Guest Writer #73: “Does the Car You Drive Make a Difference?” by Leon Harris

Here is this week’s article by Leon Harris. Thank God for all of our guest writers, since Gigi and Helen are so busy with work and students, not to mention the men in their lives, that they have no time to write these days!! But we promise that as soon as school is over, we will back to blog!!

There are a lot of factors involved in getting another person to date you. Your looks and personality are usually at the top of the list, but other aspects of your life will almost certainly play a role, and money (or the perception of money) is the ugly truth that nobody wants to talk about. Be honest: you’d be more interested in someone who drives a Lamborghini than someone who drives a Gremlin, wouldn’t you? If you quickly said no, you’re clearly lying. Down the road, something might change your mind, but if two equally attractive potential partners were facing you with a dinner date and one was offering an upscale restaurant while the other had a bag of fast food, you know which one you would choose. So does the car you drive make a difference? The answer is not a solid yes, but it’s a definite possibility.
The problem is that we live in a culture that prizes money above all else. In any capitalistic society (and it’s quickly spreading to every corner of the globe), the trappings of materialism are going to play a role in how one person measures up against another. It’s part of the survival instinct. And while it used to be enough just to have a car, these days you have to have a fancy automobile that cost half of your yearly salary (at least if you want to nab a quality mate). Well, that’s the rationale, anyway. In truth, not everyone is so worried about your bankroll.
There are bound to be gold-diggers in both camps (trophy husbands are almost as common as trophy wives, it seems, thanks to the upsurge in cougar culture), but the type of person you’re looking for (or attracted to) could make a big difference. If you tend to be drawn to those who are high-maintenance, fake, and materialistic, then the job you hold, the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the house you own, and the businesses you frequent are almost certainly going to matter. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a partner who’s a little more down to Earth, then it might not matter what your wheels look like. It’s not only about your appearance; it’s also about your values.
Of course, there’s a whole sub-sect of the dating population that eschews driving altogether. If you don’t particularly want to own a car in the first place, say if you’re an environmentalist looking to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by relying on public transportation and your bicycle, or if you simply can’t afford the expense of owning and maintaining a vehicle, then you might be pleased to learn that there are green dating sites specifically for people like you. And your lack of a vehicle will put you at the top of the list. So while there is definitely a certain amount of people in the world who will look at your car first and your face later, there are also quite a lot of potential dates that don’t give a hoot how fast or fancy your ride is. Maybe those are the ones you should be looking for if you can’t afford a Lexus or Beamer.
Leon Harris writes for Buy a Toyota where you can find great deals on a Toyota Prius and a range of Toyota sales in your area.

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