What Your Car Says About You
It is common knowledge that first impressions can last a lifetime. How you present yourself upon meeting someone in any capacity, be it professional, social, or romantic, will have a lasting impact. It is no wonder people go through painstaking preparation and detail to present themselves in interviews and dates alike. However, one aspect of your appearance often goes unnoticed, your car. Believe it or not your car is an extension of you and your personality, just like the clothes you wear. Finding a car that suits you and is well-kept is an essential part of keeping up your appearance.
Finding the Right Car
This is going to sound a bit silly, but you should have some kind of connection with your car. Often times, especially early in our driving lives, we aren’t given much choice as to what cars we can drive. Most of the time it comes down to what we can afford, and what will get the job done. When you are able to go out and shop for your own car for the first time, you are suddenly faced with the task of picking a car that is right for you. Inevitably, the car you choose will end up reflecting who you are as a person. If you are frugal, you might go for the clunker with a heart of gold and a no-quit engine. If you are a suave businessman you’ll probably bypass all the American muscle and go for something a little more, let’s say, German. Obviously these are all generalizations and no single one is true for all people but it does get the point across. The cars you choose will inevitably say something about you, because people have preconceived notions of who does what and why. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it is just human nature.
Keeping Your Car Happy
“Cleanliness is next to godliness” said somebody at some point somewhere, and they were right. Far more important than what your car looks like is how you treat it. Call me crazy but when I get in a friend’s car and there is trash everywhere, broken mirrors and the like, I generally assume mostly everything in their life is disorganized and chaotic. Now I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am. We spend too much time in our cars to leave them in a state of disarray. They work too hard for us to be taken for granted. A well-kept car can last for years, giving you a sense of satisfaction that will outlive the constant recycling of new cars other people go through. Simple steps like getting your oil changed every 15,000-30,000 miles can greatly improve the performance and lifespan of your vehicle. As for keeping it clean, well, that should speak for itself. No one likes a dirty car.
Our cars are more than just machines to take us from point A to point B. We fret over which ones we want, and we (hopefully) take care of the ones we have. Doing so not only helps the car out in the long run, potentially saving you money down the line, but also reflects on you positively as a person.