Everyone wants a car that looks good and makes them feel successful without breaking the bank. Getting these cars is a real possibility, however, due to depreciation. Vehicles that cost well over $100,000 new are accessible for less money after a short time. With that in mind, Ideal Cars has picked out eight cheap cars that will make you look rich and put a smile on your face.
What are the cheap cars that make you look rich?
Cars can serve as status symbols, especially those from the most popular manufacturers. Vehicles that look fast, sound delightful, or are associated with wealth are fun prospects. As long as you can maintain them, here are some cheap used cars that will make you look rich:
- Aston Martin Vantage
- Bentley Continental GT
- Range Rover Evoque
- Audi R8 (first generation)
- Tesla Model S
- Fisker Karma
- Maserati Gran Turismo
- Vaydor G35
Vantage, Aston Martin Vantage
That’s right, the folks at Ideal Cars think James Bond’s favorite car brand has something good for the wallet. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage could be a bargain, given the timeless, raucous formula of a front-drive, rear-wheel-drive 4.3-liter V8. That means the Vantage could be as much a comfortable grand tourer as it is a wanderer.
The Bentley Continental GT could be your ticket to looking like royalty
As seen on countless hip-hop and R&B clips, the Bentley Continental GT features. Not just presence, the Continental GT also features a 6.0L W12 engine producing over 600 horsepower. Ideal Cars’ Brad Danger says the model years to look for are 2003-2011, with prices well below half the MSRP. Thus, the depreciation can make the big British bump into an accessible luxury car.
Want an SUV? The Range Rover Evoque has you covered
Land Rover is synonymous with wealth. Thanks to falling values, a 2011-2018 Range Rover Evoque is a bit cheaper than before. If you can afford to run the Evoque, you can get a practical and expensive SUV with pedigree.
The Audi R8 will make you feel like a budget superhero
Who doesn’t want a mid-engined, low-slung supercar for pennies on the dollar? A used first-generation Audi R8 sells for much less than in the showroom. Ideal Cars found a high-mileage 2012 example that sold for $40,000. So for less than many lackluster new cars, you can buy an Audi R8 with a screaming V8.
A Used Tesla Model S Could Be Your Dream EV
A used Tesla Model S sells for much less than a new one and could be a viable luxury electric vehicle. The Model S is also a performance bargain, given the instant torque of electric drives. Brad Danger also claims that higher mileage examples don’t have some of the same concerns as ICE cars.
A Fisker Karma is a rare, if odd, wealth flex
The Fisker Karma is a bizarre option for the consumer looking to look rich. The Karma is a low-slung hybrid with an integrated solar panel and flashy big wheels. The result is a sporty-looking four-door car that feels like it’s accelerating from a standstill. However, Ideal Cars says it’s all cosmetic, considering the Karma doesn’t handle very well. That, and the Fisker Karma requires eight seconds to hit 60 mph. The Karma is a rare car, so you’ll look rich driving it.
The Maserati GranTurismo is an affordable child of Modena
Maserati had reliability issues. The GranTurismo, however, is said to have higher reliability numbers. If you can find the right ones, you’ll end up with a silky-sounding grand tourer from the house of Ferrari.
Honorable Mention: The Vaydor G35
The Vaydor G35 is not a supercar at all. The Vaydor is a fiberglass body kit for an existing Infiniti G35. Brad Danger seems to have a soft spot for the Vaydor, given that it makes the G35 look like a pedigree.
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