I’m not a car guy.
I never have been.
My father was never a car guy.
Most of my friends weren’t either.
So, I never got into the whole thing.
I grew up in New York City.
Ok, Staten Island to be more precise.
There, it was liberating but not a necessity.
My first two cars combined only cost about $2,000.
Sure, at one point I went a little overboard with a car, but the car itself wasn’t expensive.
Truth be told, I really don’t care about, nor equate quality to the price tag of a vehicle.
Cars that supposedly represent a person’s social or financial “status” are just jokes to me.
Too often I see people with crazy-expensive cars who have absolutely no class or decorum whatsoever.
So that right there tells me that the idea cars as status symbols is a completely flawed theory.
Aside from that , I just have issues with…
Auto Care & Maintenance
This is quite simple: I don’t want to be bothered with all of the hassles of owning an expensive car.
I don’t want to have to be anal about where I drive, or who/what I allow inside.
I don’t want to have to carry a towel to wipe it down every time I drive it.
I don’t want to have to hassle with going to a specialized shop for routine maintenance.
I don’t want to become one of “those'” people who look at their car like it is one of (or even better than) their children.
I don’t want to have to deal with any of that stuff.
It’s not that I don’t want to take care of my possessions, that’s not it at all…
My issue is that I don’t want to spend the amount of time of money that is required to endure that such a costly possession is well-maintained and cared for.
Car Insurance Premiums
High car insurance premiums charged by auto insurance agencies are associated with shiny, expensive, new cars.
Because they are expensive to repair/replace for starters.
Also, because they are highly sought after by thieves due to the high cost of the individual parts.
Part of that issue is also how/where you store your car–a garaged vehicle is considered safer than a street-parked on.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a garage in which to keep my car parked, which makes me susceptible to this last factor.
There are also driver factors which raise the insurance rates…
So let’s not pretend that you aren’t going to be opening up your fancy new luxury or sports vehicle to see just how far it can be pushed ?
The bottom line is that I don’t want to pay more for my auto insurance than I do for my mortgage payment!
Damage From Road Debris/Parking Lots
I’m probably not alone when it comes to being the victim of damage to a car that was truly not my own fault or avoidable.
Debris on the road can be kicked up by other cars which has the potential to scratch my own car, cause dents, or even crack the windshield.
Trucks that are by law supposed to cover and secure the crap they are transporting often do not, and that stuff flies all over the place.
Idiot people who shove shopping carts across parking lots recklessly can scratch and dent cars and not think twice about it.
I’ve seen and experienced these things with my own two eyes, and it’s very frustrating to have to deal with after the fact.
Sure, in parking lots you try to park strategically:
- Choosing a space next to a curb
- Parking at the far end of the lot
- Illegally taking up two spaces (either side-by-side or facing each other
I definitely won’t recommend that third option, however.
Even taking precautions won’t guarantee your car will remain safe from dumb or careless people.
Or even cheap cities that refuse to fix potholes or torn up roads for that matter!
Other People’s Bad Driving
Going back to the parking lots, at one time I came out of a mall only to find that my front passenger-side door was dented, yet no one was around.
No note, no witnesses, and of course no security cameras to review in an effort to catch a glimpse of what had happened.
I don’t just talk–I follow my own advice like what I mentioned in the previous section:
I’m the type of person who likes to park far away from my destination, knowing that most people are too lazy to do so themselves.
I also like to park against the curb so the possibility of a moron opening their door into mine is limited to one potential side.
Sadly, people always find ways to be stupid and careless:
- Not paying attention when opening their door
- Being preoccupied on the phone
- Talking with others in the car
- Not being aware of their surroundings
- Trying to find where their destination is
- Putting on makeup
- Working–YES I HAVE SEEN THAT!
All of these things can easily be avoided but aren’t because people don’t consider anyone else but themselves.
Mother Nature ie: Hurricanes, Hail, Snow, etc.
When I lived in New York, it was snow that made driving difficult at times, and the road salt which was the enemy of metal parts and a car’s finish.
When I moved to south Florida, it became the thunderstorms and the damage from hurricane season.
In destructive weather, anything has the potential to damage a car.
I’ve seen trees and light poles knocked down, resting on top of cars.
I’ve even seen street and store signs pulled off of structures and be thrown through windows, landing inside of cars.
Hail can be large enough to crack windows.
Even if I did have a garage within which to store a car during these times, it’s not always guaranteed to be safe.
In heavy rain, the streets can flood so quickly and high that you can’t see what you’re driving into.
Under those conditions you could easily drive into a ditch or large pothole.
I’ve had a cracked rim on my 2018 Honda Accord cost me $750 to replace so imagine the kind of cost damage like that and worse would cost on any number of status brands.
It makes my head hurt just thinking about that number lol.
Kids Playing In The Street
This is something I know about firsthand because I was one of the people I’ve grown to bitch and moan about.
Growing up, we’d play football and basketball, toss a baseball and ride bikes or skateboards in the streets right next to parked cars.
I’ve crashed a bike, skateboard and even my own body into a few.
Now that I have my own car and know how much time and money it would cost to repair if from damage caused by any of those activities, I understand why we got yelled at so often as kids.
It still doesn’t change my mind, however.
Maybe I’m a hypocrite or out of touch now, but I still don’t want any of the neighborhood kids doing kick flips on their boards, or throwing a baseball across the parking lot when my car is only a few feet away.
Perhaps if I had more money than I knew what to do with, and I could own a fleet of cars if I so desired, I would reconsider.
It’s doubtful that would ever be the case, though, as I could think of numerous other things to do with that kind of money.
To be honest, I don’t even like driving to begin with.
Like, despise would be a better word to describe my feelings toward it.
Who knows what can happen in the future, but even though I tend to stick to my convictions, I will never say never.
But again, it’s a personal choice.
For me, I just don’t care enough about cars and what they “say about me” to spend the money.
If you do, and you can afford it, great, I’m happy you have something that brings you joy!
What are your thoughts on car ownership? Do you care more about your “image” or your money? Better yet, do you even own a car or rely on public transit and/or rideshares?