Ben Ripstein, president of Midwest Motors, Inc., an exotic car dealership in Illinois, has been a car fanatic since owning his first car, a 1985 Chevy Cavalier. Over time, Ben Ripstein’s interest shifted to luxury cars such as the Viper GTS, Lotus Elise, and Mercedes E63 AMG. His extensive knowledge of these cars allowed him to purchase luxury vehicles at bargain prices, quickly earning him the title of the “car guy” among his friends and family.
In today’s world, luxury cars are no longer a commodity only for the rich and famous, as they are available to many middle-class individuals at prices below $40,000. The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is one example. With a 3.7-liter engine, the Infiniti Q50 gets 30 miles per gallon on the highway and comes with adaptive steering, reverse and blind-spot safety features, a dual-touchscreen entertainment console, personal assistant service, and automatic collision notification. Also getting 30 miles per gallon, the 2014 Lexus IS offers a rear-wheel-drive sport package, heated front seats, aluminum pedals, and dual-zone climate control.
The 2014 Audi A5 gets slightly better mileage at 32 miles per gallon and comes with all-wheel drive, three-zone climate control, leather seats, and Bluetooth wireless capability for the entry price of $39,000. While it does not come with some luxury features such as Drive Select, the Audi A5 still brings a sense of luxury without the high price tag.