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Ten Annoying Things Non-Car People Say

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Last week we asked you what blather from car unenthusiasts most troubled you and you responded with more than 2,000 comments. Here are your picks for the ten most annoying things non-car people say.


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10.) "Lamborghinis are the best, all my favorite basketball players drive them"

Suggested By: boca_stig

Why It's Annoying: Sure, and basketball players also spend hundreds of dollars on sneakers. Just because someone famous buys something shouldn't mean it's instantly the best thing since sliced bread. I've got nothing against basketball players, (and almost nothing against Lamborghinis) but just because someone's went out and bought a Gallardo doesn't mean they're doing anything else other than trying to fit in at the club after the game.

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9.) "Why don't you buy something reliable instead of a sports car?"

Suggested By: Jackie

Why It's Annoying: Because I wanted a sports car. And who says sports cars aren't reliable? As long as you keep your car well maintained, nearly anything can be reliable. I appreciate having fun while I drive, and don't want to be bored by it.


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8.) "(insert car brand/model here) sucks! My (insert family member here) had one in 1975 and it (rusted away/broke down/smelled funny). I'd never buy a new one of those."

Suggested By: kaBoomBOX

Why It's Annoying: I had my wisdom teeth out a few months ago, and it was horrible, but that doesn't mean I'm never going to the dentist ever again. Sometimes you just get stuck with a lemon. Or, alternatively, consider that during however many years have passed since you last owned one, the manufacturer may have improved that car.


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7.) "SUVs are saver and better in the snow"

Suggested By: arozzi

Why It's Annoying: No, car control is safer in the snow. Whether you've got all, four, front, or rear wheel drive, the safest thing is to know how to drive to suit the conditions and having the right tires. Just because your massive truck has the ability to use four wheel drive doesn't give you permission to drive like an idiot in the snow.


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6.) "Why would someone pay that much for a car?"

Suggested By: Mister Scroggs

Why It's Annoying: I don't know, why do you pay so much for a fine cigar? Or bottle of wine? Or a handmade watch? Any number of things seem extravagant when you could just go to the convenience store and pick up a $10 bottle of wine or cigar, or a watch from some guy on the street. But if you really want that car, for whatever reason, paying out the nose for it can seem totally worthwhile.


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5.) "Wagons are for old people"

Suggested By: brisbrd

Why It's Annoying: Or for people who appreciate having lots of room inside their car, without taking up lots of room outside. When did the wagon become the ride of choice for old folks? And who cares if it is? That just means that if you get one used, it'll have been driven by a little old lady, not some crazy kid.


4.) "Why do you drive that old thing"

Suggested By: fatfrank72

Why It's Annoying: The same reason you drive that new thing. I like it. I like feeling more connected to the road, and not having to do my driving through a computer and a million airbags. Also, I don't need a degree in computer science to work on it, and I'd like to think that it's been good to me so far, so why should it stop now?


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3.) "Cars are just for getting from point A to point B"

Suggested By: RamblinReck89

Why It's Annoying: That's cool, we have something in common! I don't find any joy in life's little pleasures either. Look, if you're going to spend some insanely high amount of time behind the wheel of a car during your lifetime, you might as well enjoy it. Make it something fun!


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2.) "I never learned to drive a manual."

Suggested By: Chairman Kaga

Why It's Annoying: Sadly, this one comes up far too often. To the uninitiated, it seems simple enough: most cars are automatics. Why bother learning? Well, it's like this: boldly declaring you've never learned how to drive stick is, to us, like saying you just don't care about something we're passionate about. Suitable gearhead responses can include: "I don't care about cooking, so I never learned how to hold a knife" or "I don't care about baseball, so I don't know how to swing a bat."


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1.) "It's Just A Car"

Suggested By: Mazarin

Why It's Annoying: Maybe to you. To the enthusiast, it's a way of life. We really enjoy hours in the driveway washing away the road dirt or under the hood trying to find the source of that rattle. We like talking to other like-minded individuals who care about the same things we do. Your car may be "just a car" to you, but to us it's a way of life.