when i was a kid, i didn’t notice many luxury cars. back then, whenever i saw a mercedes or a BMW, it was a minor big deal. i always thought, “whoah, that must be a rich and/or important person.”
but in the last 10 years, i’ve noticed an abundance of them. euro luxury like mercedes, BMW, audi, and porsche, and domestic luxury like escalades and hummers. they’re everywhere. i find it unnerving. i think it’s a sign that more people are becoming more concerned with status, with looking rich and important. i know many people would argue that the owners of these cars simply have discerning taste and appreciate the “superior german engineering” or whatever other bullshit tagline they use to market their shit but i don’t buy that for a second. i’ve driven a few luxury autos and i have yet to be impressed — leather seats don’t wow me. super fast acceleration doesn’t wow me (since we have speed limits in place for a reason — i’ll never understand the allure of sports cars). status symbols don’t wow me. what does wow me is affordability, reliability, superior fuel economy, and a smaller carbon footprint, and luxury cars tend to fail in all of those regards.
i’m veering wildly off-topic. the first point i wanted to make was that i see way more of these pieces of shit than ever before. the second point i want to make is that i am now noticing a lot of these same cars have big dents in them, and i think that’s fucking weird. who spends $50,000 on an audi station wagon, backs it into some shit and wrecks the rear bumper, and then doesn’t get it fixed? as if it isn’t worth the cost of the insurance deductible to keep a $50,000 luxury car in nice shape?
i don’t understand people who give such a shit about looking rich, i don’t understand people who can’t be bothered to look after their nice stuff, and i especially don’t understand people who give such a shit about looking rich but can’t be bothered to look after their nice stuff even when it’s the very stuff they are using to make them look rich in the first place. because now they look poor again.