The Hidden Costs Of Luxury Driving

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There is the common knowledge among car owners: A luxury car is a car that performs on the road but often fails when it comes to everyday performance and fitting in a family lifestyle. That goes without mentioning the cost of a luxury car… But when given a choice, which car owner would rather pick the average car when a luxury model is on offer? This, by the way, is a rhetorical question – we already have guessed the answer. The most difficult part when you decide to try the luxury market is not only choosing the mark and model, but simply understanding what you get with a luxury car, and what you don’t get with it. Indeed, a luxury car is synonymous with a certain standard of facilities and high-tech gadgets, but this comes at a price that you need to be willing to pay. Discover the main hidden costs that all new luxury car owners struggle with.

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BMW 4-Series Gran Coupé

Practicality Vs. Look

There is no denying that a luxury car will have a high performance on the road. Part of the luxury status is gained from engine power and the distinctive sleek, low-profile design. What you gain in look, you lose in lifestyle practicality. You indeed need to look hard to find cars that can compete both on the luxury and practicality sides. BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz address this market target with four-door luxury coupé models, that may not look as exciting as a two-door car but that bring all the comfort and smoothness of ride that you can expect.

Taking Extra Care

All car owners share a common worry when they decide to buy a luxury car: The sleek design is half the fun, so how do you keep the car looking its best? Wax and sealant offer a quick paint boost that can protect the car for a time. However, as a rule of the thumb, to protect your paint, you need to count up to four coats of wax per year, and you can add spray-on wax to maintain the shine. While you may not be obsessing over the paint, it’s part of the excitement in a luxury model. In other words, you can say wave goodbye to your hobbies to wax the car, unless you choose to use ceramic paint coatings which offer a permanent protection and keep the original shine. A not-negligible bonus: A ceramic coating can also restore the shine of a second-hand car. Because let’s be honest, you may buy a luxury car for its engine, but it doesn’t hurt if the car actually looks good.

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Waxing the car body

Not Forgetting The Admin Costs

When you choose a luxury car, you need to be aware that your insurance costs will reflect this choice. Mercedes-Benz, BMX and Audi models are notoriously expensive to insure, even outside of the luxury coupé models – some will even cost you more to insure than a Porsche 911. So if this is a big change in your garage, it will also make a significant difference in your car budget. Additionally, luxury cars are expensive to maintain over the long term. In average, BMXs can cost more than $1,000 a year in maintenance costs.

Consider yourself warned!

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