If you are contemplating the prospect of purchasing a sports car, you are one fortunate person indeed! Whether you are looking at being the envy of all of those that you cruise past or have just wanted to own one for some time and now finally have the chance, for many of us the prospects of ever owning a sports car remains a dream.
If you are considering making that first sports car purchase, consider the following:
First Things First, Make Sure You Can Afford It
By this I mean not just the purchase but the whole package that comes as standard with a sports car. Can you imagine anything worse than spending all your hard-earned money on the car of your dreams, only to discover just a few months down the line that you cannot afford to keep it on the road?
We are all aware that sports cars are the more expensive of vehicles to purchase, but not as many of us truly understand that these types of cars can be amongst some of the costliest to run. This includes a higher than average insurance amount, astronomical fuel costs with their high fuel consumption, and not to mention tax, services, and parts.
Which Car Is Better Suited to Your Intended Lifestyle?
Sometimes when purchasing a sports car, a few people will buy one which is the most unsuitable for the life they live. Now, while a sports car is meant to be adventurous and an exciting purchase if you intend to use it in your everyday life, it makes no sense whatsoever to purchase a two-seater if you have a big family, for example!
Similarly, if you are intending on continuing to do the weekly big shop regularly in this car, or you are insisting on staying in the multiple car share scheme at work, and your car only has two seats and no boot space, this will immediately become problematic.
Additionally, if you live in an area with many speedbumps and your sports car is very low, this is also going to affect the possible no-go regions where you may not be able to successfully drive through without risk of damaging your car’s exterior.
There are also factors such as noise, width, and power of sports cars which all need acclimatizing to. It may be worth thinking of keeping hold of your current standard car as a little run around to take care of the practical side of life and use the sports car for fun only!
Is Your Intended Choice A Coupe or Convertible?
When it comes to distinct body styles, there are usually two offered in most sports cars – an open roof convertible or a closed roof coupe. Often, your choice is all dependent on your taste, but when the weather is glorious, many sports owners love to be able to drive with the top down and show off their pride and joy.
If you live in a country with plenty of sun, convertibles are great, but for countries with the most unpredictable of weather, the UK being a great example here, you probably wouldn’t get anywhere near enough use out of such an open top car.
The main point to bear in mind here is security. Those sports cars with fabric roofs are obviously not as secure as those with a solid metal roof. There is also the noise level to think about here as well, with the level of cabin noise often hugely irritating when you pick up the speed in these cars.
Ultimately, make sure you get the right sports car for your money and make the most of this unique opportunity, which most of us humble car owners will only ever dream about!