Try Something New
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.