Try Some­thing New

Hot Rod - - Thereturnroad - Zach Martin News Ed­i­tor @hotrod_zach

It can be easy to stick to what you know when it comes to own­ing and build­ing cars. You find that plat­form you like, and that’s all you want. Sure, it may be the ul­ti­mate ma­chine and/or hold a spe­cial place in your heart, but that prac­tice makes it easy to re­ject new au­to­mo­tive ex­pe­ri­ences.

I re­cently pur­chased a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, the story of which is en­ter­tain­ing, but I’ll save that for an­other time. I’d driven a friend’s car, got hooked, and set out to find my own. As is of­ten the case with a good deal on Craigslist, the one I bought has its share of prob­lems. To be fair, I’ve never been more mo­ti­vated as I am with this car to learn about how it works.

Be­cause the car wasn’t per­fect right away, I had buyer’s re­morse and wanted noth­ing to do with it. I sought com­fort in shop­ping for cars I’ve pre­vi­ously owned, which I am very emo­tion­ally at­tached to. The prob­lem here is that I hadn’t re­ally given the 944 a chance. I ra­tio­nal­ized why the Porsche wouldn’t cut it when, in real­ity, I’d hardly done any­thing to get it run­ning right.

The les­son here is this: Be open to own­ing cars you nor­mally wouldn’t. Do your re­search, but un­less you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it, you can’t write off some­thing new. You can get rid of it or keep it, but ei­ther way, you’ll have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the car you re­ally want or come to en­joy some­thing you never ex­pected.

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