Sometimes, it seems like men only care about three things: cars, girls, and sports. But that’s kind of a cliché, right, surely men have evolved by now? It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure, men still love their machines, and it doesn’t seem like your hubby will stop polishing his car anytime soon. But when we delve deeper into the psychological aspects of car ownership, can we find a link between men, their personalities and image, and their cars?
The short answer is, definitely. Let’s explore this interesting topic and pinpoint the traits that make certain types of dudes choose certain makes and models, and how it all ties into their personal image. Here are the cars and their corresponding males.
Luxury cars and self-esteem
Can a sweet ride (as the men call it), elevate your self-esteem and boost your ego to new heights? Almost definitely. Elevating your stature in society and improving your self-image, as well as the perception of your personal brand, are some of the most compelling reasons why men buy and flaunt their luxurious cars. And the fact that women tend to fall for a sweet set of wheels only makes the purchase that much more rewarding.
When a man gets behind the wheel of a luxury SUV or a Ferrari, there is no denying that, in his eyes, he has won. He has beaten his peers, and he has proven just how successful he is. Whether you should support your significant other in buying a luxury car, and whether or not that is a good thing for his long-term psychological health, that is a whole other matter.
Sports cars and assertiveness
Men who choose to buy and take sports cars onto the busy city streets are inherently attracted to speed. This doesn’t mean that all men who drive sports cars want to go fast, or that all of them drive recklessly – but it does increase the odds. After all, why flaunt a Lamborghini or a Corvette if you’re not going to test its top speed every once in a while?
The truth is that men love fast, sleek machines and that the more assertive and aggressive specimens tend to lean towards those makes and models that accelerate quickly and can leave everyone else in the dust. If you’re going to ride shotgun, make sure he is a responsible driver.
Muscle cars and their passionate collectors
When it comes to fancy muscle cars, things tend to get a bit more complicated. You don’t see many of these cars on the streets, and they are usually reserved for the passionate collectors – the guys that know their machines and love the sound of a well-oiled engine.
If you’re in love with your car, and spend a lot of time fine-tuning it with specialized parts such as the Walbro 460 and the like in order to make it go faster, you probably want to enhance its performance in every possible way. There’s no way around it, looks like you’ll be riding in a loud old Pontiac with no hopes of upgrading to a Prius anytime soon.
SUVs and the family man
If your significant other is looking into buying a reasonably-priced SUV, you might have a winner – it all depends on what you’re after. For the ladies among you who want to start a family with a down-to-earth kind of guy who doesn’t have any unfulfilled fantasies and dreams about owning a souped-up Chevy, look no further because you might have just found your man.
A man who is interested in a mid-size SUV, for example, is probably family-oriented, and he probably wants a functional vehicle that can serve his every need, all the while conserving fuel and ensuring complete safety on the road. This is the kind of guy you want to keep, ladies.
Sedans and hatchbacks for the average Joe
While there is nothing inherently wrong about owning a small sedan, or even a hatchback, these types of cars portray the image of an average Joe. What’s more, the guy driving one might be a loner with no real goals or aspirations in life. You will need to get to know the person in order to find out whether he is driving such an average car because he doesn’t need more room, or if he’s looking to upgrade in the future. Whatever his plans are, it’s safe to say that this type of vehicle doesn’t portray an image of a strong man, or a family-oriented one.
You can tell a lot about a man by checking out his car, and how he treats it. Needless to say, if his car is sloppy and messy, you can probably say the same for his personal and professional life. With all of this in mind, ladies, go ahead and make better choices when it comes to men by simply looking at how they treat their machines.
About the author:
Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design he worked as a fashion stylist for few local fashion events. Beside fashion and styling, he enjoys traveling around exotic destinations and discovering new vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his personal styling business.