Classic Cars vs Modern Cars – Is It a Real Debate?

February 12, 2018Car Driving Tips
Jane Davis

Apart from being a freelance writer and moving expert, Jane is also an art and museum lover.

Marvel vs. DC, Taco Bell vs. Chipotle, beer vs. wine – are there any rational reasons to choose one over the other, or it all depends on an individual’s taste? The same goes for picking a side in the neverending modern cars vs. classic cars debate.

Modern vehicles, straight off the assembly line, are true feats of engineering, boasting the latest technological innovations and state-of-the-art equipment. On the other hand, classics have stood the test of time and are genuine remnants of a distant past when things were made to last. Stick with us and see what are the pros and cons of both sides in this, some would say, pointless argument.

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The Grand Debate: Classic Cars vs Modern Cars

Can we find the guy who started this debate years ago and find a way to punish him (non-violently, of course)? The clash between new and old is present in all aspects of our life, but rarely will you meet so many stubborn people trying to convince you and one another that their choice is better. Yes, it is better, but for them, not for you. People seem to have forgotten that we still live in a democratic society and that we do not have to share the same opinion on everything.

And what about those who cannot decide? Some would assume that not having an opinion on a certain topic is even worse. But in cases like this, it saves your nerves, and you still get to drive the car you want. If you are living without a car, perhaps you should stay clear of this debate altogether. Or at least until you decide to get a four-wheeler of your own.

There are so many misconceptions about vehicles in general that we do not see the point in arguing. The evolution of autos and the fact that many people now collect them is one of the best examples of how our consumerism works. On average, there are 1,88 vehicles per household in the US, but it is not rare to see a family of four with at least two vehicles. Nowadays, it is popular to get brand new imported autos, but drivers also do not hesitate to shop for cars online or even inoperable vehicles that are rare vintage models.

old vintage vehicle
The timeless charm of a vintage car

Is It Better to Invest in Modern or Vintage Vehicles?

It is hard to tell because both have their ups and downs, and in the end, it all comes down to personal preferences. No matter what, some people will always think that driving a brand new jaguar is a better experience than driving vintage vehicles, and that is ok. Both options can come with pretty expensive price tags, so let’s look at some of their advantages.

Advantages of a New Car

For starters, we’re talking about a new, modern machine, warranted for several years. No one used it before you, it is in excellent condition, so you do not have to invest in any repairs, and you’ll most likely easily find a mechanic who will maintain it.

It should be easier to drive them if you are a beginner because old vehicles are not so smooth and straightforward. Although not everyone would agree that having a bunch of buttons and flashing lights is simple to operate, especially those who prefer to just turn the key and drive. It can cause driving stress to someone who is not that tech-savvy.

Advantages of a Vintage Car

They are pretty, isn’t that enough? There is just something so elegant about them, and hardly anyone could predict that they would be so desirable and stylish even today. On any given weekend, you can find classic car-shows across the country and admire their beauty. Do not expect to find seat heaters, AC, sound system, and all that. This is something different, almost like you are not buying a car but a collectible item. And the prices can vary, so do not be surprised if you see big numbers.

One of the problems is that in case something breaks, it is not so easy to find spare parts, and perhaps not every mechanic would want to deal with it. These vehicles are not about speed; they are in a league of their own.

The Final Verdict

Modern models that are expensive and produced in limited series can certainly be an excellent investment, because the rarer something is, the more people are willing to pay for it. That is the way it goes. When it comes to old vehicles, it depends on the make and model, but they all have that potential, and if they are well-maintained and in good condition, their value can only grow over time.

Hand on Car Steering Wheel
let’s see what this button does

Should My First Car be Vintage or Modern?

Experienced drivers who have been on the road for years without any driving anxiety can tell exactly what type of vehicle suits them. But how can young adults with little to no experience know what is going to work well for them? Your driving school probably uses newer vehicles, so you are already familiar with the way they work.

We could say that there are more reasons to begin your driver’s career with a new car instead of with a vintage classic because they are safer. Also, there are so many options for financial agreements that will not break your bank. On the other hand, when you learn how to drive a car without all the buttons and technology, you will be able to drive pretty much anything.

Of your driving career has just begun, stick with a newer vehicle

Can We Agree to Disagree?

We tried to find an answer, but there cannot be just one. There are so many reasons why this dilemma is trending for years now; but still, in its core, it is pointless. Everybody should have the right to drive whatever they want without being judged or argued with. And in the end, if you do not like it, sell it and try something else; at least that is easy. Do not worry, we are not going to tell anyone you have changed your mind.

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