Everyone knows someone who loves cars, but some people love them more than others. If there isn’t a car enthusiast in your life, it’s probably because it’s you. Your interest in cars gives you great joy, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Even so, there can be downsides to having such an intense passion for something. Whether you spend your weekends fixing up vintage cars or just obsessively clean your family car, it can be a huge part of your life. Fitting other aspects of your life around it, from your family to your finances, isn’t always easy.
Goodbye Money and Time
There’s no denying that being a car enthusiast takes up a lot of your time and money. If you’re not spending a lot of cash on your car, you probably spend time tinkering with it whenever you can. It’s a hobby that can consume your life if you’re not too careful about it. It might not be such a big deal if you’re single. But if you have a family, you can’t dedicate all your time to cars. Even if you’re on your own, it’s not exactly healthy to spend all your spare money and time on cars. But that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to.
Trying to Find That Perfect Part
There are always frustrations that come with having any type of passion or hobby. Often it can be to do with getting things right. When it comes to cars, and especially restoring them, a lot of people are purists. They don’t want to put a fancy new addition into a car if they can help it. But finding a matching part isn’t always simple or cheap. Of course, it may be easier to find OEM replacement parts for newer cars. But if vintage is your thing, you could be waiting years for the perfect part to come along.
Being Everyone’s Mechanic in Your Spare Time
Everyone you know understands that cars are your thing. They know you have some technical knowledge and that you probably have more knowledge about cars than they do. So, naturally, you’re their go-to person for whenever they have any car trouble. Anyone who loves cars needs to be prepared to work as a mechanic in their spare time. If you’re lucky, they might do you a favor in return. Of course, you’re not obligated to help anyone. You don’t want anyone to take advantage of your skills.
No One Is As Enthusiastic As You Are
While lots of people are happy to use your skills, they’re not so happy to hear you talk about your passion. You’ve probably learned by now that few people are willing to let you ramble on for as long as you want. So you have to keep it under wraps as much as you can and avoid taking over the conversation if the subject comes up. Still, at least you have fellow car enthusiasts to geek out with.
Having a passion for cars isn’t all sunshine and roses, but you wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes you happy, even if it also depletes your savings.