The Audi I Owned in College
Well, if this is the case, then let me tell you that today I will be writing about how people think you are wealthy when you are in possession of a used luxury vehicle. For covering this issue comprehensively, I must tell you that I had an Audi when I was in college.
But do not get your hopes up as this was not that special luxurious Audi that people own, the ones with fender flares and the size of a baby elephant. Mine was in no ways a special Audi. Mine was an old A4 in an unfortunate purple color devised by an Audi employee who had already got a job offer from BMW. There were some flaws in my Audi. Since it was an old Audi, it did not feature modern gadgets such as a USB port and iPod interface. It featured cassette player. So I managed to get those iPod to record devices giving me the flexibility of hooking up my iPod to the cassette tape. My A4 set out an alarm if it was parked with open windows. The LCD screen in the gauge cluster displayed all vehicular functions. It is to be noted that my college Audi featured four rings on the hood and this was enough for the people to think that I was quite wealthy.
Renting a car can be stressful, especially if you have never rented a car before. The costs can add up quickly and before you know it you have to pay for a ton of hidden fees and charges that you didn’t even know you had to pay. When you are planning on renting a car, the more research you do the better.
The first thing you want to do is start comparing prices online for your car rental. Look at the major car rental companies first and then you can look for other rental companies. Make sure you read the fine print before you choose a company because many of them have fees that can really drive up the cost of the rental. You might find airport surcharges or mileage fees on your bill.
Mileage fees can add up quick. If you go over the daily mileage allotment, you could end up with these fees and they can really add to your bill. When you rent a car make sure you know what the daily mileage is and be very careful not to go over it if you don’t want to get stuck with these extra fees.
Luxury car rentals are going to cost a lot more than sedans, so you should think about what your budget is and how much you want to spend on your car. If you need any special features on your car, you should make sure that these are included and that the car you are interested in renting has them. Sometimes it is cheaper to provide your own extras like GPS or car seats.
Some car rental companies allow you to purchase extra insurance, but this is going to cost more. The salesperson is likely to try to sell you extras and upgrades, try not to get seduced by these upgrades because they can end up costing you.
When you go to pick up your car, make sure that you read the contract carefully so there are no surprises. You don’t want to get hit with any hidden fees. Make sure you ask questions if anything in the contract is confusing.
Renting a car doesn’t have to be difficult when you know what to expect from your rental. Take the time to learn about all the different fees and cars and make sure that you know what they are going to be when you rent the car. Once you start approaching that mileage cap you are going to have to stop driving or just go ahead and pay the extra mileage fee.
The mileage fee isn’t cheap so try not to have to use it. You should also check over the car before you leave the lot because sometimes there is a problem that hasn’t been documented and you are going to be liable if they problem is found when you return the car. Look for dents and scratches and you should also look for leaks. Don’t pay more than you have to.…
This was quite strange. I gradually picked up many friends because they thought that just because I had an Audi, I was too wealthy. I also picked up many friends who did not own a single car, and they would invariably open the door, have a seat and make certain comments like “Oh, you own an Audi!” This was the same tonea tribesman would use if he experienced air conditioning for the first time, there were many people in my college who through that I was nothing less than an exotic chauffeur driving them around in a dreamy and beautiful luxury car. However, in reality,
I was just a guy riding a used luxury car with an iPod that dangled from the cassette player. One of the craziest parts about all this was I did not have my family spending a single penny for the vehicle. The price is not the craziest thing about my Audi but the oooh and the aaah of the people over my Audi was something that I found absurd. Many possessed vehicles far more expensive than mine, but only because I owned an Audi, I was on top of the world. This is true even today. Get a used BMW for attending an event where another guy comes with a brand new Honda Accord and you will find everyone fawning over the BMW. This happens in spite of the fact that the Honda Accord is worth 3x much more than the used BMW and even comes with Supermax cameras.
Moral of the Story
The moral of the story is that if you want people to think that you are rich enough, then the only thing that you need to do is spend some money on buying a used luxury vehicle.