My car is not me.
Yet according to multiple studies, the vehicle a man owns reflects his image and has a strong affect on his perceived attractiveness and even the way he drives.
As a man who used to ride a motorcycle, still drives a truck, and now occasionally drives a mini-van…..
…..Yes, I have to agree with these findings.
Like it or not, the car you drive will have a direct impact on your image.
Think about it.
How often have you seen someone drive by in a raised 4X4 with huge tires, dual exhausts, and custom paint job of the American Southwest on his tailgate and thought – wow, he must be a history professor at Texas Tech University.
Answer – Never.
No, we all have stereotypes of people based off what they drive.
Porche, BMW, Prius, Silverado, Harley Davidson……..the list goes on.
The goal of this article is to help you understand the relationship between your vehicle and your image so that you can control it and use it to your advantage.
An Attractive Car Makes The Man With It More Attractive
If you’re looking to catch the attention of more women, owning (or even being seen with) a great looking car will help.
A study conducted by the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff made a strong case for that.
In a nutshell, women of various ages were shown two sets of images. One decent looking man driving a Bentley and an equally good looking man driving a Ford Fiesta.
Close to 60% chose the man with the Bentley Continental.
The fact that women chose the man with the more expensive car highlights a few things.
It is not so much the car that is desirable to women but more as to what it represents. An great looking car signifies security, stability and luxury, which are key traits women find desirable from a man.
This was taken when I toured North America for 3 months on my bike – the image I sent with this clothing and vehicle is VERY different than my current personal image projection.
Cars are an Extension of Ourselves
Another study was done, this time by Temple University detailing how we we identify ourselves with the cars we drive and how it influences with our very identity.
This can be seen as a good or bad thing.
If you really identify with your high speed sports car, it can cause you to behave aggressively, especially when driving. This may result in numerous speeding tickets and aggressive driving.
On the contrary, driving a luxury car can raise your self-esteem. Being more confident around others and influences you to seek out friends and companions who share your tastes.
Keep in mind that the study also suggests younger men are prone to being influenced by their car given they are still in the process of figuring out their identity.
Overall, how you act is something that gets judged by others so it’s important to keep in mind that your car could play a small role in this.
This is my dream vehicle (Chevrolet – if you’re reading – email me!) Room for 6, a bed for tools and moving supplies, and the ability to deal with bad weather. Fits my needs!
Choose a Car That’s Right for You
I know, not all of us have the option to drive an expensive car, let alone a Bentley.
However, you still can drive something that specifically fits your lifestyle, which in our opinion is a win-win.
Here are the top things you should strive to achieve when in the market for a new (or used!) car.
The minivan I drive is deceptively fast and maneuverable.
Keep Your Vehicle Simple
By this we are referring to a few things. One of the most obvious is your color selection.
It doesn’t make sense to get a car in yellow or lime green. Instead, get a color that is practical. Black, silver, white, blue and red are your best bets.
Another important item to consider is sizing. You may not give out the right perception if you are a salesmen and you drive a Harley.
In most cases, stick to a vehicle that is appropriately sized to who you are and what you do.
I don’t know the cars owner, but I can already tell that we won’t be carpooling.
Keep Your Vehicle Clean
This should be a no-brainer.
I see beautiful cars everyday that look less than stellar given the condition they are in. This goes for both the exterior and interior of the vehicle.
I immediately form an opinion on these drivers and they usually aren’t great ones. Why give off an impression of having no attention-to-detail or that you lack cleanliness if you can simply wash and tidy up your vehicle?
So men, inviting someone into your car for the first time and having it look immaculate will do way more good than harm.
It doesn’t take much effort to keep your vehicle clean but it could provide big payoffs in terms of what opinions people form of you.
Keep Your Vehicle Practical
This ties in well to keeping your vehicle simple.
Your car should be a reflection of your own unique character as a man and the sort of life you are living.
For example, driving a fancy sports car may be fun but it may not be practical if you mostly use it to drive your family around. Not only is this not practical, it also may give off the wrong impression to others.
A practical car is better than one that seems out of place with your lifestyle.
Buy The Right Car For Your Lifestyle & Take Care Of It As Your Vehicle Reflects Your Image.
While the main purpose of a vehicle is to get you from point A to B, it would be unwise to discredit how one can have a positive or negative impact on your image.
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