It’s probably been the fantasy of most young drivers who have been stuck with one clunker or another. The dream of getting yourself a luxury car. Something flash. Something sporty. Something fast.
Now that you have a little more financial leeway, it seems all the more possible. But what should you be thinking before visiting the dealership? We’ll take a look here.
The very first thing you need to think about is how much car you can afford. With luxury vehicles, you’re often paying for more than just the car, too. You need to think about how to finance it, yes. But also how to maintain it and potential need for replacement parts.
Going used might be able to lower the initial price of the car. But are you going to have enough to keep it in good condition? You don’t want to buy the car of your dreams only to find you can’t afford to keep it.
There’s also the fact that, before buying a luxury car, many people might never have sat in one before. Never known what it really feels like to drive one. They look gorgeous, but you don’t know whether they’re going to suit you until you’re behind the wheel.
Most luxury car providers do not provide test drives. Yet if you source local businesses like the guys over at signaturecarcollection.com, you can test or even rent one and see how it feels. Make sure the car is something you absolutely want before throwing all your money at it.
Now, we’re going to look at some of the benefits that most luxury car owners will be able to attest to. Number one is the feel of the drive and the prestige. Both the visceral experience and ego boosting effect of just having one of these. It’s not to be underestimated.
But the level of service that luxury car providers offer is usually top notch. They want to keep the customers that have spent that kind of money on a car. They also tend to push the boundaries of technology. Both the kind that keeps you entertained and the kind that keeps you safe.
It’s not all sunshine and roses, however. For one, as thesimpledollar states luxury cars are a security risk. In particular, they have a higher likelihood of getting stolen. Depreciation, even if it’s at the same rate as other cars, is worse. Simply because any rate is going to take more out a more expensive car’s worth than a cheaper one.
The cost of repairs and replacements has been mentioned, but sourcing them can be difficult, too. Not as many providers will have the parts you need. Finally, there’s the space to consider. In general, there’s not as much in a luxury car.
The pull of the luxury vehicle is something that’s hard to resist. But you need to carefully consider what you need from a car and what you can give to it. You don’t want to be buying a fantastic vehicle just to have to return it.
Owner / Editor of Carwitter – French car fiend, hot hatch lover. Follow @car_witter