If you love to drive, then you know that finding a high-performance car is the ultimate experience. While all cars can be fun to drive for someone who really enjoys driving, getting your hands on something like an AMG Mercedes or other type of vehicle that is designed to drive phenomenally is a treat.
But these kinds of cars are not cheap. Even the lower end of the price spectrum is going to make most ordinary car buyers do a bit of a spit take at the price tag. You have to really love these cars and care about the way they handle to indulge in one. Or just have a ton of money. Either way, these three tips can be the tools to get you the right high-performance car of your dreams.
Dig into the Specs
It all comes down to really knowing the car that you want from the inside out. For many car lovers who are always looking at the next great car purchase, this means going to car shows and even test driving every variation of your dream car first. It certainly means checking out every mention of it in places like Car and Driver.
If you are in a car enthusiasts club, such as the Miata Roadrunners in Oregon for Miata owners, this is a great way to learn more about the cars that you love. If the model that you want requires expensive parts, this is also a great way to find reconditioned parts from other owners. But most of all it will tell you all you need to know about the configuration of the car and what it can do. Believe me, if anyone knows a car’s ability it is a group of owners that get together to talk cars every week.
Test It Out
When you come right down to it, nothing really beats understanding a car like taking it for a test drive. Although most shoppers will do at least one test drive, for this kind of a car you need more than a simple drive around the block. Some dealers will let you take it for a weekend or at least the day and that is the kind of real test you want to put this kind of car through.
Take it through its paces, check out how it handles on all your favorite curves and take it somewhere out in the country so you can really let it out and check its speed and braking. For these high-performance vehicles, the only way to really know is take it out and test it. If you know someone who has a test track, that would be the best possible run. Short of that, though, plan your run to include some particularly tough terrain to make sure it can do everything you want it to do.
Keep to Your Budget
Yes, we have all been there. The car of your dreams shows up on your favorite car auction site and you put in that bid. You get outbid and before you know it you are haunting the site hoping to be that last magical bid.
Remember your budget and keep to it. It is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of finally driving that muscle car of your youth or exotic sports car you have always had your eye on. Just remember, in the end it is until just an automobile and life goes on.