Originally, I wanted to ask about positive stereotypes you have about drivers of particular marques, but I realized that was kind of boring, because in my experience, people with expensive cars generally try to keep those expensive cars from getting into an accident.
The obvious reason is that people don’t want to damage things that cost them a lot of money, and probably also that if you have the money to buy an expensive car, you’re probably older and more mature.
But I think it also has a lot to do with how much you like your car and how much owning it is an end in and of itself. I don’t see many Ferraris weaving in and out of traffic, but I do see a lot of six figure and near six figure SUVs doing it. I imagine that has a lot to do with the fact that most GL owners probably bought one because they wanted an SUV and had the money to afford an expensive one, whereas most 911 owners probably grew up dreaming about owning one.
So, at any rate, who do you think are the worst drivers of expensive cars and best drivers of cheap cars? As a guideline, let’s say “expensive” is $100k+ and “cheap” is $40k or less, but bonus points are awarded if your cheap car choice is commonly a used beater.
For me, the clear answer is Maserati. In the past year, I’ve seen about four different GranTurismos, and each one was driven by a dip weed who was passing from exit lanes, weaving, or racing from light to light. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Maseratis, but I sort of assume that their target market is people who don’t have quite enough money for a Ferrari, don’t really care about cars, but want something that’s Italian and says money.
On the other end of the spectrum, I’m going to cheap out and go with Volvo. While Lexus and Toyota drivers routinely thwart my desire to stereotype them as responsible people who want a reliable car, people who drive Volvos seem to genuinely have a desire to end their journey with the same number of body panels that they had when they left their driveway.