Why I Bought a New Car?
Many of you might be wondering why I wanted a new car and my criteria for a new vehicle. I've been driving a Toyota for quick a while. Their sedans are some of the most reliable cars you can buy on the market right now with competitive pricing. They're functional in the sense that they are simply a tool to travel from point A to point B in a safe manner and nothing else. There is nothing exceptional about them except for reliability. I commend them for making a great vehicle in that sense but it is definitely not a drivers car.
Having experienced some higher horse powered vehicles I wanted something that is fast, luxurious, reasonably reliable, competitively priced and practical. What I consider fast is based on acceleration and trap speed. In day to day driving, you can only use your vehicle's acceleration and even then in these higher horse powered vehicles, its hard to use all of that power underneath the hood. Ideally I would like the vehicle to have a 0-60 time of less than 4.0 sec but I was also going to consider other vehicles under 5.0 sec as well. The top speed of the car might be important to someone who tracks the car often or is on the Autobahn but in the US, it's not legal nor safe to travel at 155 mi/hr. If you're going to go that fast, I suggest you take it to the track. But it never hurts to tell you friends oh this bad boy can get up to 178 mi/hr. For me, I don't expect to track the car often so the trap speed isn't of big issue.
Having been in a mundane car for quite a while, I wanted to experience owning a luxury vehicle for better or worse. Sure the Toyota has some nice features such as back up cameras, heated seats etc but it just cannot compare to what luxury automobile manufacturers can offer nowadays. Although I wanted a fast car, I didn't want to compromise on luxury amenities. I wanted the best of both worlds. The build quality and features offered in a luxury car is unparalleled. I also wanted to have good safety features such as parking sensors, backup camera, blindspot assist, emergency braking among others. Not that I am a bad driver but I want to be able have the option of knowing I have technology as a backup in emergencies. Relying on these systems is obviously not fail proof but it better than nothing. If I was willing to spend 100k on a car, I sure want to know I can be safe in it. I wanted to have the ability to turn on and off which ever safety features in order to support my driving habits.
Even though I am willing to shell out a big paycheck to pay for a new car, I surely do not want to buy a vehicle that constantly has problems. Not only is money a factor but just simply dealing with all the problems that might occur is a big inconvenience to say the very least. A sports car is meant to be driven, not being serviced in a shop. Sure its a sports car and something will break but how often it breaks and what breaks is the most concerning to me.
My price range was around the 100k mark. I would have preferred a fully loaded vehicle or something with most of the options for around this price. Depending on the vehicle, that might mean the base price would have to fall around 60-80k. I wanted the most value for what I buy. If the vehicle is fairly priced but the options are not, I might have to take a second look and decide if that's the route I want to take. The cost vs features I'm getting is what's important to me.
Practicality is something I truly value, whether it be cars or anything in life. Going along with this I wanted a 4 door sedan that allows room for 5 while having enough storage in the trunk for most items. The ground clearance was also considered. I didn't want something that stuck to the ground. I'm going to scratch the bottom sooner or later but it's nice to have something with a higher clearance so that I don't have to worry about every single curb or bump. Having a luxury sports sedan is something that I think that gives me the best of both worlds. When I want fast I can have that but if I want something more refined, I can also tame the beast and have it drive like a normal car as well. Another thing that most people don't realize is that insurance rates for a 4 door sedan compared to its 2 door coupe is generally cheaper to insure. While 2 door coupes might sometimes be more expensive due to being convertible, the undeniable truth is that the insurance company believes that a more practical person would opt for a 4-doored version of a vehicle, while a person who decides on a 2 door coupe is more likely looking for a sportier experience.