Investment Driving

If you were one of the three people lucky enough (read: rich enough) to obtain a Lamborghini Veneno, no one would fault you for being hesitant to drive it anywhere. After all, most people will never see $4 million in their lifetime let alone be able to spend that on a car that is ill equipped to do anything other than peel your face off with pure speed; however, I think we were all happy to hear that one of the new owners in Florida will be making the effort to show everyone in his neighborhood how much he spent.

Cars are never what you would call a sound financial investment. New cars immediately depreciate and at a certain point they'll start losing a lot of value when various bits start to fall off. The same isn't true for extremely limited run cars such as the Veneno. Even with a couple thousand miles on the dash, it's still worth enough to make a fair trade for a small island nation. The same can be said for many limited production and rare antique cars. So why do so many people refuse to drive them?

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My dad purchased a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda at the height of the classic car boom. It was a Plum Purple convertible with a 340 Six Pack and a ridiculous luggage rack on the trunk lid before he started his restoration process. Almost ten years later, it is now "Tor Red" with a hockey strip vinyl streaking down the side and loudly proclaiming that a Hemi lives under the hood. Years of work, thousands of dollars, and a countless headaches were poured into the restoration of this car, and yet, he never drives it.

Despite how much he loves the car, he can't bear to bring it out into the world where it could get scratched or dinged or even possibly blown up (he likes to jump to worst case scenarios). It has become a piece of garage art that rarely gets appreciated since it lives its life under a cover. Because of his obsession with the resale value of the car, he doesn't get to enjoy the real value of the car of getting to enjoy it out on the road. Cars were never meant to be driven into a garage and just parked (besides Alfas which are beautiful but will never roll out of the garage once they roll in); they were meant to be driven and seen.

Don't get me wrong, I fully support keeping your baby inside on rainy/snowy/tornadoey days, but please share them with the rest of the world. Otherwise you're doing yourself, your car, and the whole world a disservice. Cars were never meant to be an investment, so don't treat yours like a mutual fund. Take it out of the bank and drive it around every once in a while. Your wallet won't know the difference, but the hair on the back of your neck will thank you just like it does to me whenever I hear that Cuda explode into life every couple of months.

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