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Top 10 Cars to Avoid If You Want to Be Rich

We Americans are so stupid. Our friend rolls up in a shiny new car and our jaws drop… “Remote start, cup warmers, plush leather seats, and a sleek new body style….(drooling ensues)…I want one so bad! I’m so jealous of you and your new car!”


Do you realize what you just said??

You’re jealous of:

I admit it. I used to drool at my coworkers’ new cars when I first started working for Corporate America, but now I know the facts. New, expensive cars will only keep me from living the life of my dreams – you know, one with travel, excitement, and plenty of money.

Top 10 Cars to Avoid If You Want to Be Rich

Okay, so I’m probably preaching to the choir about the new car purchases. If you’re reading this page, I assume you already know all the downsides of owning a new vehicle, namely the extreme costs of buying it, insuring it, and holding onto it (depreciation).

But what about buying a used car? What types of cars are a good idea to own? And which ones are the cars to avoid if you want to be rich?

Earlier this year, I wrote an article titled, “Top 10 Cars for Digging Your Way Out of Debt“, so I’ve already got that topic covered. But I still feel like there’s a huge gap with peoples’ perceptions of what used vehicles are smart to own and which ones are just flat out stupid to ever consider parking in your garage.

If I were you, I would take note of these top 10 cars to avoid if you want to be rich.

cars to avoid if you want to be rich1-4) Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Porsche

I’m lumping these all together because they’re all equally and unbelievably stupidespecially as used vehicles. Not only are these cars still more expensive to buy and insure than a comparable domestic vehicle, but they become unbelievably expensive to repair because they have expensive replacement parts and they require an expert mechanic to bring them back to health.

5) Saab

Why is it that some of the coolest looking cars have some of the worst reliability ratings? I really like the look of the Saab, but I vow to never own one. Based on their listing on the Consumer Affairs website, general repairs can easily cost $800 all the way up to $6,000. You’ll rarely see one with over 200,000 miles, which can pretty much tell you what to expect after the 100,000 mile mark. As a positive, these vehicles usually rate well in the crash testing, but that’s where the positives end.

cars to avoid if you want to be rich6) Land Rover

Whether brand new or used, if you’re buying a Land Rover, you’re overpaying heavily for the name. The Land Rover is supposed to be a luxury all-terrain vehicle. They’re pretty and they have a ton of gadgets, but as my dad always said, “The more options you put in a car, the more things that can go wrong with it.” And based on my research, Land Rover has had plenty of woes… Be sure to put this on the list of the top 10 cars to avoid if you want to be rich.

7) Hummer

If you own a Hummer, you probably have some kind of mental issues. Seriously. They really aren’t good for anything. They’re big on the outside, but relatively small on the inside. They don’t handle all that great (especially in the snow). And, they get absolutely terrible gas mileage. If you want to be rich, then you have to think practically, and this vehicle is not at all practical.

drastically reduce your fuel expense8) Volvo

I fell prey to the lure of the Volvo when I was 23 years old. My VW Passat VR6 was failing me every other weekend (by the way, this could be #11 of this list – it was an absolutely terrible car) and I wanted a safe, reliable Volvo, you know, like all the commercials promised…

Thankfully, it made the trip from Michigan to my new home in Florida, but about 6 months after that, the transmission went out. $2,800 later, I was back on the road. And then the water pump was failing, and then the coolant tank cracked, etc. etc. etc…. I paid $3,000 for it used, and put in another $4,000 to keep it on the road.

As with the Mercedes and BMW, these cars are just outrageously expensive to fix. Etch this one in stone on the top 10 cars to avoid if you want to be rich.

9) Lexus

Out of all the foreign vehicles that are offered today, Lexus is probably the one I trust the most. For years, it has proven to be a reliable option. So why did I put this on my list of cars to avoid if you want to be rich? It’s simple. You’re paying too much for the name. At this very moment, I’m staring at an ad for a 10 year old Lexus with 176,000 miles. Do you know what the asking price is? $9,000! This is just way too much money for those stats. And, if it does break down (as all cars do), the repairs will be pricey. Don’t start drooling for the Lexus, especially if you want to be rich.

10) Chevy Corvette

Talk about impractical – let’s talk about the Chevy Corvette. I’ve wanted one for years, but it makes no sense to buy if you want to have a fat wallet in your later years. In my area, I could buy an 80’s model Corvette for $4,000, but then come the costs of insurance, gas, and repairs. One could easily go from a $4,000 purchase to an immediate $2,500 repair bill with one of these things. These cars aren’t made for reliable transportation – they’re toys, and only the rich should own them and play with them.


You know how you get rich? You buy embarrassing cars and ugly houses. Nobody gets rich buy acting wealthy and buying things they can’t really afford. In fact, that’s how people go bankrupt.

The above list shows the cars to avoid if you want to be rich, and I would hold yourself to this list – with no exceptions (oh, and Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Maserati…those shouldn’t have even crossed your mind – they’re stupid with zeros on the end). Why not drive  a Honda, Toyota, or a dependable domestic car for less than $10,000? You’ll pay less in insurance, less in repairs, and you’ll be able to beef up your investment funds for your later years.

Choose to be rich and avoid all of the stupid cars in this list!

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Hey Derek,
    Love the article! And thanks for the share.

    Yeah, I couldn’t agree more that a quality used Honda, Toyota, or dependable domestic car make much more sense financially. If someone is in a wealth-growing stage, buying one of the cars you listed (especially new) is a major roadblock to progress. Adding debt to that is even worse.

    I see you are jumping into real estate investing. I write a lot about that and have been investing full-time for 13 years, so I look forward to exchanging ideas.

    ~ Chad

    • Thanks for check out my site, Chad. When you stop to think about it, spending the minimum on things like cars just makes logical sense in the long run. Everyone should be driving cars that cost $10,000 or less, especially since their value just keeps going down!

      Liz and I close on our first rental house today. We’re excited to tackle the project and get this thing rented out! Can’t wait to share all the details soon.

      • Congrats on the new rental purchase, Derek! Yeah, get that baby rented and paying you asap. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

        • Thanks Chad! We just started working on the house yesterday – can’t wait to publish the first update this weekend!

  2. Hi Derek—-I like your list of cars not to buy, just happy you did not say a Jeep Loredo. I envy all the energy you have to buy houses to flip and rent out. Oh to be young again.

    Wish you well and I enjoy reading your posts.

    Aunt MTB

    • Haha. Don’t worry Aunt Marcia – I don’t consider your Jeep to be a lemon. 😉

      It’s true, I do enjoy tackling a bunch of projects. Hopefully I can handle them all! FYI – Demo day started yesterday. I’ll be sending along an update this upcoming Sunday or Monday. 🙂

  3. Great list Derek! I am really learning a lot from your blog, so I have been searching for your previous posts which could benefit me as a person. This post helps me to be wise in avoiding the cars you have listed, in order, for me to save finances. 🙂

    • Glad to hear it John! Where are you in your personal finance journey? Do you have consumer debt? Home debt? Do you have an emergency fund in place? Thanks for reading!

  4. Thanks for this article Derek. On the flip side, can you do an article on vehicles to look out for if we want to be rich? Many thanks.

  5. I chuckle as I read the title, then as I further read your content it is indeed a great tip if your goal is to be rich. I couldn’t agree more, these are high maintenance cars. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    • Glad you liked it, Speedhut! Plenty more articles to come!

  6. Wow, great post! Definitely some excellent tips and advice for buying a best rich car. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sure! You’re welcome!

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