7. Don't buy a car straight off a dealership's lot
Think about every single option you do and don't want on a car. Then find that exact car. Buying a car with the wrong options is like buying a house with the wrong floors. You'll need to be patient, though, because the right car is almost never at a dealer anywhere near you.
8. Detailing a car properly can take years off its age
Obsessive cleaning and polishing is kinda the automotive equivalent of a facelift. I once bought a car for $15,000, and four years later a good friend—who had seen the car literally hundreds of times—was shocked to learn it wasn’t $45,000.
9. No, not all Porsches and BMWs are luxury cars
The simple truth is you can order just about any car in a stripped down, back-to-basics manner that’s very rewarding to someone who enjoys driving. That means you can get a so-called “luxury” brand without power or heated seats, with no sun roof, navigation system, or even parking sensors.
10. Never use oil made from dinosaurs
Conventional motor oil comes from, well, dead dinosaurs, and is kinda like using a phone with a rotary dial. The synthetic stuff is vastly superior in just about every respect, and you can go three to four times longer between changes.