Saturday, December 17, 2016

Should You Purchase a Luxury Car?

     Luxury cars and sports cars are very attractive, comfortable, and high tech in many ways compared to your average car.  The feel of the drive is indescribable as you are going down the road.  But is it worth it to purchase one?
     This question can vary on answers depending on many factors.  But lets focus on brands for now.  The car companies I think of when I hear the words "luxury car" are Mercedes Audi Jaguar and BMW, at least as the normal luxury cars excluding Maserati, Bentley ect.  And most people probably think of the flagship Mercedes S class G class truck or SL when they hear the word "luxury car" as they are very common despite the cost of $94,000+ for the new S class and the SL starting at just under $91,000 and the G class luxury truck for just under $120,000.  These cars are very desirable just seeing them on the road or even in pictures make most people want them the second it catches their eye.  A form of shiny object syndrome if you will.
    I have owned a luxury car even though older the car was even more advanced than some brand new cars.  I recently sold the car as it became too expensive for me to own.  It was a 2001 Jaguar XJ8.  But I knew I needed to save up some money and buy a cheaper car to own and maintain.  In my opinion the car was by far the nicest car I ever owned so far in my life.  The comfort, drivability, power, and style was classic and everything you would expect from a luxury car.
should you purchase a luxury car (Jaguar)
    So should you purchase a luxury car?  This depends on to me how much money you are willing to spend and how much left over you would have after buying the car, and if you are buying used or new.  If you are extremely rich and can afford a brand new luxury car then by all means buy the newest, but if you have a little bit of money you could spend on a luxury car and be able to afford it then buy used.  I wouldn't say buy one with more than 100K mile on it if you buy used.  The reason being is many of the luxury cars seem to have many major faults with the engines and transmissions ect.  This is less common in the newer luxury cars but if you are purchasing one as old as mine make sure the miles are low, I bought mine with 65K on it and put over 20K miles on it in 2 years and only had a couple problems with the car, these being a coil going bad and my rack and pinion.  I was very lucky with the car, like I said many older Jags have engines and transmissions go bad very fast.  I did drive the car like a grandma most of the time because I was afraid of the problems with it, although if I put it in sport mode the car would perform like a sports car!  Speed wasn't worth the risk of a big problem with the car for me.
    If you are going to purchase a luxury car I recommend having at least double the money you are paying for the car, so if you are buying the car for $10,000 you should have at least another $10,000 just for the car in case something goes wrong, this is a mistake I made, I didn't have double the money of the car, I don't want you making that same mistake!  Also before you by it take it to your local dealership and have them inspect it, it only costs a couple hundred dollars and could save you from buying a lemon.
    Back to the question, should you purchase a luxury car?  If you have the money and find a car you love this is a big yes.  If you don't yet have that money stick with the car you have right now.  Believe me, I can tell the difference in comfort compared to my Honda and the jag I used to have, but saving money for me is more important than having that car right now, being broke and having a luxury car isn't something I would want for you guys either.  So if you can't yet afford the car you want, save up for it, you will one day be able to buy it and not have to worry about money.  My advice buy the car you want, just make sure you have the money for it, and it will be the best car you have ever owned.


Monday, December 5, 2016

5 Lessons That Stand Out to me from "The Sell" by Eredrik Edlund.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those that matter don't mind, and those that mind don't matter." -Bernard Baruch
As I have been building up my confidence over the last couple years this is one of the hardest things for me to do.  Usually I will build in my head "what will people think if  I say this or that".  Since I started this blog and youtube channel that is going away faster than before but I often still feel that way.  On this blog and my youtube channel I always talk about things that help me and that I think can help you.  It may not be for everyone but those of you that enjoy the content or find some value from it love it, and I thank you for that.
5 Lessons That Stand Out to me from "The Sell" by Eredrik Edlund.Sleep.
This is something I often have trouble with.  I find myself sleeping a lot later than I know I should, even if that means getting 8-9 hours of sleep.  I will even feel tired throughout the day because of it.  In the book Eredrik explains how sleep is the most important thing because it describes how productive our next day will be.  If you are like me falling asleep before 12 can be hard to do.  With all the distractions we have it is easy to find yourself going to bed hours later than you want or need to.  He even wears earplugs to sleep to block out noise! As I kind of slack on how early I need to go to bed this is something I need to work on.  How can you improve sleep?
Listen more than you speak.
The hardest thing as and introvert from my experience to do is this step here.  As an introvert I am almost always in my head with "what will I say next" instead of paying full attention to the person I'm talking to.  I know its hard to do because most of us care about what we have to say more than the other person because we think we may be judged if we say the "wrong" thing.  In reality from my experience as well I find that if I listen to what the person I am talking to is saying that I can respond more to them instead of some random thought I have I am having at that moment.
"My people philosophy"
To sum it up he says to make people feel appreciated.  This is much bigger than just a sale but something we should continue or start doing for the rest of our lives.  You never know when someone could die that is close to us, we must appreciate everyone that comes into our lives.  Their time means just as much as yours and the more you show appreciation for those around you the more people will appreciate and respect you as well. What goes around comes around.  We all want to feel appreciated, to do that we must first make others feel that way.
When something bad happens don't play victim.
Crying about our problems is the easiest way to not have to worry about them.  Obviously if our problem is someone else's, or the weathers "fault" that we didn't do something or showed up late for something important we don't have to take the blame and try to fix the problem.  Why would you fix something that you feel is someone else's fault? 
Playing victim is a bad road to go down, the more you do it the easier it gets to place blame on others or even things.  I remember when I was a kid I would always blame the object if something fell, saying "it just fell" instead of saying I knocked it over or dropped it.  It was always something small but you get the point, I was playing victim.  If you do something wrong, admit it and fix it, that is a big step for growth, its simple to take the blame for your actions but may not be easy at times.
Closing thoughts.
I hope you learned something from this post.  Tried to include as many things that I need to work on hoping it will inspire you guys to work on these as well for a life of greatness, which we all deserve if we put in the work.