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There’s nothing like hitting the road in a brand new performance vehicle. From the smooth power to the superior handling, to the superb styling, it’s clear that you’ve made the right decision for your next car. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that owning a performance vehicle may require some lifestyle changes compared to a typical vehicle. While this isn’t a bad thing, it is important to be aware of these changes before you make your purchase to ensure you are prepared for the long haul. Here is just a little of what you can expect.
Beyond the normal changes that occur in your automobile insurance when you purchase a new vehicle, purchasing a performance vehicle may bring with it other unique changes that you’ve not seen before: specifically, higher rates. Insurance companies utilize statistics which tell them that people who drive performance cars tend to be involved in more accidents and are more frequent targets for theft, and because of that, they are exposing themselves to higher levels of risk by insuring you. For instance, it’s more likely that an Audi would be targeted than an economy model Ford. This could set you up for higher-than-normal insurance rates. However, if you have a good driving record and qualify for other discounts, the jump is likely to be much less noticeable.
Whether or not traffic enforcement officers target performance vehicles for more frequent tickets is secondary to the fact that to have your best chance of avoiding a ticket, you must be aware of your vehicle’s performance. In many vehicles, it is fairly easy to get a feel for how fast you’re going, even when you’re not looking at the speedometer. In a performance vehicle, however, the extra power may cause the speed to quickly exceed what you’re expecting, even when you think you’re being light on the gas. So, make sure to pay close attention to the speedometer, especially on familiar roads where it can be easier to not pay attention, and you’ll start to get a better idea of the kind of power you’re really dealing with.
In many vehicles, the idea that the gas you put into it doesn’t really matter is mostly correct. In performance vehicles, however, the gas you use can have a big effect on realizing the full potential of all your high-performance components. Typically, high octane fuel is recommended by the manufacturer to maintain the performance you expect to receive. Additionally, you may find that the different additives different gas companies add to the base unleaded gasoline may improve or decrease the performance of your vehicle, leading to the need to consistently get your gas from one or two places, rather than wherever you happen to be when you’re running low on gas.
In addition to these more practical changes, another wonderful benefit of owning a performance vehicle is the camaraderie you suddenly experience with other owners of performance vehicles. There is a true appreciation among drivers of these vehicles for the type of person that is typically behind the wheel. Discovering this new-found “club” can lead to new friendships and a great hobby that can last a lifetime.