People Judge By the Car You Drive

@zeloguy (4913)
United States
May 6, 2011 4:11am CST
I admit it... I drive a nice car... and always have. It is something when I was little that I always wanted to do. I have noticed that people will judge me solely on the fact that I drive a BMW. When I have people that actually have the guts to ask they find that what I paid for my car or my monthly payment is less than the 'ordinary' car they drive, but I am looked on as one that has a lot of money or has a perfect life because of my choice of transportation. Nothing can be further from the truth. I almost never buy a new car, my interest rate has to be under 3% (I am paying 0.9% right now), I never 'NEED' a car or 'HAVE TO HAVE THAT ONE'... but wait until an incredible deal comes my way to purchase. I personally don't think it's fair for others to judge me in this way and was wondering what MyLot family thought. Thanks Zelo
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
7 May 11
I'll admit I would judge someone driving a nice car. If I see a nice BMW or Mercedes (my dream car) I tend to think they are somewhat successful and have the money to afford to drive such a car. I drive a sporty little car that's old (2000)but I keep it nice and clean. I don't know what people say about me when they see me in my car. The next car I plan to buy will also be a sporty car because that's the syle I like.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
7 May 11
OK so if the car you drive is a 2000... how much would a Mercedes circa 2000 be? 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Sedan 4D Excellent - $7,325 Good - $6,850 Fair - $6,100 * Kelly Blue Book Now say that you can get one for $6000 and you get $2500 for your car. That leaves you with $3500 to either to finance or to just pay out of pocket. At 4.76% interest (avg. interest on car), you are paying $104.52 and driving your dream car! Zelo
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
7 May 11
We had a Mercedes once, we buy old cars that need lots of work. Problem with the Mercedes is that you have to have special tools to work on them, and we could not afford to keep buying tools. I loved how it rode, though. We buy old, inexpensive cars, and we keep the outside clean with a waterless car wash product and we help the insides with an additive that makes the engine parts work more smoothly and it has the side effect of improving our fuel mileage. For insurance it costs so much less to insure a car that is older, it just seems a winner all the way around for us.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
7 May 11
I don't trust older cars too much no matter what make. I also heard they are expensive to repair (Mercedes). I'll just wait until I win the lotto and buy a new one.
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
7 May 11
I would want to see their house, and how they live their life, before I would judge them. I know you have posted about some vacations or trips you have taken. It makes me wonder what you do for a living. I have often driven through neighborhoods of nice (not expensive) homes and notice they have modest cars. On the other hand, you go through lower income homes and see expensive vehicles. The best balance is when they own quality of both homes, which usually appreciate, and vehicles, which usually depreciate. Some people start out being really wise when they are young and manage to continue it through their lives affording quality items at reasonable rates.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
7 May 11
Very good point. When my wife and I went shopping for houses back in '04 we wanted to make sure we didn't get over our heads like so many did at that time and so our house is a modest 2000² ft. With no kids it suits us just fine and although looking back I would have chosen a different house, I can know I am comfortable in this one. My cars are bought off-lease for the most part. The great thing about that is if you wait long enough you can find some (and there are not many) that come off lease with low miles. That allows you to retain the factory warranty and in some cases (as with BMW) an extra warranty is extended on the vehicle for being a CPO (certified pre-owned). I try to work with the same salespeople that tell me up front not what the price of the car is but honestly what the dealership is making on the car. It saves them time and saves me a lot of hassle knowing up front that a $28,000 car can be had for $23,852. THEN because it's a B-2-B warranty (bumper-to-bumper) you have them change EVERYTHING. Tires, wipers (no kidding), air filters, inside/outside detail. I even had my leather replaced on my seats in my current vehicle along with the dashboard and the cupholders (a joke for BMW; they are not even there in the Euro models). Now... even though I am buying a 3-year old used car... everything in it is new. Very little that is not covered (glass and paint are two things that I can think of off my head but it's free through your insurance in FL to get new glass, even for little chips). I have had them re-wash the car before because it was not to my liking and all the while I am eating their fresh-baked muffins, drinking exotic coffee from Jamaica, and watching a 60-inch big-screen (although I'm more apt to be on my iPad now with noise cancellation headset). Zelo
@zhpshql (695)
• China
7 May 11
Come on,man I will never judge another man by his car,so stupid...^^so don't worry... besides,,rich men don't drive cars,,now they ride bicycle..get yourself one.^^ Happy mylotting.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
7 May 11
You didn't see the Cervello bike that is in my garage.? Looked like a piece of crap when I got it.... A 2011 model can go for as high as $10,000. No kidding. So if I'm biking along the road on my Cervello you going to judge me for that too? Zelo
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
6 May 11
I believe tat people do assume certain things about us by seeing what kinds of cars that we drive. It doesn't change who or what we are as people, but it can change a person's views about us.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
7 May 11
The question is should it change the view that people have of other people because of the car they drive or the house they live in or the clothes they wear.... Zelo
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 May 11
We have a very nice car and a very nice truck too. We do not have alot of money though even though they are paid for. first we leased them for a few years and then we decided to buy them, which took 5 years for us to pay off. They still look like new though.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
6 May 11
It sounds like you know how to take care of what you own. If all of us were like that there would be no junky cars on the road! Thanks Zelo
• Philippines
8 May 11
I must admit, if I see someone driving a fancy car, I would say "WOW" but that would not make me start treating them like a god or somebody special! I do not like how people treat cars as status symbols. My Mom is one such person, and I love her, but it is so hard for me to like that side of her. To me, a car is a car, it takes you from point A to point B. I don't find it necessary to buy a brand new car. I could surely judge a person by the way they treat their cars, but I would not readily make any conclusions. :)