4 Traits Of Successful Car Owners
Owning a car is a more complex concept than most of us really recognize. Sure, if you’re an adult and you’ve had vehicles before you’re probably in a little bit of a groove, so to speak. But if it’s your first time owning a car, or your first time buying one on your own, there’s a lot to consider that you may not have thought of before. Most of it has to do with financing and maintenance, but the purpose of this article is not to go over these details. Rather, it’s to address some of the underlying traits that lead to successful car ownership. Four stand out.
This is more about the process of buying a car, but it may ultimately be the most important trait for a car owner. The Balance did a whole write-up on this same topic, and pointed to ideas like “knowing how to get the best financing” or car insurance, or more simply, “knowing how to select the right car.” These are very broad ideas, but they can all fall under the umbrella of being scrupulous, which is to say maintaining discipline, thoroughness, and attention to detail throughout the research and purchasing process. You want to make sure you’re considering all factors that matter to you and getting the best deal possible on the most appropriate vehicle.
Being Emotionally Intelligent
Emotional intelligence comes up in all kinds of disciplines: in business, investing, starting your own company, etc. An article about its usefulness among poker players framed the idea in a particularly interesting way, discussing the need to take control of emotions and calmly accept thoughts and feelings without having abrupt reactions. This second bit is often ignored. Emotional intelligence is not about ignoring thought and feelings in favor of stoicism. Rather, it’s about being calm about your own reactions. This means keeping a level head when a situation arises around your vehicle, such as the need for a repair, upkeep, etc.
Pride is generally viewed as a somewhat harmful concept. Indeed, some who are devoutly religious would even declare it to be sinful. However, where car ownership is concerned pride can actually be valuable. If you learn to care about your vehicle and take pride in it – its performance, its upkeep, its appearance, etc. – you’ll be more likely to keep it in its best possible state. This should make it run as safely and consistently as possible, and will also keep its potential resale value as high as it can be.
Being Able To Sell
This is a major concept in any kind of investment or ownership. Business owners need to know when to sell part or all of their companies; investors constantly research when to sell stocks as a major aspect of the entire process; even collectors monitor obscure markets to determine how and when to sell for the maximum profit. A car is not necessarily an investment by any means, but as an owner you should at least stay mindful of the possibility of selling, so that you can make the most financially appropriate decision if and when the time comes.