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You become what you drive: are you a cadillac or an edsel?

Are you a Cadillac or an Edsel type person
Are you a Cadillac or an Edsel type person
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There is a lot that people can tell about you by the kind of car you drive and the way you take care of it. You are what you drive. If you want to make a good impression on the important people in your life, such as a prospective employer, a current employer, a prospective spouse, or a prospective client, just what kind of a car should you have, and how should you take care of it?

The Drive By Breakup!

By the same token, if you’re trying to discourage a relationship, or even break one off, what kind of a vehicle should you be tooling around in, and what kind of shape should it be in?

Peter Greenblum, the CEO of, an online service that pays cash for junk cars and arranges to have them picked up, says that in some American subcultures a wreck of a car in the front yard is a status symbol, indicating that the owners have the wherewithal to buy a car but never need to sell it or trade it in.

The Motor is the Message.
We invite you to take a look at the following list of cars and upkeep data to help you figure out what kind of a message, subliminal or otherwise, you are currently sending out to the world with your vehicle:

Cadillac. Someone over sixty sees a Cadillac on the road and thinks: “That is one sweet ride; that person must be doing great!”. But the younger the observer is, the more likely they are to think: “Who would drive such an ostentatious gas-guzzler? They must be desperate to show off!”

Bumper stickers = Uncoolness. If you’re driving a car with absolutely no bumper stickers, not even a logo on any of the windows, you are clearly advertising to the world that you have arrived and do not need to make any kind of statement or endorse any kind of product or philosophy. Conversely, the more bumper stickers you have like “My Child is an Honor Student at . . . “ or “My Other Car is at The Pinewood Derby”, the more likely you are to be seen as conventional and perhaps still struggling to find your place in the world. If your vehicle is absolutely plastered with bumper stickers and logo signs, with only a small port hole left in the windshield to navigate through, it definitely means you are anti-social and want to be left strictly alone. Never show up in such a vehicle on a sales call or a job interview!

Alternative Power is Good, but Brand Names are Better! According to, The New York Auto Show this year highlighted alternatively fueled vehicles as the most important vehicles of the year, but not necessarily the most highly desirable by the younger demographic. The hottest models included the Acura TLX, the Alfa Romeo 4C, the BMW 2 Series, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible. These kind of cars may leave a huge carbon footprint, but they provide the kind of status symbol that younger drivers want in order to impress their peers and superiors.

Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile. If you drive this baby you are going to be the universal favorite of eveyone on the planet -- man and boy, woman and girl. I’ll have mine with relish.

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