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Monday, June 14, 2010

All Your Base Are(n't) Belong to Us

I get a lot of questions about cars from a lot of different people. Honestly, it's hard to answer a lot of these questions without knowing what the other person knows about cars. This is especially true when it comes to car buying advice. However, there is one piece of advice that I can give to all of our readers.

Never buy base!

Allow me to share my reasoning for this. You will not be happy with a base model car. Period.

A high end example of this would be a Porsche 911. Now, you say,"but, Danny, the 911 is such a fine automobile that it would be an honor and a privilege to own such an extraordinary example of ass ended engineering" and proceed to buy one anyways.

For the first couple weeks, things are all rainbows and unicorns with your new Porsche 911. Upon one of these glorious days, a fellow Porsche owner pulls up alongside at a stop light, doesn't acknowledge your friendly wave, and leaves you for dead with his turbos spooling and all wheel drive clawing at the tarmac.

Well, of course he blew your doors off. His 911 turbo costs about $50,000 more than your car. Surely, anything in the same price bracket will be a more even match for your 345 horsepower flat-six motor. That's what you keep telling yourself until a GTR and Corvette Z06 do the same as the 911 Turbo.

What's all this mean? Unless you are buying the Halo car from a company, do not buy the base model just to get the badge on the hood. You will always be wanting something more whether it be luxury or performance. It's a smarter move to buy something in a different category and start checking off those option boxes or buy a slightly used version of that unobtanium that you lust after.

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