When it comes to cars, buyer’s remorse is the worst because there’s no return policy. Once you buy your car, it steadily depreciates in value over time. Therefore, you had better buy a car you really love, responsibly.
Let’s discuss how to avoid buyer’s remorse when purchasing an expensive vehicle. I’m assuming more of you will be YOLOing it thanks to robust investment gains. Further, many of us have realized during the pandemic that life is precarious. We might as well spend more of our money while alive!
My Own Buyer’s Remorse When Buying An Expensive Vehicle
My first experience with buyer’s remorse was when I had purchased a new $78,000 Mercedes G500 when I was 24 years old. I had received a lucky break from work and decided to splurge. Further, the G500 cost $150,000 a year earlier because one dealership in Santa Fe held the distribution rights.
Within two months of purchasing the car I regretted my decision.
A year and a half later, I sold the vehicle for a ~$20,000 loss. I sold it because it couldn’t fit in the garage of the condo I wanted to buy. After realizing how much better it was to own an asset that could go up in value, I decided to stop wasting money on cars.
I spent the next 14 years driving cars way below my means to try and make up for my blunder. I drove an old $8,000 Land Rover from 2005 – 2014 and a $230/month business lease Honda Fit from 2014-2017.
Then, in late 2016, I stepped up and bought a 2015 Range Rover Sport. It had 10,500 miles and cost me $61,000 after tax. If I had purchase the car new, it would have cost me $81,000 after tax. I wanted a safer car for our expecting son.
It’s been five years since I purchased the Range Rover Sport and I feel zero buyer’s remorse. Therefore, I got to thinking about how I was able to conquer buyer’s remorse when purchasing an expensive vehicle.
Here are some tips that helped me eradicate all guilt of spending a lot of money on a car.