Of course they're there to see your cars, why else?
Anywhere that a product (doesn't have to be a car) is marketed as an item of prestige, then the rest of it follows. Prestige is what you make it, and then again, regardless of your view for or against a product, the local attitude prevails.
Can't understand why "Acura" is deemed a luxury car - it's just a Honda outside North America. Really. The TSX is an Accord, which competes with cars like the Ford Mondeo or Mazda 6 in the real world. For the longest time, Mercedes wouldn't sell vans in America with the 3-pointed star as it may affect the branding they have cultivated - even if the whole world knows Mercedes makes trucks and delivery vans. And taxis in Amsterdam or Brussels are all Mercedes.
It's all a matter of access. If you live in a country where you can reasonably afford to get a new or used so-called prestige brand, then only you who have owned one or several will know what it's all about. Then you make the call. You may have a good run, you might get a lemon, but once you take the badge off it, then you can judge for yourself what makes it different. No access - and it is very vulnerable to sour grapes. There are grapes that are sour, but not enough for people not to buy them.
As the guy from Poland said - it is very mainstream over there. And Poland is not richer than America. And the guy from New Zealand - yes, Japanese cars can get very expensive to repair too, and they do break down. To each his own.
Some people need attention or a feeling of power perhaps.
After many years of some very nice cars, my passion today is only the machine. I love driving great cars on windy roads on mild days with the tops down.
Being in a car club, doing distance caravans or tech nights is really fun. Sitting in a chair for 8 hours at shows after many years, the passerby isn't looking at the old owners. A car doesn't make you important. The trophies reflect hard work. My biggest pride today is being in shows that have helped others and charities.
Even quite a few people have no idea what I drive. The first time I realized this long ago was passing a school bus in town. All the kids were hanging out the window pointing and cheering. Didn't happen when I drove my pickup and was just another person in the crowd. My take is that people may look and be drawn to seeing who is driving and can afford such an expensive vehicle. I don't want that kind of recognition as it's false. It's far more rewarding owning a car you have dreamed of, vs status which will make you tired keeping up.
I am appreciative of those that really like the cars vs. who drives them. Not everyone is capable of feeling this way. I know a young guy that cashed in his 401k and another that bought his car with a home equity loan. Look how long some new car loans are today, making it easy to drive cars that many can ill afford. The status lure can be a trap. People also buy used high end cars and can't afford any significant repairs that do come. If you like a car and have the money, it's the best situation. And do not concern yourself with what others may think of you.
I agree, it's sad to see most people driving around in cars they don't really own or are leasing in order to afford them. BTW I never have to do a timing belt on my BMW, which is considered regular maintenance on say a Camry every 100k miles at a cost of 600 to 800 USD. Really depends on what you want out of a car. I do like the idea of having a vehicle that is "below the radar", though. How about a Subaru Legacy GT?!
Imagine the interest, or even worse, risking losing a home to just buy a car. I realize many on here can afford it, and even are those that don't care about showing off. To me, I care more about a car holding up, and not spending a lot and getting far less than I expected on quality and repairs. I simply do not have the time getting cars fixed. Nice days arrive, and it's either in the shop or in the garage incapacitated. That doesn't impress me or the ones that don't see me driving around in it, if that's my purpose to start with.
How about a new world class Cadillac sedan with a Corvette motor and manual trans? I have had zero issues with new Corvettes. The drivetrains are exceptional and don't break. The sedan would be a great family vehicle compromise for room. Great handling as well. I think BMW is too bland in styling and high cost.
High cost depends on where you are. A Corvette outside North America is not cheap at all. To buy, insure, pay road user charges (based on CO2 emissions), or repair.
This gen Corvette is. I have seen them as low as 2500. I maintain it's well worth the wait to buy a 98 up in the teens C5 era. I learned this after owning Corvettes since 1986.
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