Why Muscle Cars Can’t Be Newbies’ First Vehicle

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Attending the 2017 Automotive Summit has shown me how many people genuinely love cars. Looking around hundreds of people in the crowd, I saw everyone listening attentively to the guest speakers. The panelists consisted of car manufacturers and even restorers.

The event was quite unique, given that they had various cars on display. Even my personal favorite—muscle cars—had a spot in the middle of it all. When I stood near a Corvette, though, I could not help but overhear young professionals talking about cars. As it turned out, one of them was a newly licensed driver. They were looking to buy an auto, and their first choice was a muscle car.

I knew it would be rude to join the conversation, but the idea that those people had was a little rocky. Here’s why.

Muscle Cars Are More Dangerous Than Contemporary Cars
Back in the day, manufacturers built autos without safety in mind. They did not add seatbelts or airbags to protect the driver and passengers in case of collision. Thus, if an inexperienced driver gets behind the wheels, they may get in a lot of trouble.

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Owning A Muscle Car Is Expensive In More Ways Than One
Buying a fully functioning muscle car in the 21st century typically means that you need hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around. You can get a rusty one at a much cheaper rate, but it requires an overhaul. Besides, gasoline is always costlier than diesel, and that’s what’s fueling all muscle cars. In case you genuinely want this type of vehicle, you can’t be a minimum wage earner.

Muscle Cars May Not Be Very Reliable
Muscle cars are comparable to your slowest sibling in the morning. They take forever to warm up; you are all ready to go, but they are not. Unless you modify the engine, it may be faster to ride a bike or hail a cab than to use a muscle car for your daily commute.


A muscle car will always have a soft spot in everyone’s hearts, but we should all be realistic sometimes. This auto can be thrilling to ride, but buying one is not the most economical decision. Think a gazillion times before getting a muscle car, especially if you are a novice driver.