The idea of buying a beautiful, fast sports car may be on your bucket list, and it can seem like a dream purchase for many, but is that the reality? Sometimes buying a sports car might not be the best idea, at least not without doing some research and having an understanding of what to expect when buying and owning this type of car. The following are six of the most important things to know and consider before you buy a sports car.
Understanding the upfront costs of a sports car is simple, but what about the ongoing costs? Sometimes people forget about these when they’re deciding on a vehicle.
Insurance is one ongoing cost to think about. As an example, is the cost to insure Camaros more than the cost to ensure a Honda?
In many cases, a higher horsepower vehicle can cost more to insure. This is especially true if you’re considering a high-end or rare sports car that might need expensive and specialized parts for repairs. With a sports car that has a high horsepower, the insurance company can see it as taking on additional risk.
With a sports car that has a high horsepower, the insurance company can see it as taking on additional risk.
It’s not just the horsepower that makes a difference in the cost of insurance. There is the fact that many sports cars don’t have advanced safety features, and they have a higher risk of being stolen than other types of vehicles.
Maintenance is another one of those ongoing costs that, similarly to insurance, can be more than you initially budget for when you buy a sports car. The maintenance costs can be high because of the fact that again, the parts may be more limited and difficult to come by. Also, parts such as brakes and tires may wear out more quickly on sports cars.
What Is a Sports Car Really?
One of the defining features between most of the vehicles that can be considered sports cars is the fact that they have high horsepower, but there are many different types of vehicles that can ultimately fall under the umbrella of sports cars.
Knowing at least a bit about these different types of sports cars might help guide your buying decision. For example, the roadster is what we most often think of when we image sports cars, but there are sports sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks that can all fit within the category.
Sometimes if you fall in love with a sports car, it’s easy to stop thinking clearly and rationally and be driven only by your desire to get behind the wheel.
When you’re buying sports cars, some of the important features to consider are:
- The engine: With a sports car, since you’re probably looking for power, the engine can be a big priority. The engine of a sports car can vary depending on the size of the vehicle, but a smaller engine can provide improved handling. You can also decide between a manual and automatic transmission, with the combination of the engine and transmission being known as the powertrain.
- Handling: You want power, but you also want good handling with a sports car because that’s a big part of how enjoyable it is to drive. Specific handling considerations include body lean and steering response.
- Drive wheels: Most people prefer a sports car that’s a rear-wheel-drive. This is because it improves weight distribution and has other benefits specific to a sports car. Front-wheel drive is considered somewhat limiting in a sports car, although not unheard of income models. Some sports cars have an all-wheel drive, such as the Audi A4.
As was briefly mentioned, a sports car isn’t always known as the safest type of vehicle. You do need to consider at least some safety features. For example, good brake performance is essential, and most new cars have electronic stability control. Even if you’re looking at a small car, which most sports cars are, do evaluate safety ratings first and crash test results.
Bring Someone with You to the Dealership
If you’re thinking about buying a sports car, bring someone with you to the dealership who you trust. This might be a spouse or a friend, but someone who can bring you back down to earth if you get starry-eyed looking at a sports car that might not be a great option for you. Sometimes if you fall in love with a sports car, it’s easy to stop thinking clearly and rationally and be driven only by your desire to get behind the wheel.
Having someone with you can help you be more rational and logical in your decision-making before you do anything you might later regret.