It's safe to say that Lamborghinis have a seriously good reputation. They are regularly referenced in pop culture and are one of the most common exotic cars mentioned in rap music.
Lambos are the kind of car people like to namedrop, even if you're not in the sports car community. Most Lambos are regarded as some of the most powerful muscle cars and the fastest racing muscle cars of their types.
The brand makes some of the best supercars in existence. It's why a lot of A-list celebrities love driving them and namedropping them. Heck, even Akon mentioned owning one of these things:
"I feel you creepin, I can see you from my shadow/Wanna jump up in my Lamborghini Gallardo?/Maybe go to my place and just kick it like Tae Bo"
If you just got enough money to consider buying a Lamborghini, congratulations. You're rich. But, should you really buy a Lamborghini? Well, there are some things you should know before you rush to the dealership.
The most obvious thing you need to know is that buying a Lamborghini isn't cheap.
I'm going to be blunt—Lamborghinis are expensive cars. Like, really expensive cars. The cheapest new Lamborghini, the 2018 Lamborghini Urus, is a $200,000 car. That's the price that most people will spend on a house.
That's really expensive and if you aren't sure you can afford to lose $200,000 or so, you probably shouldn't buy a Lamborghini. Audi and Lexus make really nice cars that have similar amenities with a smaller price tag. You can look there.
Don't think you can get a big discount with a used Lambo, either. The chances of you finding a used car dealership that has a Lamborghini are very, very slim.
In other words, expect to buy new.
People will look at you differently when you get out of a Lamborghini than if you were to get out of a Lexus—and that's not always a good thing.
A Lamborghini is a car that screams, "You got it made." Everyone who has a pulse knows that driving a Lambo means you have money and, quite possibly, very serious connections. Therefore, driving one is a serious status symbol.
This will change the way that people perceive you. Entrepreneur aptly noted that driving a Lamborghini is a good way to show business contacts that you know what you're doing, and is a good way to get conversations sparked on how you got that rich.
That sounds great, but there's a downside to this too. Others may see you as a walking wallet, and that's not so fun. If you're worried about having people like you solely due to your income, you might want to rethink buying a Lamborghini.
A Lamborghini engine gets really, REALLY hot.
One thing many people don't know about supercars and high-powered muscle cars is that the engines get really warm. In fact, it's not that uncommon for ultra-high performance cars like Ferraris and Bugatti Veyrons to occasionally spit blue flames from their exhaust due to the sheer amount of combustion going on.
There have been some cases in which supercars have literally burst into flames because a hapless driver decided to rev the engine a bit too long. In the past, both Porsche and Ferrari have recalled cars due to the potential of fires happening.
Lamborghini has not. This does not mean, though, that it won't light on fire. Needless to say, if you're thinking about buying a Lamborghini or any other supercar, you need to think about the potential of having it light on fire because you chose to rev it up.
Speed limits will be way harder to abide by.
A Lamborghini engine is seriously powerful, and that means that having a lead foot is just not doable if you want to avoid tickets. Even a light touch can make the motor rev upwards of 35 miles per hour.
Buying a Lamborghini is a great way to ensure you'll end up speeding a lot more—and also attract police attention due to the roar of the exhaust. If you do want to plunk down the cash, make sure you have enough to spend on tickets, too.
Another thing that may take you by surprise is the fact that you might need a seat cushion.
Lamborghini seats are not as cushy as you'd hope them to be. Many are actually made of carbon fiber—a seriously tough material that isn't very gentle in terms of cushioning. As one Lamborghini test driver said:
"The seats in the Huracán are the most rigid seats you will ever sit in. They don’t coddle you—in fact, the carbon fiber wings near your hips will bruise you. And they are set super low."
It's understandable, though, since these are meant to be race cars and not necessarily commuter cars. However, that still means that you might end up needing to get some seat cushions if you want to go for a long drive without hurting your butt.
A seat cushion like the one above might help. Just saying.
Surprisingly, you will also need to re-learn how to drive if you choose to buy a Lambo.
Most people understand that driving means jamming a key in a hole, putting your car into drive, and just pressing a pedal or two. This isn't how modern Lambos drive, though.
Since they are supercars that are engineered for the racetrack, they drive differently, too. The driver of the Huracán noted:
"On the console you’ll find a bunch of buttons. There’s a 'P,' for park. An 'R' for reverse. An 'M,' for manual mode, where you control the gears yourself using the paddles behind the steering wheel. But there’s no 'D.' To make the Lamborghini move forward, you have to pull on the right-hand paddle shifter."
Turn signals can be pretty hard to find on certain new Lamborghini models, too. As a result, you may accidentally turn into the Lambo driver who needlessly revs his car while in park.
Even stopping at a gas station can be an experience when you're in a Lamborghini.
According to multiple reports, buying a Lamborghini will mean that you need to field a lot of questions—even when you stop for gas. One test driver was mistaken for a record executive and given a mixtape by a hopeful star. Another ends up having to deal with people asking him what he does.
It may only take four minutes to fuel up, but if you're in a Lambo, you may end up needing an extra 20 just to get people to stop asking questions about your car. When you factor in that Lamborghinis use a lot of gas, you can quickly see why stopping for more can be a chore.
You may also see people taking photos of your car while you fill up.
Lamborghinis are also really loud.
Most gearheads will tell you that buying a Lamborghini means that you are going to hear a screaming engine for quite some time. It's part of the reason why Lamborghinis are as popular as they are.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's part of the supercar mystique. It also is an attention-getter, and let's face it, a large part of the Lambo experience is the attention you get when you drive one.
There are some models that don't come with a front lift kit—and that makes parking rough.
You can't park your car on the side of the street if you're in a Lamborghini, because it's a Lamborghini. That alone can make it hard to deal with, but it gets even worse when you deal with the extremely low-set cars made by this company.
A lot of Lambos have optional lift kits—which means that you might not have a lift on your car. If a parking lot is up on a hill, guess what! You will not be able to drive up on that hill to park because it'll scratch the bottom of your car.
If you're buying a Lamborghini, you might want to have a backup car just for daily use. While a Lamborghini is suitable for road use, let's just be real, it's not always doable without hurting the car.
Lastly, buying a Lamborghini means you'll also be paying heavily for parts and maintenance.
Lambos are gas guzzlers. But, that's not the worst issue that you will deal with as a Lamborghini owner. The really bad issue with this car is the price of maintenance and repairs.
These cars can have wheels that cost $25,000 and even something as simple as an oil change can run you around $2,000. A transmission repair can easily cost as much as $50,000. The cost of car maintenance also goes up as years pass.
That being said, buying a Lambo is something that is more a lifestyle choice than anything else. If you can afford a Lamborghini, chances are that you can afford the lifestyle (and repairs) that come with driving a supercar.