Luxury car is a term that you are sure to have already come across countless times. You go to a dealership and see plenty of stunning vehicles on display. Do any of them fall under the luxury category?
How do you differentiate a luxury car from a regular model? Is the term strictly reserved for automobiles or SUVs from high-end brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, or Lexus, among others?
If you would like to learn more about this highly coveted kind of vehicle, let seasoned providers of luxury car maintenance in Dubai shed some light on the matter and share some helpful facts that you may not know yet.
1. The term “luxury car” is not limited to specific brands.
Contrary to popular belief, brands that we usually associate with luxury vehicles are not the only ones that produce them. The brand is not a determinant. Other than the brands previously mentioned, these days, you can also find luxury vehicles being produced by more mainstream manufacturers like Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, among others.
Think of it in the same way as you would any other luxury item, such as branded clothes or bags. A non-branded bag may function in the same way as a designer bag. And of course, branded bags possess features that you will not find in regular ones.
2. Price does not determine luxury.
Some people may think that a vehicle’s price indicates what type it is (whether it is a luxury model or a mainstream one). It is understandable why, given the features on some of the cars. However, that is not always the case.
Surprising as it may seem, you can find luxury cars that are cheaper than some mainstream models. The Hyundai hatchback Veloster N, for instance, actually costs more than the Acura ILX. Prices for the mainstream car start at around $27,800, while Acura’s automobile with premium package costs $27,650.
A vehicle is considered a luxury vehicle based on its line of features.
3. A luxury car comes with spectacular style features.
A regular sedan can have the same features as a luxury car. What differs is how the component or feature performs. Luxury cars offer a level of comfort that is not available in ordinary sedans.
Luxury cars are designed to pamper the driver and passengers. Driving these vehicles is meant to be a smoother experience. The suspension is elevated to such a degree that all bumps and humps seem to melt away.
Luxury interiors are plush. For instance, Lexus cars are draped with a unique type of leather that is harvested from stress-free cows raised in open fields. And with outside noises minimized, both the driver and passengers will arrive at their destination comfortably, even after hours of heavy driving.
4. Mainstream brands also produce luxury cars.
Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are major car manufacturers known for producing economy vehicles. But as mentioned previously, they do manufacture their own set of luxury cars under different brands. Toyota has Lexus, Nissan has Infiniti, while Honda’s luxury line is Acura.
Why have separate lines? Unlike in the case of electronics (such as with mobile phone brands that produce both flagship and entry-level models) with car brands, the quality of the customer service varies depending on the type of car.
Car manufacturers and dealerships provide varying levels of service, depending on the type of car they are selling. Salespeople in high-end dealerships focus on providing their customers with the level of service they expect. The same goes for staff in dealerships for mainstream vehicles.
However, it is also possible to find mainstream brands building luxury cars. Kia, for one, is known for its line of economy cars, but some would consider the Kia Cadenza as a luxury vehicle.
What makes it a luxury vehicle, you may ask? Similar to other luxury cars, the Cadenza boasts of heated luxury seats, navigational tools, and a buttery-smooth ride. Other examples include the 2014 Chevy Impala, the Hyundai Genesis, and the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited.
5. Parts and maintenance methods are different.
As you may have already guessed, luxury cars have parts that are unlike what you would find in a regular vehicle. Most luxury vehicles are understandably pricey because of this reason. Even after purchasing one, you must have the financial resources to keep it in good condition.
Whether you are choosing the gas to use or replacing the automotive bearings, each component you put in or use has to be built explicitly for a luxury car. Scrimping on any level would reduce the car’s ability to perform at its peak level. Substandard components will also cause the car to deteriorate faster.
The same goes for servicing the car. Luxury cars should only be sent to shops that specialize in that particular model. Otherwise, the mechanics might use substandard parts and cause the car to break.
If you plan on purchasing a luxury car, get in touch with a mechanic and shop that offers specialist care, repair and maintenance services for the brand you choose. This will ensure that your car stays in excellent condition.
Ahmad Ramadan is a Managing Partner at Deutsche Technik Service Center, Dubai’s first and largest VW, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, & Lamborghini vehicle specialist and performance tuner. DT has also built an illustrious portfolio in classic car repair, maintenance, and restoration, as well as body work (accident repair, painting, and denting). DT Service Centre offers a full range of services: mechanical repairs, maintenance, servicing, etc.