The type of car you drive has a huge impact on how others perceive you. For example, I used to drive a 1992 economy car and was constantly pulled over by the police. However, now that I drive a new Mercedes Benz, I have never been stopped. Not even once. My driving style hasn’t changed at all. Certain cars just exude more respectability and status. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen luxury cars stopped before; It just hasn’t happened to me yet.
I have also noticed that most people are not very knowledgeable about cars in general and will automatically assume that you are rich because you drive a luxury car. This is a complete fallacy as all the luxury brands have entry level vehicles that are very affordable and probably cost less than most SUVs. However, most people don’t think twice about owning an SUV, instead automatically assuming that you’re rich just because you drive a Mercedes. There is a big difference between a C-Class and an S-Class.
I read about a recent study that claimed that the type of car you drive does not lead to happiness because most people don’t consciously think about what type of car they drive all the time. Personally, I am constantly aware of the type of car I drive and I never forget it. I’ve always felt self-conscious driving a more modest car, but I feel so much better about myself now that I’m driving a luxury car. Maybe I am more self-aware than others, but I never forget it.
Let’s take a look at some common stereotypes. People who drive luxury cars are often perceived as snobs and status conscious. SUV drivers are generally considered adventurous, sporty, and fun-loving, while anyone who drives a minivan is typically family-oriented. People who drive performance cars are generally seen as pushy and pushy.
Do you want a nice car but don’t want to spend a ton? Why not consider a used car? Most normal people (if they’re not car fans) won’t be able to tell the difference between a new car and a used one that’s only a few years old. Used cars also depreciate much less, and many have been reconditioned to excellent condition. There are many options available, including used sedans, SUVs, used trucks, and coupes. Visit a used car dealer to find the best deals.
The only thing 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.