Most of us who love our cars have had at least one person ask “WHY U SPEND SO MUCH MONEY ON CAR!?” when you could spend it on normal things like food. or even more clever, save?
There’s only one answer.
We love our cars. we love to try and polish out that scratch for 10 minutes knowing full well it’ll most probably still be there after our efforts. We love knowing every inch of paintwork, every dent on every panel. We love driving.
We’ve all heard about car culture and car loving as a result of our vehicle’s reflecting a part of our personality or ‘character’. I completely agree with that. I love my car because it looks the way I want it to, sounds they way I want it to and does exactly what I want when I want it, it reflects my styling tastes – sound familiar? (I’m really hoping people agree with this so I don’t sound like some sort of nutcase).
I decided to write this post cause I was thinking about the very subject today. Why do we spend sooooo much time and money on a blackhole for cash?
I was reminded of a book I bought years ago “How to Design Cars Like a Pro” .
Something i found really interesting though was in the foreword:
” What is it about the automobile that gives it such a special place in our hearts compared with all other products that form our everyday lives?
We do not share that special relationship with the cooker, the fridge or the lawn mower that we do with our cars. Why the difference?
It is simply, I believe because, as our personal means of transport, the car has become the substitute for the horse which, for thousands of years, was the only alternative to walking and as it was a living creature, the horse required certain commitments from us. We fed it, cleaned it and gave it somewhere warm to sleep for the night – which is exactly what we do with our cars…The popularity of the 5 spoke wheel….at reasonable speed…we still see the individual spokes, or ‘legs., moving and this increases the subconscious connection we make between the car and a product of nature.”
Maybe this is the answer then.
The common people are right – and we’re all just weird.