

Choose a Car for You

First of all, fuck what everyone else says about a car. Everyone has different preferences about cars and they don’t all line up. I can’t tell you how many times I have rethought my decision on a car because some shitzipper has a condescending passing comment about it. What makes them the expert? If you like a car don’t let other people influence you. Because its a guarantee, that no matter what you think about a car, someone else will have the opposite opinion.

I love hot hatches. I don’t know why, but they have always appealed to me for some reason. I get a lot of shit for this. But you know what? I don’t really care. Because when I get it one of them and start darting around the roads it makes ME happy. And a lot of times, it just takes a single ride along for one of those nay-sayers to change their opinion about it.

Chill out on the Looks

Don’t just choose a car because you think it’s super cool looking and will start turning heads on the streets. Honestly, to really get strangers looking at you, you need to be in 100k+ sports car that most people wouldn’t see anywhere but a car show. OR a classic car that is all but extinct. People see thousands of cars everyday, and even as a car enthusiast, 99% of them won’t get a second glance from me. They’ve all been seen before, yours will be no different.

Don’t Compromise

Having said that about looks, you want what you want. When you start cutting corners on your hobby car, you will find yourself disappointed once the thrill of having a new car wears off. Personally, I like HID headlights. I know it’s a silly thing to care about, but it is one of those things that is important to me. So guess what? When I buy another car, it’s going to have HID headlights. The last thing you want is to be driving your car you’re supposed to love saying “It’s good, but I wish it had….” That’s not the way to do it. Six months later you will be on Autotrader again searching for something else.

Make sure you can afford to drive it

Remember that the price sticker on a car is only something like a third of the total cost. Be prepared for regular maintenance cost and repairs and gas mileage. Plus, if you stretch yourself on the sticker price, you’re going to think twice every time you think about taking the car out for a spin. A car is meant to be driven. It truly does nothing else. A friend of mine blew his savings account on Porsche 911 a few years ago. Gorgeous car and absolutely amazing on the road. He had it for 3 years and guess how many miles he put on it. 600. Yes, 600 miles in 3 years. The rest of the time it sat in his garage while its cover collected dust. What a waste! I’m certainly not a proponent of beating on one’s car, but if you are afraid to take the car out EVER, than there is no point in having it.

Conclusion

No one can tell you what car to buy. It’s a personal choice and you need to choose what makes you happy. Of course you should be wise and take into factual elements into account like mechanical reliability and things of that sort. Remember, you can get a car that gets you from “A to B” and still enjoy it.