Currently I am visiting family in the Bahamas and one thing I notice is the amount of men driving flashy cars. If they are not driving flashy cars they have a “flashy” accessory to the car that serves no other purpose but to draw attention to the vehicle. Such as car rims, neon lights under the car etc.
These serve no functional purpose to the vehicle and in some cases are more harmful to the car than how the car initially came. The rims for example, the increased size of the rim reduce the rubber of the tire between the road and the rim.
This means the tire will not last as long and the car rim is more susceptible to damage from a pothole or drop in terrain because there is less absorption.
Maybe this desire for expensive cars and accessories is exclusive to the Bahamas? Well According to a Study by TrueCar.com in which the buying habits for cars for men and women are compared the conclusion was “Men Prefer Flashy or Brawny Vehicles; Women Prefer Import Brands and Smaller Vehicles”
So why do men make some investments in cars? In my opinion, it is Women. Similar to the way Peacocks show their beautiful feathers in an attempt to attract a mate. Men are trying to achieve the same effect with cars.
A man who drives an expensive or flashy car is a potential sign that he is financial well off and is high status. Of course there is a possibility that this may not be true but in most cases if a man drives a Ferrari, he is “well off”. Another thing to note is that there is another set of traits that sometimes come into effect. Men who are financial successful tends to be more determined, goal oriented, and confident.
These are some of the traits that are attractive to women because it shows that if she were to settle down with him. There is a higher chance that she and her off spring will be happier and well taken care of, than if she were to settle down with a poor man. The ironic part of this however is that based on a research study done by University of Minnesota and the University of Texas – San Antonio is that men that spend on flashy items with the intention of exclusively attracting women are driven by the desire for short-term relationships.
So does this mean that having a sweet ride will have women lining up around the block to meet you? Of course not! That requires also being a celebrity but having nice car it doesn’t hurt and does add attraction points.