Being a Car Enthusiast Is Not at All What You Think It’s Like

From the outside, the world of car enthusiasts probably seems pretty simple. You drive cool cars, you might even own something rare or something custom. Girls probably fawn over you when you park your car, and you’re probably living your dream life. Car enthusiasts know better though, and while we may have our dream cars or try to impress people, the hobby isn’t all that it may seem.

Cars don’t impress people

Well, they might, but not the way that you are probably hoping. Besides the appearance of wealth, the only people who really appreciate the car you have is, unfortunately, other car enthusiasts. If you are the type of person who likes to build and customize your vehicles, chances are people won’t recognize the amount of time, money, and even work that went into your vehicle. Being a car enthusiast isn’t at all about impressing people, and if that’s what you’re in it for, chances are you’ll be disappointed.

This photo taken on April 3, 2019 shows photographers taking photos of a new Ford Escape car during a press conference in Shanghai
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Driving enthusiast cars aren’t practical

Why can’t an SUV be on the list of something a car enthusiast wants to buy? Perhaps that is because it is an unspoken agreement that enthusiasts cars must be as impractical as possible. Whether you strip your car bare for drag racing, remove seats for drifting, or like completely original classic and exotic cars, there isn’t a lot of practicality to appreciate when it comes to true enthusiast cars. But hey, we still drive them (and sometimes daily drive them) anyways.

2000 Lotus Elise. Artist: Unknown. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

You’ll probably never be satisfied

All car enthusiasts grow up with a dream car, but once you become an adult and the possibility of getting your car becomes reality, chances are you aren’t going to settle. There is just something about cars that always leaves us wanting more. More unique customizations, more upgrades, more power. Whatever it is you’re looking for, chances are you’ll never truly be satisfied.


Can you Daily Drive a Lotus Elise

Car enthusiasts know that cars are more than a hobby, they are a lifestyle. While that may sound corny, it isn’t wrong. If you find yourself sitting at your computer constantly searching for new cars to buy, listening to hours of VinWIKI or other YouTubers, or spend all of your free time in the garage, chances are you already know everything in this list, and you’re not alone.