These cars make you look rich? Really?

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  1. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Here is the link.

    1. 2010 Kia Soul

    2. 2010 Suzuki Kizashi

    3. 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    4. 2010 Chrysler 300

    5. 2010 Ford Flex

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    No offense to these cars, but they hardly make one look "rich."
     
  2. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Really? A Kia? You think you look rich driving a Kia off the lot? Really?

    Uh, no, no you don't.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Most millionaires drive ordinary American made cars, maybe a few years old. Just sayin'.
     
  4. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    Not from my experience.
     
  5. renewed thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well yeah that is true. But they don't 'LOOK' rich while doing so.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    My personal experience says so. ;)

    As do most surveys on the subject.
     
  7. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    My personal experience is obviously different!
     
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I guess so. The 300 is the most likely candidate in that group. The rest, meh.
     
  9. renewed thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Depends on what you classify a millionaire to be. I classify it to be someone with 1 million or more in their bank account. Many people "look" rich or make a million a year and drive range rovers or even higher up bentleys and such but make payments on them and are up to their eyeballs in debt.

    The 300? Yeah when people put a Shiney Grill on it? Like Kat Williams said, "That is not a phantom, ni**a. That is a Chrysler 300."
     
  10. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a

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    There are lots of stories about tastefully modified MX5/Miatas that have been mistaken for much more expensive cars such as Lotus.
     
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    Chrome grill, oversized chrome wheels, blacked-out windows. He must be a rap star! :D
     
  12. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    i classify a millionaire to have assets worth over £1000000. Debts being negative assets.
     
  13. renewed thread starter macrumors 68040

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    LOL :D

    Fair enough.
     
  14. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I can see the point of the article - those cars have a certain ascetic that mimics prestige marques.

    If you're a petrolhead though, you're not going to be deceived by any of them. The Miata has a status as a great value, great handling roadster - it doesn't have a class status however.
     
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    You could fool a few folks with the Kia Amanti

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  16. renewed thread starter macrumors 68040

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    "Just bought an Amanti.... PUT SOME D'S ON IT"... :D
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    So tell me how you can tell someone's wealth if they drive a kia? It is obvious if they drive a lambo but I would assume many more don't flaunt it
     
  18. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, a lot of people really don't want the attention - and being rich and having it all isn't exactly lauded in public, people are more likely to be angsty around and towards you if you have obvious wealth. People are edgy to you if you're young and have a nice BMW (in the UK anyway), I can imagine the hate you'd get for driving around in a top marque.

    If 80% of millionaires are first generation, then these people won't have a lot of close equal wealth friends, and I'd imagine that would be reason for not wanting to flaunt wealth.

    Entertainers I think would be an exception to that....
     
  19. renewed thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yup. It's part of their image. If you are rapping about 28's and Lambos, you better have a Lambo and something sitting on 28's.

    If you are a CEO of a Financial group that counsels clients on saving, well, it is acceptable to look like you save too.

    Warren Buffet, for example drives a Cadillac DTS (net worth ~62B) while Lil Wayne has a Rolls Royce Phantom (net worth 75M; still nothing to laugh at).
     
  20. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

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    Not saying they are anywhere close to high class, but Kia is stepping up there game.

    I would drive This any day.
     
  21. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Nothing says doucher more than someone that wants to appear wealthier than they really are. It's like the Scottsdale Millionaire - driving around in an SL 600 but can't write a nine dollar check. :)

    I notice Hyundai has been doing that too.
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I can not say that any of those cars would give me that impression. Of course, just because someone is driving a luxury car does not make them rich - most likely, they just have have a larger car payment. :rolleyes:

    This is true - most millionaires drive and buy american vehicles. It is hard to become affluent buying new luxury vehicles every few years. Check out the book "The Millionaire Next Door".
     
  23. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I would much rather have cash in the bank and drive a 20 year old car any day. I think most would agree
     
  24. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I would agree for starters. :)
     
  25. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Absolutely. There's a guy around here, lives in a crummy looking run-down semi-detached yet there's a jock off Bentley in the driveway. Whereas my godfather, a multimillionaire, has just a regular mid-range BMW and Audi.

    Some people value cars more than anything.
    Some very rich people don't value cars at all.
     

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