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Luxury cars are high end or premium vehicles that are offered by many of the top auto manufacturers. Luxury cars have a long history of being a symbol of indulgence or excess, since most of the features of luxury cars are not essential to the vehicle’s main purpose of providing transportation and instead are used to project wealth, prosperity, or social status.

It’s true that spending extra money on a luxury car does yield some pretty pleasant benefits; it’s not all smoke and mirrors. Luxury cars tend to feature the most powerful engines and drivetrains in a manufacturer’s lineup, and are often as fast and powerful as sports cars or high performance cars. In addition to boasting impressive specs, luxury cars are also usually among the best built cars on the market. They feature impressive fit and finish, with interiors crafted out of top quality materials such as expensive wood and soft leather. This class of vehicle is also where auto manufacturers showcase their newest, most expensive features, such as top end stereo equipment, the latest electronic controls, and recent safety innovations. 

Shopping for used luxury cars is a good way to get the experience of living large without totally busting the budget. A used or preowned luxury car is never going to be cheap, of course, but it’s possible to find a good deal on a luxury car that has recently been traded in or come off lease. A preowned luxury car won’t have the absolute latest features that are on the newest models, but the electronics and other tech equipment is likely to still be more advanced than the equipment on new mid range or lower end vehicles. The prestige of a late model luxury car has staying power, so a gently preowned luxury vehicle is likely to feel new for a long time.