What You Get When You Pay for an Expensive Vehicle
Whether or not you’re a car fanatic, chances are you’ve spent time drooling over a sexy, fun, expensive vehicle. We love cars, so ever since we were kids we’ve been looking at car magazines, watching car shows on TV, and staring at cars on the road. But even if you don’t normally care much for cars, or notice them, chances are an expensive vehicle has caught your eye a time or two.
That’s just basic human nature. We notice nice things, flashy things, and expensive things. Whether it’s a mansion on the hill, an impeccable outfit, or the newest Rolls-Royce, our eyes are drawn to attractive, expensive items.
But many people don’t know just how good expensive cars actually are. There’s a reason they’re expensive; well, many reasons. And we’ll break them all down for you, so you know exactly what comes with that extra big price tag.
Dispelling the expensive car myths
Before we get deep into the amazing benefits that expensive cars have to offer, let’s first debunk a few myths. Expensive cars are often dismissed by a lot of people because of their price tag. There’s a common belief that a car that is expensive is simply an exorbitant price tag attached to a recognizable name.
Many people believe that expensive cars are status symbols and nothing else. That paying for a Bentley, Rolls-Royce, or Ferrari buys you bragging rights; you can then say that you own a Bentley, Rolls-Royce, or Ferrari, and everyone will assume that you’re very well off.
While this is certainly part of the allure for many people, that’s far from the only benefit of an expensive car. Expensive cars are expensive because they cost more money to produce, because the product is better. While many people gravitate towards pricey vehicles simply because of the attached price tag, many people (like us!) love expensive cars for the amazing experience they provide to drivers and passengers alike.
Better quality materials
This one is pretty straightforward. Cars are no different than any other consumer product: the better the quality of the materials, the higher the price tag. If you spend $75 on a shirt, you expect to get a more comfortable and durable material than if you spend $20. If you buy a $15 steak, you expect it to be much better quality than a $5 version.
And cars are exactly the same. While many parts of a car, such as the engine and chassis, don’t really have ways to improve luxury, the exterior and interior of the vehicle certainly do. The better quality materials are most noticeable in an expensive car’s interior.
Most vehicles rely on uncomfortable fabric, or relatively cheap leather for their seats. With an expensive vehicle, you get some of the finest leather in the world. Leather that looks immaculate, is deliriously comfortable, and is highly durable. A lot of expensive vehicles also include fine and intricate stitching in the leather work, which adds a nice element of style and fashion to the interior of the car.
There’s also a lot of fashion and high quality build in the dashboard of an expensive vehicle. Gone is the plastic and vinyl that adorn the dashes, pillars, and center consoles of most cars. Instead, high-end vehicles use that same top tier leather, with the same fashionable stitching. Many luxury vehicles also use fine polished wood on the dashboard, which is highly aesthetically pleasing. Wood in your car is something that we would easily sign up for. You really can’t get much more stylish than that.
The exterior of an expensive vehicle also has a fair share of high quality materials built into it. The paint is higher quality, and designed to hold its color more thoroughly and artistically. Expensive paint is less likely to fade. Not only that, but the pain options on high-end vehicles are better. The colors are prettier, and really pop off of the road. Not only that, but many luxury automakers offer a paint-matching service, where you can essentially create a personalized color for your vehicle.
Perhaps that sounds a little over the top, but excessive is what you pay the big bucks for.
Top performance across the board
We mentioned that you can’t improve the luxury of a vehicle’s foundation, like the engine and chassis. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve the quality of it. High-end vehicles usually have some of the top performance specifications on the market, and frankly, it’s usually not close.
There’s a misconception that luxury vehicles are simply about luxury. That couldn’t be further from the truth. As an example, let’s look at the Bentley Bentayga, a vehicle with a starting price of well over $200,000. Not only is Bentley known for their luxury and classiness (they are emphatically not a sports car company), but this particular model is an SUV. As such, the belief tends to be that it wouldn’t be a performance vehicle.
Wrong. The Bentayga features a 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 600 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in a supercar-like 3.6 seconds, and it tops out at 187 MPH (though we don’t recommend testing that!). In other words, this car can haul.
And that’s what you get with an expensive car. Whether you’re buying a luxury vehicle like a Rolls-Royce or top of the line Mercedes-Benz, or a supercar like a Ferrari or Lamborghini, or a mix, like an Aston Martin, you’ll get prime performance. A car with a high price tag carries with it a design with a lot of time, money, and innovation in it. The engine will be powerful and sound dreamy, the car will be fast, the handling will be brilliant, and the suspension will be immaculate.
If you love cars, this is important. You’re not just spending money for a nice living room on wheels. You’re also paying for something that’s fun to drive, whether it seats two people of seven. The best automotive engineers in the world are tasked with creating the highest performance vehicles in the world, and that’s what you get when you dip deep into your pocket for an expensive vehicle.
There are also a lot of performance features in high-end cars, such as semi-autonomous driving features that allow the vehicle to maintain speeds for you, and even keep you in a lane, so that you can limit the work that you have to do as a driver.
Top tier safety
Everyone loves safety. It’s one of the most important parts of any vehicle. Whether you have an expensive car, or a cheap one, safety matters. It matters for you, it matters for anyone who is riding in your car, and it matters for all the people and drivers around you, who rely on your safe driving for their safety.
Just like expensive cars put more money into their luxury and their performance than more modestly priced cars, high-end vehicles also put more money into their safety features. Most expensive vehicles are among the most highly-rated vehicles in the world, in terms of pure safety.
High-end vehicles are not only built with some of the strongest and most durable chassis and platforms, but they have some of the world’s greatest safety technology built into them, as well. And that technology can be life saving.
The best safety additions that expensive cars have are semi-autonomous driving features, that help drivers be alert when they’re in danger. These systems help alert you when your car is drifting out of its lane, or when you’re in danger of running into the car in front of you. They can also help alert you if the car detects that you may be falling asleep, which is highly impressive, and can save your life.
But the safety features don’t end there. High-end vehicles have the most advanced technologies in their blind spot awareness, as well as their backup cameras. Basically, any safety technology that you can think of is improved in an expensive vehicle.
And finally, that high performance that we talked about earlier is also a safety feature. High-end vehicles can stop more quickly, and are more responsive in case you need to swerve, or accelerate to avoid a collision. The better the performance in your car, the more you’ll be able to utilize the features to keep you, your car, and your passengers safe.
Prestige, and elite design
Okay, so we mentioned that it’s a misconception that a car with a large price tag serves only to point out the money that the owner has. And while it’s true that that’s not the only reason to buy a high-end vehicle, it certainly is one of them.
The reality of consumers is that prestige sells. It’s why fancy clothing companies put their logo on the outside of their clothes, as dumb as it looks. There is a level of prestige and elitism that comes from expensive items. That may not be up your alley, but it certainly is up many people’s, and it’s one of the biggest selling points for cars that cost a lot of money.
Being seen in a Lamborghini or a Rolls-Royce is important for a lot of people. It conveys sophistication, success, sexiness, and wealth. If you want that to be the image that you put out to the world, then a fancy, expensive vehicle is a huge selling point.
But it’s not just about the nice name and the prestige that comes with it. Expensive cars also feature incredible design. Even if you don’t know how much a car costs, there’s a reason that a Ferrari will turn your head when a Ford Mustang or Mazda Miata doesn’t. The people who design high-end vehicles are nothing short of brilliant artists, and designing these vehicles is their craft.
A six-figure price tag buys you not only a car, but a piece of art, as well. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and many other vehicles are simply fun, luxurious, moving pieces of art. We don’t know about you, but we could look at them all day long. Staring at an expensive car is like going to the museum; you get to see a master artist’s craft, on full display.
As we always say, you get what you pay for. And with an expensive vehicle, part of what you pay for is the beauty of the vehicle. That is apparent not only on the exterior, but also in the interior as well.
Another bonus of expensive vehicles is increased reliability. The reliability on a pricey car isn’t necessarily leaps and bounds ahead of other cars, but it’s definitely an asset that you pay for.
There’s only so reliable that any car can be, but if you spend top dollar, you be assured that you’ll get something that is very reliable. You won’t have to take your expensive car to the dealer as often for menial repairs and replacements. Every component of an expensive vehicle costs extra to manufacture, because it’s simply higher quality. Higher quality car parts last longer, and therefore need to be replaced, repaired, or maintained less frequently. You can drive a high-end car with added peace of mind, knowing that it’s not only a step ahead in terms of safety, but also in terms of reliability.
In addition to all of these benefits, some expensive cars come with extra added flair. You know the kind we’re talking about: the stuff you see in movies, photoshoots, and music videos. The extra flair that really puts an expensive vehicle over the top.
The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600, for instance, comes with executive rear seats, limousine style. The air that is blown to these seats is filtered and ionized, and scented with a signature perfume. It also comes with tray tables that have temperature-controlled cup holders, to keep your alcohol at the perfect temperature. The Bentley Bentayga comes with a complete linen and cutlery set, including champagne glasses, so you can dine in style from the back seat. And many top-dollar vehicles come with champagne fridges, built-in wifi, and wireless phone charging.
The luxury doesn’t stop with the leather seats and wood dashboards. It extends to the lifestyle that you get to live if you are the lucky owner (or passenger) of one of the world’s most expensive cars.
So, what are the downsides?
We’ve talked up expensive cars a lot, and you may be thinking of running to the bank and seeing if you can afford to drop $200,000 on your dream Bentley. But hold that thought. Just as with everything else, there are two sides to the coin that is an expensive vehicle.
So while we’re big fans of high-end cars, they’re not without their negatives. Let’s take a look at them.
All of the negatives with expensive cars center around the price. It goes without saying that an expensive car costs a lot of money to purchase. That’s what makes it expensive! But unfortunately, the price doesn’t end with the down payment and the monthly checks you have to write to the dealership.
Maintenance on an expensive vehicle also costs a lot more. As previously mentioned, it costs more to produce the part that go into an expensive vehicle, so it costs more the replace, repair, and maintain those parts. Even simple maintenance tasks like replacing your brake pads and changing your oil can carry exorbitant price tags with them. While these vehicles require maintenance less frequently, that maintenance is very costly.
It also costs a lot more money to insure an expensive vehicle. Because the cars cost so much to replace or repair, insurance companies will ding you an arm and a leg to insure them. Add in the premium gasoline and performance tires that you’ll need, and the costs add up quickly.
So it’s not just the price tag of the car that you need to consider. There are a lot of extra costs to take into account with a high-end vehicle. Expensive vehicles are a lot of fun to own, to look at, to drive, and to ride in. But they sure as heck are expensive.
As you can see, we’re big fans of high-end vehicles. They offer the best things that the automotive world has to offer: elite performance, luxury and next level technology, safety and innovation, and designs that we can’t take our eyes off of.
So if you’ve been thinking that expensive cars are just flashy status symbols, think again. They’re the type of things that we car enthusiasts live for. They’re everything we love about cars. Unfortunately, expensive cars are, well, expensive, but that doesn’t negate the fact that they’re amazing products, that bring a lot of awesome stuff to the table.
If the benefits of an expensive car are up your alley, keep working, and hopefully one day you’ll be able to fit one in your garage. Or maybe even two!