Wednesday 24 April 2024

Can’t afford a sports car? You might well be better off…

Don’t feel bad if you can’t afford to purchase a brand new sports car. Most people can’t and those that can are probably kidding themselves. Come on, let’s be honest here, who has the money to spend up to one hundred grand on the adult equivalent of a toy? Most people can only ‘afford’ one because they cut costs elsewhere. Sorry kids, we can’t afford to send you to college because daddy bought a Porsche five years ago. We’ll get to that lapse in time, don’t you worry. For now though, let’s look at the reasons you’re better off not owning a big Beemer.

I could have sworn I just refueled

Yes my friend, you probably did, but your new Ferrari is thirsty and wants another drink. Look there’s a petrol station on your left! Oh dear, you’re on a main road where petrol is notorious for being more expensive and overpriced. You could always risk it and keep driving until you find somewhere cheaper. But we bet you run out of fuel before you do. Ask any professional petrol head and they’ll tell you every sports car you can think of devours fuel. One minute you’ll have a full tank and the next, you’re on zero. It probably doesn’t help that you’ll regularly reach rocket speed in your new sports car. That brings us to the next problem

Yes Officer, of course I was going seventy

It’s basic logic. If you’re in a car that can go faster, you’re more likely to speed. It’s almost an unconscious desire that you can’t quel or ignore. We’ve all done it on an open road with no traffic. We’ve pushed the limit a little too far and that was driving an old banger! Just think about how tempting it would be if you were behind the wheel of the latest porsche. Suddenly the highway looks suspiciously like Silverstone. It’s not until you notice the blue and white lights that you slow down. At which point of course, it’s too little, too late.

Broken again?

We can’t help but be jealous when someone buys a beautiful new sports car. Then we laugh when just months later they find it in the garage for repairs. Those repairs aren’t cheap either. They usually cost at least a few thousand and it’s difficult not to feel smug at that point. If you do own a sports car, we suggest you get acquainted with a pro mechanic and garage like Shadetree Automotive.

It’s worth how much!?

You see, we told you we’d come back to that time lapse. You might think, well so what if I just spend one hundred grand on a car? At least I’m getting my money’s worth. Are you sure about that though because that car won’t be worth a hundred grand when you sell it. You’ll lose almost all of that value when you sell it on for just a few thousand. That’s not an exaggeration, that’s fact.

So what’s the basic message here? Sports cars are fun, cool and fast, but they will cost you in the long run.

** This is a collaborative post

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