Kids who spend all day watching thuggish rappers "rollin'" in their Mercedes and Bentleys on MTV and BET?
They are gonna be offended because they don't have a Mercedes yet?
How about it becoming an incentive for them to work hard and earn some big money to spend on things they want?
We went to an auction this summer where we were hoping to find a nice muscle car (for me and my son). There were several Bentleys up for auction. Original price was well over 200k, but they were going for 75k or so. Most were 2010-2012 models, pimped out in weird ways.
Auto broker who was buying them told me that they are rapper cars. They get a record deal for 30k + royalties, and they think they are going to be millionaires. So they finance the cars, and a few months later when when the first payment of 12 grand comes in, and no royalties are coming in, they are forced to sell the cars.
He said the biggest problem with these cars, is that they sometimes have a lot of damage that must be dealt with, slashed seats, urine, and general hardcore vandalism. He explained that when the cars get repossessed often the owner and perhaps his posse go off the hook on them, so you had to be very careful to make sure you were not buying a car that was either repaired or damaged in such a way.
I asked him about Carfax, and he laughed. He said it was a useless service. You actually should bring a mechanic with you to the auction to check these cars out before bidding.
It was an interesting and enlightening conversation.
We never did get a muscle car. Maybe next year.