“People spend so much time in their cars, and it’s a legal way to have fun by speeding a little bit or testing yourself a little bit, and you get to invest in your car. For some people, it becomes their baby.” ~ Jordana Brewster ~
What does a car or truck mean to you? Is it a jewel of your life, a statement of your assets or simply a mode of transportation? Aside from a short stint back in the 1970’s when I had a sweet ’64 Pontiac Le Mans, I have been the transportation kind of guy. I have even been that way with my boats, just enough horsepower to get there.
Saturday I was the Master of Ceremonies and DJ for the Hotrods and Hogs Car Show in Cottonwood. Just because I do not put my own efforts into cars does not mean I do not appreciate them, the effort they take and the feeling of a committed owner. I appreciate that the owner has a goal and is willing to put sweat, money and passion into making that goal come to fruition.
Your lesson is to own the car that fits the combination of your lifestyle and what you can afford first. Go to that car you will love only if you can afford it. It does you no good to have the perfect car or truck if you cannot afford to feed either your family or your car. It is very seldom that you can count your car as an investment. They will usually take more money to insure and maintain than they will appreciate in value over time. Only own the car to drive or love and, even at that, they are going to break either your checkbook or your heart.
If you are a car lover, you can breathe now. I totally understand and we will not talk about my investment in bicycles or guitars and amplifiers. I realize there is no cure, but then you probably did not read this far.