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post #106 of 292
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Originally Posted by yfyf View Post
I don't mind spending on clothes but I really dislike cars in general. When I used to drive, I drove a crummy Kia that had trouble overtaking on the freeway. Now I just take whatever public transport is available to me or a cab. Or better yet, walk.

I also find nothing incongruous about being dressed well and driving a lackluster car. If it's a fuel-efficient type, I'm much more likely to be impressed as well. If it's a Hummer I will probably think about hitting you instead.

+1.
Actually, I have not been driving for about 25 years, except once when my (then) boss was drunk and needed to get out of his car to have a piss while we were stuck in a traffic jam on the main street in town. I had to get the car off the main street so as to avoid drawing the attention of the police to the bad state of my boss.
I would not mind having a nice car (BMW has some nice sport cars that are not too expensive), but at present I do not want to spend the money on that. I use public transport (subway, buses, taxis) to get around, and I am fully comfortable with that. I walk to my job (about 15 minutes from my home, and on the way home I pass the market and can buy some food for dinner, and I may step into one of the many bars that I pass on my way home and have a beer or a cocktail). And, really, I feel good about not contributing too much to the green house effect. In Spain we will really suffer hard from the global heating.
post #107 of 292
My car doesn't suit my clothes at all. I want something understated and less generic than my dented gold 95 Altima that was a gift 8 years ago. I think the two are exclusive of one another but they can compliment each other. I was surprised when my ex gf told me she'd never date someone who didn't have a car. Once I have money a new used car is first on the list. Spend money on clothes though, because nobody ever sees your car when they first meet you.
post #108 of 292
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Originally Posted by J'aimelescravates View Post
I believe there are two types of consumers here: People who are trying to impress others and people who have nothing to prove to anyone but themselves. I consider myself in the latter category and would like to not be group with those in the former. I do enjoy nice clothing and I do enjoy nice cars. I purchase and use them for my enjoyment and pleasure. I enjoy the fine construction of a quality suit like I enjoy the lines and curves and interior accoutrements of "luxury" and exotic automobiles. I enjoy the feeling of sea island cotton against the skin as I enjoy the experience of paddle shifting a 445 BHP V8 through all six gears to 8.5k rpm. I hope that the fact that this is for ME and not others is expressed through my personality, my honesty and kindness. At the risk of unfairly generalizing, I would have to say that people who are in it to prove something to others have a rather abrasive personality (complete with arrogance and cockiness and forced-snobbishness). During this discussion I think it important to make the distinction between these two poles of luxury consumers. TBS, No I don't think you need a "nice" car if you have "nice" clothes. There are too many types of people and lifestyles to make such a broad and sweeping statement such as that.

I agree wholeheartedly with this; unfortunately, people are at liberty to judge as they wish, and due to marketing they are more familiar with $50,000 cars than, say, a $300 dress shirt. This is why I feel more comfortable and secure spending on clothes, as I feel an expensive car is more likely to attract negativity and hate. Even if I'm clearly buying a nice car for the simple pleasure I get from the drive or the styling, you have to put up with others who are too insecure to let a man enjoy his car. Instead of having to deal with it, I'd rather drive an ok car and wear clothes I love from brands nobody has heard of.
post #109 of 292
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Originally Posted by TheGreek View Post
In my opinion, when I see someone in a suit getting in or out of a non-luxury car, first thing that pops into mind is : cheap insurance salesman/or encyclopedia salesman. When you have an expensive car/truck you can basically wear whatever you want, and it dont look bad. But when you have a cheap American car, wearing an expensive suit, you might as well be wearing a clown suit, because thats how your being viewed. Now, if you dont care what people think, thats great, more power to you. This may sound shallow, but Im entitled to my opinion, as you are to yours.
In my opinion, when I read a post like this I think functionally illiterate teenager who has no life experience.

This thread pidals.
post #110 of 292
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
What would you think of somebody getting out of this in a nice suit?


Hmmmm...doesn`t look so SMART. Did he buy that dinky thing for efficiency? If so, why doesn`t he just take public transportation or a taxi.

Showing up in something like that is like showing up riding a pony in the old days
post #111 of 292
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but it's inevitable that a lesser car will make you feel less important, and thereby undermine your sense of self-importance



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So yes, oftentimes you'll see me in my kiton suit, coming out of a boxy Honda Civic.

I admit, it looks awfully unbalanced.

No, it looks like a dude in a suit getting out of a car.


For all those advocating vintage cars, consider that your image may be adversely affected by the rented Ford Taurus you will be driving half the time while some dude is wrenching on your ride for $120/hr

I appreciate stylish cars, but care much more about how they drive than how they look. And that they do drive, every time I turn the key.
post #112 of 292
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Originally Posted by Dragon View Post
Hmmmm...doesn`t look so SMART. Did he buy that dinky thing for efficiency? If so, why doesn`t he just take public transportation or a taxi.

Showing up in something like that is like showing up riding a pony in the old days
Curiously enough, SMART cars seem to be quite popular in Italy. Maybe Italians don't care about how they look?
(OK, I admit, it may have something to to with traffic density...)
post #113 of 292
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Originally Posted by epa View Post
Curiously enough, SMART cars seem to be quite popular in Italy. Maybe Italians don't care about how they look?
(OK, I admit, it may have something to to with traffic density...)

Italy also has a yearly tax based on engine size and the massiv Euro-zone gas prices to help fund the worker's paradise.

But, I agree that Italians probably like the design of the SMART.
post #114 of 292
of course not


post #115 of 292
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Originally Posted by epa View Post
Curiously enough, SMART cars seem to be quite popular in Italy. Maybe Italians don't care about how they look?
(OK, I admit, it may have something to to with traffic density...)

Yes, there seems to be a lot of them especially since parking is limited.

This is just my opinion, but a car like that could easily ruin a stylish suit.
post #116 of 292
It has to be because people, thank God, are becoming more aware of the dammage they are doing to the planet and chosing an small car for a crowded city.

This is what is SMART.

Granted, the SMART car is ugly, but the car builders are giving us more and more cool mini cars, like the Mini and now the Fiat 500 and others will come for sure.
post #117 of 292
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Originally Posted by Dragon View Post
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This is just my opinion, but a car like that could easily ruin a stylish suit.

False, the Smart is as comfortable inside as any other car... it simply has only 2 seats, but they are comfy enough.

One of my friends is an elegant chic lady, and she arrives on a smart without any shame
post #118 of 292
When I lived in the US, I drove a Honda Accord. I could afford something much nicer, but I'm not really a "car person" yet at the same time I just wanted something non-descript that was practical, comfortable and said something like "we're not sure if this guy has money or not, but if he does, he's just not a car person".

Now that I live overseas, I don't own a car and get to work by bus, train, subway or just walking. Somehow I feel I am getting a lot more satisfaction out of my shoes and clothes now.
post #119 of 292
For me, luxury cars are more about interior features, comfort, and space than the way they look or drive. In particular, I like air-conditioned seats.
post #120 of 292
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I agree with you. The best dressed guy I know drives a two door smart car. I can't wait to be rid of my car, I never drive it.

I'm with that. If I didn't need a car, think of the furniture I could have afforded.
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