There’s a current trend going on right now that focuses on self-care. It’s actually a really great trend if you know how to properly care for yourself and do things that give you a boost. Unfortunately, some people are taking the trend a little too far and using it as an excuse to buy extravagant things, book expensive trips, etc.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing – if it’s truly the right move for you. For example, if you haven’t gone on a vacation in years, booking your dream trip could be exactly what you need. If you haven’t purchased anything nice for yourself in a while, it’s okay to treat yourself!
As long as you’re caring for yourself in ways you can afford and not going overboard, having fun is all part of the process.
With that in mind, you might be looking at making some purchases that you may not have considered before, including upgrading your car. But, is a luxury vehicle right for you? Is it really that much better, or should you save your money and use it to care for yourself in a different way?
Luxury = Membership
One of the main reasons why people go for luxury vehicles is the prestige that comes with them. When you buy a luxury car, you’re automatically in a sort of “membership” arrangement with others who have the same car. Additionally, many luxury manufacturers give plenty of perks and benefits to their buyers. Cadillac has a ‘My Rewards’ program, and Lexus has even started catering its marketing efforts to women to make them feel more included in their high-status “club”.
Cost vs. Maintenance
Obviously, the biggest reason why people don’t go for luxury vehicles is the cost. Not many families want to spend extra just for a name. But, it’s important to note that you’re actually getting more for that when you buy a luxury car.
For example, buying a non-luxury new vehicle or a used one might be cheaper upfront. But, it could have maintenance issues down the line that cost more money. Those issues can quickly start adding up over time. In many cases, luxury car manufacturers will offer warranties and maintenance options that will keep your car in top shape from the moment you leave the lot to the moment you’re ready to turn it in.
The “You Deserve It” Mentality
Here’s a bit of advice: It’s probably not a good idea to go for a luxury car just because you feel like you deserve it. When you think about that feeling of getting your first car, no matter how long ago, chances are you can still look back on it with excitement. And, that probably wasn’t a luxury vehicle.
A luxury car isn’t going to “cure” anything in your life. So, while you shouldn’t count out looking at a Bentley Garage, don’t assume that an expensive new car is the best way to take care of yourself. Instead, consider whether it’s a practical option for you and your family right now, and how you can benefit from it.