The type of car you drive has a huge impact on how others perceive you. For an example, I used to drive a 1992 economy car and I was constantly pulled over by the cops. However, now that I drive a new Mercedes Benz I have never been pulled over. Not one single time. My driving style has not changed whatsoever. Certain cars simply exude more respectability and status. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen luxury cars pulled over before; it just hasn’t happened to me yet.
I have also noticed that most individuals are not very knowledgeable about cars in general and will automatically assume that you are wealthy because you are driving a luxury car. This is a complete fallacy since all of the luxury brands have entry level vehicles that are very affordable and probably cost less than most SUV’s. However, the majority of people don’t think twice about someone SUV but will automatically assume you are wealthy just because you drive a Mercedes. There is a huge difference between a C-Class and S-Class.
I read about a recent study which stated that the type of car you drive doesn’t lead to happiness because most people do not consciously think of what type of car they are driving all of the time. Personally, I am constantly aware of what type of car I am driving and I never forget. I always felt self-conscious driving a more modest car but I feel so much better about myself now that I drive a luxury car. Maybe I’m more self-aware than others but I never forget it.
Let’s take a look at a few common stereotypes. People who drive luxury cars are generally perceived as snobby and status conscious. SUV drivers are usually thought of as adventurous, sporty and fun loving while anyone who drives a minivan is usually family oriented. Folks who drive high performance cars are usually considered aggressive and show-off’s.
Want a nice car but don’t want to spend a ton? Why not consider a used car?! Most regular people (if they aren’t car fanatics) won’t be able to tell the difference between a brand new car and a used car that is just a few years old. Used cars depreciate in value a lot less too and many have been reconditioned to be in great condition. There are many options available including used sedans, SUV’s, used trucks and coupes. Visit a used car dealer in order to find the best deals.
All that matters is that you are happy with your own car. It doesn’t matter if you drive a Chevy, Kia, Chevrolet, Buick, Honda or Ford.