Owning a sports car is the dream of many drivers but before you go and spend many pounds on your dream you need to consider all the implications that owning this type of car brings.
Firstly, there is the cost of buying the car, which in comparison to none sporty cars can be expensive. Certainly, new ones are out of the price range of many drivers but even used ones can cost a pretty penny. You can still expect to have to pay around £10,000 for a sports car that is 10 years old, and in some instances, they are still much more than this.
You will have to pay more for insurance and road tax, as well as spending more on fuel, as they tend to be thirsty vehicles. In some cases, the parts and maintenance can be expensive as they are hard to source. Something such as Jaguar service and repairs is not so bad as the parts are readily available. The good news cost wise is that sports cars tend to hold their value better, so you may not lose quite so much when you come to sell it.
Hard Top, Soft Top Or Coupe?
Often, this is a matter of personal choice as they all have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, a coupe will offer better handling and a smoother ride. They are usually slightly cheaper than convertibles and you will not be exposing the interior to the weather, which can affect the leather and other materials. They are the most secure option.
With convertibles, you will be able to enjoy the sound of the engine as the wind blows through your hair and the sun is shining. If it should turn cloudy you just have to put up your roof. A convertible can be a more exciting ride. With a hard top, you will have a heavier mechanism than for a soft top, but they will be hardier and less prone to leaks.
What To Look Out For When Buying A Used Sports Car
As most sports cars are driven at high speed, it is more likely to have been in an accident or to have a few dents in the bodywork. Look out for tell tales signs such as gaps in panels are retouched paintwork.
Make sure the undercarriage is in good condition. High-performance vehicles are built lower to the ground and are more likely to get damage underneath.
For convertibles, check out the mechanism thoroughly and check all the rubber seals. With the soft tops, make sure there are no small tears or imperfections that could turn into something bigger.
Take it for a test drive to check out the gears, which should be fluid and efficient. The brakes should be responsive and sharp and the car should give you a smooth and comfortable ride.
Once you have purchased your sports car, looking after it can save you a lot of money. Make sure your fluids are always at the right levels and the tyres at the correct pressures. Clean and wax it regularly to protect the bodywork from rust and corrosion. Have it serviced when it is due, and if there is a problem, have it looked at as soon as possible.
Other than that, have fun with your sports car.