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post #31 of 292
Personally I've found it interesting that a man can be average in dress but drive a vintage Mercedes and look like a million bucks. Anyone else experience this phenomenon?

If I ever get in the poor house I'm going to buy a used Mercedes.
post #32 of 292
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Originally Posted by Holstein Bilter View Post
My wife and I own these cars.

Lexus SC430
Mercedes CLS550
Lamborghini Gallardo
Honda Civic LX

Wife drives the SC430. I drive the civic to commute.
We take the CLS550 when we go to events

We NEVER take out the gallardo. Too scared right now(just got it).

I would have to agree w/balance.

If you have a 5000 dollar suit w/a 5000 car...there's no balance.
If you have 50,000 car and a 500/suit...no balance.

The real statement of wealth is the man
that can dress and drive and live wherever he wants, whenever
he/she wants.

I can't do that (yet).

Regards,

Holstein.

p.s. I also heard that a man's wealth is based on the jewelry of his gf or wife. If that's the case..we're doing alright =)
Got to love the Lotto.
post #33 of 292
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post
If I ever get in the poor house I'm going to buy a used Mercedes.
Buy a used Jaguar, you'll get there in style.

I don't think there's any balancing test to it. Live within your means and look presentable. You don't need to spend a lot of money to do so unless you really want to.
post #34 of 292
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Personally, I like being one of the best dressed in the bus (not too hard in Seattle).


My next-door neighbor here in NYC refuses to expose his businesswear to public transportation.
post #35 of 292
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Buy a used Jaguar, you won't get there, but you'll be in style.
Fixed.
post #36 of 292
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post
Personally I've found it interesting that a man can be average in dress but drive a vintage Mercedes and look like a million bucks. Anyone else experience this phenomenon?

If I ever get in the poor house I'm going to buy a used Mercedes.

I used to see more of these on the road. I suppose time has taken its toll.

A vintage 911 Porsche is cool too.

post #37 of 292
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post
Got to love the Lotto.

Got to love lotto, or being a VP at a bank (which I am).
post #38 of 292
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Originally Posted by Holstein Bilter View Post
Got to love lotto, or being a VP at a bank (which I am).
OMG! You are so cool! Can I be you?
post #39 of 292
I'd much prefer one of these-


I currently drive a 2003 Ford Explorer; it's not glamorous but neither is anything that I use it for so I see no purpose in having a car I can't do much with. An XJ would be nice but I usually carry an array of stuff around with me (camera backpack, firefighting gear, briefcase). It would be a game of Tetris trying to fit all that into a Jag.

If I had my choice I'd have both cars because there are times where I wish a had a nice old convertible to cruise around in

JB
post #40 of 292
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Originally Posted by Holstein Bilter View Post
Got to love lotto, or being a VP at a bank (which I am).

Well then...got to love the real estate market!

On a solicted basis...do you need an associate?
post #41 of 292
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OMG! You are so cool! Can I be you?
Kiss my feet? Haterade has too many calories. Should cut back.
post #42 of 292
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Originally Posted by Tiberias View Post
One other factor to consider is the major, MAJOR difference in maintenance costs between cars and clothes. It was a surprise for me to discover that expensive clothes, properly maintained, actually don't have very high maintenance costs; mostly just time in brushing, washing, polishing, etc. Occasional costs for dry cleaning and shoe reconstruction, but that's about it.

Contrast that with a car, which is the greatest ongoing liability ever invented by mankind. And maintenance costs and taxes go way up with exotic and imported cars. It's so expensive that, other than in states that have a fixation with cars (read: California), there is a strong argument to be made that a practical, low-cost car is acceptable as long as it's kept clean and functional.

If I were to meet someone very well-dressed and then come to find out that they drive a regular old Honda Accord, albeit clean and maintained, it wouldn't strike me as incongruent, and I suspect I'm not the only one.

I would love to drive a luxury car, but Tiberias is quite right in everything he says. A car is the only purchase of that magnitude that loses half its value the minute you buy it. Education is an investment that continues its payoff forever; houses, other real estate, stocks and other investments, wisely chosen, can appreciate in value handsomely. Cars don't appreciate. In fact nothing depreciates faster.

And yet it is my impression, based on a scan of ads in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and so on, that executives and executive wannabes spend a huge amount of time thinking about cars, some time thinking about watches, and precious little time thinking about clothing. We're the anomalies here at this board.
post #43 of 292
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post
Well then...got to love the real estate market!

On a solicted basis...do you need an associate?

PM me.
post #44 of 292
I'd like a picture of the Gallardo with some kind of MTM suit draped over the hood, that would be awesome

JB
post #45 of 292
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I'd like a picture of the Gallardo with some kind of MTM suit draped over the hood, that would be awesome

JB

Your wish is my command..Let me work on that.
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