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Is a choice of car a reflection of your personality?

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Created by FormulaNova A week ago, 26 Nov 2019
FormulaNova
NSW, 9664 posts
26 Nov 2019 4:45PM
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I think it probably is, but surely there must be other factors.

In this article is suggests people that go for v8 powered RWD mustangs are young guys? Really? Everyone I have seen driving one is middle aged and I think you would need to be to afford it.

www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/motoring-news/hidden-reason-controlling-your-new-car-purchase/news-story/ae91efbbfd38284f2ff095e840c4e073

I will go back to my 1970 corolla and consider what it means for me.

Kamikuza
QLD, 4545 posts
26 Nov 2019 4:23PM
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Car, no. Bike, yes.

warwickl
NSW, 1284 posts
26 Nov 2019 5:58PM
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Car maybe , foil gear yes.

decrepit
WA, 9638 posts
26 Nov 2019 3:19PM
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Sometimes vehicles are chosen for practically, other times as an extension of our personalities. And sometimes it's hard to decide which is which.

Imax1
VIC, 2341 posts
26 Nov 2019 6:41PM
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I have a reoccurring dream driving a car with a really long bonnet.

petermac33
WA, 5512 posts
26 Nov 2019 3:50PM
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White Aurion Presara

White Nissan Tida

White Hyundai Sonata

Macroscien
QLD, 4841 posts
26 Nov 2019 5:53PM
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At least I don't need to convert anything as aready have everything I need.Cybertruck

www.motor1.com/news/384206/tesla-cybertruck-f150-tug-war/

Maybe not entirely. I would add solar panels and fridge, small water tank.


japie
QLD, 5465 posts
26 Nov 2019 7:59PM
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No it's not. It is however a reflection of the ego.

Often

Macroscien
QLD, 4841 posts
26 Nov 2019 9:21PM
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Macroscien said..


Ok Tesla won over Ford. but what about our kanguru?
Hopefully this hardened steel body and bullet proof glass is a match to our biggest guru.

Shifu
QLD, 1333 posts
26 Nov 2019 10:36PM
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YES.



FormulaNova
NSW, 9664 posts
27 Nov 2019 1:47AM
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Imax1 said..
I have a reoccurring dream driving a car with a really long bonnet.


Do you ever have problems lifting the bonnet in that dream

Imax1
VIC, 2341 posts
27 Nov 2019 6:49AM
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FormulaNova said..

Imax1 said..
I have a reoccurring dream driving a car with a really long bonnet.



Do you ever have problems lifting the bonnet in that dream


The dream always ends crashing into the back of a pink Mini

slammin
QLD, 876 posts
27 Nov 2019 5:53AM
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The article doesn't explain or differentiate between needs and want. I need a tow hack and a little zip zip shopping trolley and something nice that we can fit 5 people in for longer trips. Solution is multiple cars. Is the inference then that I have multiple personalities?
I'm a rough n tough tradie in my big 4x4.
I'm a sensible and cautious person in my little hatchback.
I'm an egotistical nob in my luxury car?
That's the problem with generalisations, it's another form of ism. Racism , ageism and now carism.

Mobydisc
NSW, 8707 posts
27 Nov 2019 7:37AM
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My dream car right now is the Tesla Cybertruck. I'd like a farm ute. I'd like an electric car to get to and from the farm. I'd like the car to drive itself along a road that is safe to drive but is also boring to drive on.

The Cybertruck looks like it will fulfil all my wants and would be a handy vehicle on a farm. I'd go for the dual motor 4wd model.

Most probably we'd keep our little Japanese car as it's handy around town and the Cybertruck looks so huge.

vosadrian
NSW, 286 posts
27 Nov 2019 9:22AM
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decrepit said..
Sometimes vehicles are chosen for practically


Doesn't that say something about your personality? People who are into cars put practicality lower on the priority list.

I think someone who drives a Camry (or most Toyotas) is likely to be quite a different personality to someone who drives an Alfa Romeo.

boofta
NSW, 142 posts
27 Nov 2019 9:33AM
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All the idiots weaving thru the traffic in little red cars !!
Why do they always have little red cars?

Macaha
QLD, 19524 posts
27 Nov 2019 8:46AM
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I drive a tank, like me big and slow

Harrow
NSW, 2800 posts
27 Nov 2019 10:49AM
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vosadrian said..
Doesn't that say something about your personality? People who are into cars put practicality lower on the priority list.

I think someone who drives a Camry (or most Toyotas) is likely to be quite a different personality to someone who drives an Alfa Romeo.

I've always liked driving an old bomb, (yes it's a Camry, 20 years old, 420,000km). People are always asking why I don't replace my car (if you saw it you'd understand why), and I always ask them why would I want to replace it? The answer is always "because it's old, and you can afford a new one". Ha, how is that a reason??? I could, but I simply have zero desire to do so. It works and does everything I need. I like not caring if the dog poops in the back, or if I have saltwater dripping all over it, or if I want to fill it with bricks or concrete or whatever.

decrepit
WA, 9638 posts
27 Nov 2019 8:00AM
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vosadrian said..>> I think someone who drives a Camry (or most Toyotas) is likely to be quite a different personality to someone who drives an Alfa Romeo.



Well there goes that theory, in the early 2000s I had a corolla and a little red alpha.
But that just proves you shouldn't generalise, if you did a statistical survey, I suspect you may be correct on average.

And I find my moods fluctuate, some times I'm more childish, reserved, adventurous, playful and probably a whole pile more, depends who I'm with a lot I think. So maybe it depends what mood you're in when you walk into a sales yard?

FormulaNova
NSW, 9664 posts
27 Nov 2019 11:29AM
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I've always liked driving an old bomb, (yes it's a Camry, 20 years old, 420,000km). People are always asking why I don't replace my car (if you saw it you'd understand why), and I always ask them why would I want to replace it? The answer is always "because it's old, and you can afford a new one". Ha, how is that a reason??? I could, but I simply have zero desire to do so. It works and does everything I need. I like not caring if the dog poops in the back, or if I have saltwater dripping all over it, or if I want to fill it with bricks or concrete or whatever.


Years ago I went from driving a primer-grey ford escort. It was a 2L and went pretty well. When you parked next to people, they would look at the car and you could read their minds, thinking 'I hope this idiot doesn't hit my car'.

I changed to a VN commodore, which was only a few years old and in good condition at the time, and the thinking was reversed. I would be paranoid about all the other idiots that are parking too close to my car!

I think I prefer it with the older car as you are not worried about the other idiots that are dumb enough to mark your car.

Harrow
NSW, 2800 posts
27 Nov 2019 11:45AM
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Macroscien said..
At least I don't need to convert anything as aready have everything I need.Cybertruck

www.motor1.com/news/384206/tesla-cybertruck-f150-tug-war/

Maybe not entirely. I would add solar panels and fridge, small water tank.

Did they get a kindergarten kid to style the Cybertruck?

FormulaNova
NSW, 9664 posts
27 Nov 2019 12:32PM
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Harrow said..
Did they get a kindergarten kid to style the Cybertruck?


If you buy a cybertruck and you want people to know that you can afford an electric ute and hold the moral high gound, would you want styling that blended in with all the other utes or something that stood out and says 'yes, it's ugly, but I am better than you'?

Ian K
WA, 3022 posts
27 Nov 2019 10:03AM
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Harrow said..

Did they get a kindergarten kid to style the Cybertruck?

Kindy kid or not it's still intelligent design vs. evolution.

intelligent design

vs
evolution






Chris_M
1852 posts
27 Nov 2019 10:15AM
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Late 90's commodore with the window down and white rimmed sunnies.

And a wife passenger with track pants that say "Juicy" and a kid with a mullet with lightning bolt steps and a monster energy cap

On the way to the bottle-o for some codys

theDoctor
NSW, 4892 posts
27 Nov 2019 1:37PM
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I drive an unregistered rusted out troopy with plates I borrowed out from the community...
Hmmmmm
You might be onto something

vosadrian
NSW, 286 posts
27 Nov 2019 2:41PM
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Harrow said..

vosadrian said..
Doesn't that say something about your personality? People who are into cars put practicality lower on the priority list.

I think someone who drives a Camry (or most Toyotas) is likely to be quite a different personality to someone who drives an Alfa Romeo.


I've always liked driving an old bomb, (yes it's a Camry, 20 years old, 420,000km). People are always asking why I don't replace my car (if you saw it you'd understand why), and I always ask them why would I want to replace it? The answer is always "because it's old, and you can afford a new one". Ha, how is that a reason??? I could, but I simply have zero desire to do so. It works and does everything I need. I like not caring if the dog poops in the back, or if I have saltwater dripping all over it, or if I want to fill it with bricks or concrete or whatever.


Certainly there is a case where a group of drivers drive what they have access to or can afford. They have little choice because of financial or other limitations so they just have to drive what they have. In that case it says less about your personality and more about your wealth.

But assuming someone has enough wealth to have a choice of owning many different types of cars, I think what they choose says a lot about there personality. Harrow's choice to drive an old bomb Camry is seems to say he cares less about driving pleasure and more about not having to worry about an expensive car when the old bomb does everything he requires from a car.

Where I live there are lots of late model cars and I form opinions based on what type they are:
* Most Toyotas (not 86s and Supras though!!), are owned by people who value safety/security. Toyotas are reliable, safe, cheap to maintain and have good resale. Someone who buys them does not like risk and drives that way. I avoid pulling behind them at a set of lights as they take off slowly and drive under the speed limit.
* Certain European cars are similar to Toyota drivers but need to display status... Certain Volvo/Mercedes models. They drive similar to above, but need to portray a status of wealth to those around them.
* Sportier European models (M series BMWs, S/RS Audis, AMGs etc.) tend to be entitled. They seem to think they have more right to get where they are going than everyone else who is just in their way, and they don't hesitate to cut you off etc.

Just a few examples of my observations. Just generalisations of course. And of course most people are a bit Jekyll and Hyde as drivers... they turn into a different person behind the wheel.

I personally like a car that has lots of performance but has more subtle looks. I have owned a few WRXs, some M BMWs etc. I would love a nice Ferrari (which is way out of my wealth capability), but I would struggle with something that stood out so much. I want the Ferrari performance but in Stealth mode.

And that Cybertruck looks rediculous!! But then again, I am not a fan of Electric cars and will miss the engine sounds of a nice engine long after they are obsoleted.

eppo
WA, 7365 posts
27 Nov 2019 12:23PM
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obvious connection but how does one make a decision about any consumable product? Do we buy a car that Johno' next door would like?

Macroscien
QLD, 4841 posts
27 Nov 2019 3:36PM
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Ian K said..


Harrow said..

Did they get a kindergarten kid to style the Cybertruck?



Kindy kid or not it's still intelligent design vs. evolution.

intelligent design

vs
evolution







Agree. First impression is ... total surprise.Than comes some thought about functionality.Easier to manufacture, stealth from radar, easier to apply solar to flat surfaces and possibly many more.In few years this shape may be copied by other car manufacturer.Indeed you need brave and genius to come with something totally different and suddenly start era of completely new fashion, style.Public reception now is changing after few days people used to accept completely new design.The next move could be rid off of wheels and replacing with levitation devices . No more flat tires.

FormulaNova
NSW, 9664 posts
27 Nov 2019 6:05PM
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Macroscien said..
Ian K said..


Harrow said..

Did they get a kindergarten kid to style the Cybertruck?



Kindy kid or not it's still intelligent design vs. evolution.

intelligent design

vs
evolution







Agree. First impression is ... total surprise.Than comes some thought about functionality.Easier to manufacture, stealth from radar, easier to apply solar to flat surfaces and possibly many more.In few years this shape may be copied by other car manufacturer.Indeed you need brave and genius to come with something totally different and suddenly start era of completely new fashion, style.Public reception now is changing after few days people used to accept completely new design.The next move could be rid off of wheels and replacing with levitation devices . No more flat tires.


Stealth from radar?

Are you so sure that shape will be copied? Manufacturers go out of their way to make their items distinguishable from the rest so that owners can identify with it. For some reason this ute reminds me of a P76 and a Mitsubishi 380 having a child together with bonus styling for Dolorean.

Howcome we haven't seen the Macroscien version of an electric car yet?

Mobydisc
NSW, 8707 posts
27 Nov 2019 9:13PM
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I kind of think the Cybertruck channels the styling of the Ford XD Falcon.

How much does it cost to fill up the tank of a vehicle like a Ford F-150? I guess it would be more than $200 from empty. If the Tesla alternative can be recharged for around a tenth of this cost, it won't be long before Ford starts selling a battery powered F-150.

cauncy
WA, 7627 posts
27 Nov 2019 7:08PM
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eppo said..
obvious connection but how does one make a decision about any consumable product? Do we buy a car that Johno' next door would like?


what car would johnnos hot missus like



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