Dear Car Guy: 10 Ways You Know You’ve Made It

Dear Car Guy,

I’ve been thinking about you lately. About how much you invest in your car, your community, and yourself. I wanted to point out some of the best ways you’ve grown, so here are 10 of them.

1. You spend your time researching the best parts, not just the cheapest.

There was a time, in your beginning stages of modding, that you would go for the cheapestand not necessarily the most reliable. Over time being cheap bit you in the butt, and now you take your time and put more research into parts before you make a decision for your baby…I mean, car.

2. You can’t stand loud exhaust drone on the highway.dear car guy

What used to be music to your ear – that amazing sound or missing muffler – is now an annoyance to you on your drive. You like the throaty growl of a deep exhaust, in replacement of the high pitched overpowering scream of “yeah that sure is loud, but is it healthy?” of days gone by. Yes, your exhaust could be considered loud, but when the cops are called by your neighbors’ complaints, they laugh it off and say, “That’s not loud, that’s just sexy”.

3. You are spending more money on parts, than payments.upd2

You’ve come closer to paying off your baby, and now are putting money into making her everything that you have always dreamed for her to be. Your hard earned cash goes towards the things you want, not just back to the bank. You feel free, mostly because your warranty is over at this point anyway, to do whatever your heart desires to your car (within the realm of your preferred tastes of course), and could care less what others have to say about your taste in mods.

4. You find yourself concerned with power and handling over the latest looks.

It’s been awhile since you’ve added any new stickers, and you’re a bit more picky about who you rep while you drive anyway. You’ve scraped off and replaced those that were placed on your beloved ride without much thought, and actually calculate how much ‘sponsorship’ you give on your vehicle. When it comes to form and function, you prefer to make sure that your ride handles appropriately so you can back up your words first, before throwing cash at the outside.

5. You max out the current potential of your current mods before adding others.

It’s pretty easy to continue to purchase new mods, but when you do, you make sure that you’re doing everything to get the full potential out of each and every enhancement. Instead of installing and moving onto the next part, you log for weeks making sure you’re getting the max of every single installation. You enjoy the time under your car, but you won’t do it if it’s not worth it.

6. You start investing in your driving skills, instead of changing your car.mazda meme

Days spent on the track, or long winding roads are where it’s at for you these days. You know that spending time honing in your personal handling abilities is just as important as making sure you have the right bars, braces, and parts in place in order to drive appropriately. Be it auto-x or straight track you keep yourself as tuned in as you do your vehicle.

7. You’re more aware of the miles per gallon on your daily driver, which is why you now own a ‘daily driver’ and a ‘race car’.

Yes, it’s been awesome growing up and spending WAY too much money to make the fastest car around, but these days you keep that one in the garage, and settle for a daily commute in something a little more reasonable on the wallet. It’s an ego check, but a justifiable one, for when you’re driving whichever gas-save it is, you’re thinking of how much cash you’re saving to spend on your next mod.

8. You know the true meaning of a Car Club, and aren’t afraid to pitch in or ask for support.

You understand that as much as you love your car, it’s not just about her. It’s about the people you connect with and spend time with at the shows, meets and installs. Those that you talk shop with, enjoy life with and find yourself missing after only a day away from the latest meet. You look forward all year to summer time and fun road trips, flights, and weekends spent with people you wouldn’t even know if it weren’t for your car.

9. You know that it’s not just about the cars.

You get that it’s your connection to a world of people who are genuine, caring, and supportive. People who will jump in at a moment’s notice to put together a donation thread for your sick kid, hurt puppy, or after an intense accident. That no matter where you are if your car breaks down on a road trip, there will be someone on their way shortly to help you sort through this mess, whether you’ve met them before or not.

10. You know when to be content.mazdaspeed shifter

You’ve hit the mark, and leveled off. You love your car and all the time spent underneath it making it exactly what you want. So you slow down. You can honestly say that you are content with your car, you don’t “need” that part, but there is nothing wrong if you want it. The latest and greatest will be the dashboard hula girl mod for a week or two, or the “oh crap the kids spilled all over the back and now it’s time to detail the car completely”. You become the ‘go-to guy’ for your car friends on install day, and now you go for the food and fun, and find yourself helping just for kicks.

Sit back and enjoy, Car Guy. You’ve earned it.

Until Next time, stay safe, stay happy, and stay fast.

– Kim

One Reply to “Dear Car Guy: 10 Ways You Know You’ve Made It”

  1. Great list Kim. I’d also add “you know there’s more to life than just your car.” Maybe that’s not such a great point for a company with your business model, but it falls in line with the new-found maturity many of us have, and along with that maturity comes responsiblity. We’ve all heard of work-life balance, but we also have to be balanced with how we spend our resources (time and money). I think point #1 is probably the most important. Invest in quality parts so that you do the job right the first time, and you can get back to enjoying your car, rather than sweating over it all the time. Be a tuner (#5), not just a parts swapper. That’s why I come to Corksport.

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