The car question posed last night wasn’t as easy to answer as I expected. I mean, I think about cars every day. In fact, I think about cars for multiple hours every day.
So when asked what I would replace my current car with if it suddenly died, I thought my answer would come swiftly and succinctly. Suddenly, though, my mind flashed with all the possibilities. I put myself in the mindset of this not being a hypothetical question and wondered what car I’d go buy tomorrow if I had to.
I had a dream a few nights ago that I was roaring through town in a new Jaguar, but after careful consideration, that’s not the car I ended up with in my fantasy purchase. I thought it would be.
Thinking about buying a car, even hypothetically, is a funny thing. It starts out as a simple thought, but sooner or later I end up browsing through the used listings and checking prices on cars I might, hypothetically, be interested in driving.
When prices are unexpectedly high, I happily chuckle and thank my lucky stars that I don’t need to buy a car. When prices are surprisingly low, I get excited and begin to wonder if maybe I really should get a different car.
There’s nothing wrong with my current car. Aside from the fact that it has 125,000 miles and a check-engine light that stays permanently illuminated, the car is perfectly reliable. It has brand new tires and a regular schedule of synthetic oil changes. I don’t need a different car. But now I kind of think I’d like one.
So what car would I buy if I had to replace mine? I’ve narrowed it down to either that Cayenne, the Q7 or a used BMW M3. Well, if budget wasn’t an issue, I’d wait a few months and spring for a 2015 M3.
Twin turbos and 425 horses sound pretty good. You know, hypothetically.
What car would you buy if you had to replace yours tomorrow?