Monday, November 10, 2014

The World Of Cars

The cars we drive say a lot about us.
Alexandra Paul

Many people think having a car at home is a necessity. For the very much reasons people will often buy more of them as a sign of prestige – because nothing says “I'm rich a.k.a. better than you are“ more than an extra thing which you perhaps do not actually need. The earliest people can trace back the history of cars, as in personal vehicles powered by the internal mechanism, is back to the 18th century. Seems so early if you compare it with the history of the human kind itself. Cars have been on this planet for not more than three centuries. The so-called modern humans, or Homo Sapiens if you will, have been on this planet for about 200 thousand years. If we look at the history of human kind as a period of 24 hours, cars made their first appearance about a half of one minute to midnight. It is quite impressive how long we had been surviving without cars.

Now that the point has been made, just to clear it up – this is not an attempt of proving that cars are useless. It is here just to show how much of an importance is given to them today and how unimportant they actually are, from the diachronic point of view of course. What actually is important are vehicles. Vehicles have helped people explore different continents. Vehicles helped in building pyramids. Vehicles have been connecting people in so many ways. Cars are vehicles, but not all vehicles are cars. You do not need a car. You need a transport or a vehicle. Having a car is not a dogmatical fact and your feet were made for more than just pressing the accelerator.


How much cars do we actually need?
How much cars do we actually need?
For an average new car, people are ready to go into debts by borrowing money or taking loans. By the time the loan is paid off, the new shiny car lost its value for at least 50%. Moreover, after, for example, 10 years, regular maintenance might cost up to 200$ per month. Therefore it is obvious that buying a car out of any other reason than an actual necessity is pointless and says a lot about our money managment and personality. A well planned car shopping is definitely a serious thing. Not only for the individual and his or her family but also for the environment. The planet has never been more poluted than today and despite the fact that there are amazing options for buying environment-friendly cars, people ignore it thinking they might cost them more than the “old-fashion“ automobiles.

Car maintenance can cost up to 200$ per month
Car maintenance can cost up to 200$ per month

So, what can a car say about their owners. First of all, their reasons for buying a car and how well those reasons are thought through are obvious. Cars should not be bought because they are made in our favorite colours or because we want to have more cars than our neighbours have – because in the end they might cost us more than what we can afford and we might spend much more money than the amount of money we are trying to prove we have. In any major town or city, public transport is available. It should be considered how much a car would cost, including its fuel and maintenance, during several years and then compared to the price of public transport. Another factor is the fuel the car goes by. There is a reason so many scientists are working on new kinds of automobiles which are more environment-friendly than the current ones. Last but not the least, buying some other type of vehicle might be a better option – for example a bicycle or motorbike.