Sweet Ride

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Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain

The most stolen car in the United States is the Honda Accord, specifically the 1994 series.  Maybe it's because they're easy to steal or chop. Not sure, but it got us thinking.

What kind of car do you drive?  Do you think clients judge you based upon the wheels you roll up in?

 

Comments (63)

Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

I have a 3000GT VR-4 Twin Turbo Mitsubishi that I used to drive all  of the time.    I now have a Lexus sedan that takes me to clients, and I do feel a little more comfortable.......  I can take them in my car now, too!

Aug 13, 2011 06:30 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

My wife and I both drive 2009 Toyota Camry's. Mine is black, hers is gold. They work for us, but we could care less what they do for other people. To me, it's more interesting to see what the COLOR of your car says about the type of person you are:

What Does The Color of Your Car say About You?

Aug 13, 2011 07:28 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Clean, comfortable and with water bottles ready for their traveling comfort. RIding music they can choose from, and a good navigation system is a plus. My Ford Edge does the job very nicely.

Aug 13, 2011 07:32 AM
Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

I rarely drive clients in my car - they usually follow me.  The car I drive the most is the one you cannot lose in traffic:Woody the real estate car

Aug 13, 2011 08:08 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

It depends on your attitude, however, Frank, #31 has good advice if you're undecided.

Aug 13, 2011 08:32 AM
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate

I have an Infiniti G35 and it works for all levels. Hubby has an older Lexus I can use as well.

Aug 13, 2011 09:17 AM
Anonymous
Marilyn Robertson

As mentioned, the market dictates this, as most everything else in our business! Those who have buyers ride with them have one opinion. Those who don't have another. Those who primarily list have still another.

Buyers ride with me. I've had two Mercedes and a Lexus, all sedans. Big guys appreciated them! A four year old boy found the mirror in the back of a Mercedes quite interesting. His parents did nothing when he broke it, but they bought a house then, I sold it when they transferred, sold them one more than twice as expensive when they returned to the area and have had personal referrals from them! I'll repair a mirror for than kind of loyalty, any day!

Now I drive a Lexus RX350 which I bought to navigate my own steep, half-mile driveway in snow. So far, everyone has seemed comfortable. And, in bad weather, it certainly beats using the 2004 Expedition that my husband drives!

And, being a car freak, if I could, I'd have a '55-57 T-bird over anything! (But not for real estate!)

Aug 13, 2011 09:21 AM
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Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

There is a real estate company in Denver when they showed up at real estate cool recruiting had to have car x,y,or z.  I remember one was a Land Rover, the others similar and it had to be within the last three years.

If a broker told me that, I would tell them were the could stick it.

Aug 13, 2011 02:59 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

A good CLEAN car in good condition is important. If I were a buyer, I would be turned off by too fancy of a car (Ferrari, Porsche, etc) since that would mean that my agent is not hungry, and doesn't really need my sale.

Aug 13, 2011 04:21 PM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I drive a police car!! Well, not really, but it looks like one! I drive a Mercury Grand Marquis that is in good shape - with 3 antennas on the back (police car look, but purely unintentional!!).

Aug 13, 2011 04:36 PM
Ken Anderson
Apex Results Realty Inc., Brokerage - Burlington, ON
Broker in Burlington, Ontario

I had a Chryler Concorde, nice car, lots of leg and headroom, smooth ride, comfortable, sold it when I was ready for a change.  It sold faster than I thought, so I bought an older Chrysler Intrepid until I could decide what to get.  Liked the car so much, I kept putting off buying another one, until one day, a guy went through a stop sign and totalled it.  I was hurt, but not disabled completely, so I was waiting for my insurance to settle on the car, I rented a new Chevy Impala.  I liked it, it was nice to drive, looked good, too!  Insurance wasn't giving me the right answers and finally I had to give up the rental.  I went to Butch, my friendly wrecking yard owner ('scuse me, recycling expert) and used car dealer.  I explained that once again I needed something until the insurance people smartened up.  He came up with a newer Intrepid.  Nicer than the one I got smacked up.  Drove it for a couple of months until the engine siezed.  OOPS, went back to Butch, he said he would take it back, but all he had was a Plymouth Grand Voyager van at the moment that I could have.  I said okay, but didn't feel all excited about it.  I got to love that van.  Loaded all my junk and everyone else's, drove prospects around, went on day trips.  I'm keeping it around until it dies.  Still haven't replaced my old Intrepid yet, but I'm working on it.  Oh, what did I do to fill in the many gaps?  Drove my unrestored, noisy, full-of-fun head-turning electric blue '82 Fiat Spyder 2000.  Nobody seemed to care what I showed up in. (the Spyder got more laughs and conversation, though!).

Aug 14, 2011 06:50 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Very interesting comments! In Dallas, I find that many clients, who can afford to drive the car of their dreams, are choosing fuel efficient cars over ultra luxury cars.  I find that most clients do not care about the car, as long as it is in great condition, comfortable, and clean, inside and out.

Aug 14, 2011 09:14 AM
Nikesh Parekh
Suplari, Inc. - Seattle, WA
Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor

2003 Acura TL Type S for me.  2005 Acura MDX for my wife.

Aug 14, 2011 05:25 PM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Everyone who knows me, knows that I drive a custom car known as the Craigster1...

OK. OK. I really drive a 2007 328i...

Aug 15, 2011 02:40 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I drive what I can afford.  I have a 2002 Ford F150 Crew Cab, which I try not to take clients in.  I also own a 2006 Toyota Seina which if I get the kids to clean it out works pretty good for clients.

Aug 15, 2011 06:48 AM
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate

Marilyn, I would give all to have a '67 convertible camaro, ice blue with leather and a 350 big block! But, as you said, not for real estate~

Aug 16, 2011 12:50 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Haha, some funny folks on here.  I have had many a buyer make fun of Realtors for their cars and most of them that they were making fun of were the lexxus and hummer drivers.  These were even high end clients.  I used to drive an Oldsmobile Cutlass, high end and first time buyers alike.  Now I have a Jeep and an Expedition and just drive whichever one is available and the most clean.  Seems to work just fine for us! -Kasey

Aug 24, 2011 07:06 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

I gave away my van that I drove my 5 kids around in 3 years ago.  Coincindently I was having a very good year and for the first tiem in my life I paid cash for my Chrysler 300.  I love my car.  Not too fancy so that people are put off, and think I make TONS of money, yet nice enough to provide a  great ride when I do drive my clients around.  License plate TNKRBLLE

Aug 25, 2011 06:55 PM
Karl Hess
Keller Williams Shore Properties - Barnegat, NJ
on The Jersey Shore

Acura MDX (mid-size SUV)...a certain amount of luxury without pretense.

Sep 05, 2011 10:55 AM
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL
www.professionalinvestorsguild.com

Well, I used to drive a Cadillac Escalade, which I bought because I thought people cared what you drive...and convinced myself that somehow it mattered.  Well, then the market crashed and I had to get rid of it along with it's $900 payment.  I then drove a mini-van that my wife and I shared, and I had no problem selling real estate, including some high-end beach condos, and never had a client drop me.  I now drive a nicer car, which I paid cash for, and I'm about to pay cash for another car for my wife, and I will NEVER finance another car again, because I now know that buying more than you can afford to try and impress clients is DEFINITELY NOT necessary.

Feb 06, 2012 04:29 AM