A Kia will never make you look rich. Nor will a Ford Focus.
I don’t care how shiny and sleek it looks on the showroom floor, once it’s out on dirty roads and covered in grime and leftover road salt, you’re going to look like any other guy or gal in a value econobox. There’s nothing wrong with having a cheap Ford or Kia, it’s even a bit admirable, but don’t think for a second that you’ll be perceived as having a lot of money.
If you want to look rich, you simply need to be seen in the brands that are perceived as “for the rich.”
Keep reading to find out how to really do it.
Find yourself a 2002 model if you want to look modern, or an early 1980s model if your style is more retro-rich. Price: $20,000 – $30,000 for 2002 models, $20,000 and up for 1980s models.
These are big, classy and elegant. Nothing says sophisticated and rich like the XJ. Price: Usually under $10,000 for 2002 models.
Being in this big Audi might make people think you’re a little pompous, but when that goes along with the assumption that you’re also rich, it’s okay. Price: Usually under $20,000 for 2008 models.
This is the bling of the giant SUV world. While the Escalade is for the hip-hop crowd, the QX56 is for the take-the-kids-to-school-then-come-home-to-the-mansion set. Price: Usually under $20,000 for 2009 and older.
You know, just in case you really are rich. Price: Don’t ask.
What affordable car would you drive if you wanted to look rich?