My first car: '08 Cayman

God damn you're thick. What he's saying has nothing to do with the fucking keys. He's saying don't flaunt it.

Humility goes a long way with a car like this. Enthusiasts will notice it no matter what, and bringing it to other people's attention will result in resentment, as you can see in this thread. Most people do not drive something that nice in their entire lives, and you just had it handed to you as a first car. On top of that you're already talking about a 911 because a Cayman apparently isn't good enough for you.

Dont apologize, just a lesson to learn is be careful how you broadcast it.


This guy knows what's up.

But most importantly, take care of it. I feel like I'm more inclined to take care of mine because someone bought it for me.


Shit like that is ridiculous. It's the exact opposite. You have no skin in the game, and consciously or not the car will be treated as such.

I drove a family car that I didn't pay a cent for and I didn't even think about maintenance or vehicle care. I beat the crap out of it and put gas in it occasionally. I also blew the engine in a different family care from combined ignorance and abuse. I didn't have a clue what happened at the time, but it was oil starvation and high revs toasting the bearings. That second one I was on the hook for. After that day I learned very quickly about how cars work, and how they need to be maintained, because I didn't have a choice. I couldn't afford to blow up another engine.

I still drive like my ass is on fire, but only after verifying a few things. All of this applies to any car.

-find the service schedule so you know when things need to be serviced or replaced, this is a Porsche, actually do them on time

-learn to replace simple things on the car yourself (headlights, brake pads, easily accessible engine components, the sorts of things that only take an hour or two at most)

-don't drive it hard if anything seems "off" (whether it be noises/vibrations or whatever)

-before driving hard, check the oil level, tire pressures, and ensure that the oil is up to temp (it might have a gauge, if not drive it around gently for a while (5-10 minutes) before revving the shit out of it)

-familiarize yourself with the handling limits of the car in a place where you can't smash into anything (doubly important if you live somewhere that gets snow)

-keep the inside and outside clean and protected, see /r/AutoDetailing (waxing the paint, treating leather etc.)

I'm going to need some peanut butter to go with all this jelly. Enjoy it.

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