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What Cars Are For

What Cars Are For

The car can be our pride and joy yet equally it can be the bane of our lives. We lavish attention and money upon them in equal measure. They make us happy. The trouble is, happiness is an abstract concept. Curiously, you can feel it but you can’t touch it. Our cars make us happy but this euphoria evaporates almost from the minute you pull out and enter traffic. This is when even the most benign suburban streets can turn into a war zone. This is our driving lives – pleasure and pain; mostly financial. Yet still we strive for more.

We all aspire to better, faster cars because it makes us feel good. The car has long since ceased to be just a method of transport and has become a lifestyle choice. We like to customise our cars and, where possible, make them seem unique to us; a personal statement, if you like; an extension of our personality. Fortunately, there is a wealth of products available to car owners to style and individualise their precious transport.

But it doesn’t just stop there because cars don’t just need goodies and bling, they need love too. Although cars have become increasingly complicated there are still many jobs that we can do ourselves. There’s a wide variety of DIY auto products to make car maintenance a doddle. There’s kit to winterise your car and there’s electronic gadgetry to bring your audio and connectivity bang up to date.

Then, of course, it has got to be kept clean. Sure, you can take it to the supermarket and get the trolley guys to do it but, although it is hard work, that final ‘stand back and admire your handiwork’ moment is worth savouring. When you’ve done detailing your ride then a coffee and a sit-down with a little light reading will be much deserved.

The good news is that all these various aspects of owning and running a car can be found easily. From your high street motor factors, the car dealerships and onto the internet ‘webiverse’ all you need for car joy and is just a phone call or click away. There’s something for every one – from sensible ideas to vintage luxury goodies, silly fripperies to travel essentials; take your pick; you might even get some ideas about buying a second car – something unique – just for fun.

Setting aside all the money issues and nasty surprises that cars can thrust upon us, there’s nothing better than the call of the open road and a fun lifestyle that suits you, the driver. Yes, they drive us up the wall; yes they cost us a fortune but, in the end, they are what gives us our freedom. That’s what cars are for.

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