If you don’t have one already, at one point or another, you have probably thought about investing in a sports car. Obviously, driving a high performance car is one of life’s great pleasures, but there are a few things you need to think about before deciding on a sports car. Practicality is a major issue, and you have to weigh up all the pros and cons that will inevitably come along with deciding on whether or not a sports car is for you. Here are just a few considerations to make if you have your heart set on a sports car.
Convertible or Coupe?
This is probably one of the number one questions that you will want to ask yourself: whether to opt for a closed roof coupe or an open roof convertible. First and foremost, this will be a matter of what style appeals to you the most. But as well as this, you should be aware that with the open top models, the security isn’t as good, and refinement and handling tends to be significantly different. On the other hand, when you have a roof that folds away, this will reduce the limited space you have for storage.
Make Sure You Have the Funds
This may seem like an obvious one, but a sports car’s high costs extend beyond just the initial price tag and into the actual fuel price, tax and auto repair. On the flip side, sports cars tend to maintain their value a lot better as second hand buyers love buying models that are in good condition. It all comes down to making sure you have carefully calculated your sums to ensure that everything stacks up.
Choose One that is On Trend
Sports cars tend to go in and out of fashion very quickly, meaning that it makes sense to buy one which is ‘on trend’ as it will retain its value for much longer. Choosing yesterday’s favourites may save you a bit of cash in the short term, but the long term implications could be damaging to your overall finances. Also, take the time to look at various different specifications. Certain engines and trim levels are favoured above others. The value is also intrinsically linked to colour so make sure you do plenty of research before purchase.
Choose Front or Rear Wheel Drive
A huge percentage of sports cars are rear wheel drive, so it certainly makes sense to take one or two out for a test drive before actually investing. Many people are not used to this kind of style, so you should give it a go to make sure you are comfortable. There are some front wheel drive options that will feel more familiar – it is all about taking your time to work out what is right for you.
These are just a few considerations to make before actually taking the plunge and investing in a sports car – take your time and find the one that is right for you.