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How The Car You Drive Impacts Image Vehicles
Reflect A Man’s Style Personality Perception [0:00:00] Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of
Real Men Real Style. Today, gentlemen, I’m going to be answering the question, “Does
the vehicle we drive have an effect on how other people perceive us?” Basically, do we
become what we drive? Does the vehicle that we own, does it send a signal that other people
pick up on and therefore, they form an opinion of us? Now, I’m going to base this off of a couple
of studies that I read, in addition, my own personal experience, but I would love to hear
from your gentlemen down in the comments based off of your experience, what you’ve read,
what you know about, what you’ve experienced, so I look forward to those comments. But before
we get into this, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. That way, these videos come right
to you. In addition, if you like this, if you find it useful, I’d appreciate the like. Okay, so this is the question that came in.
“Antonio, I’m a successful young man and I work in a pharmacy. I have a strong understanding
of dressing sharp, but the vehicle I drive is not pleasing to look at. Basically, it’s
an old, three-quarter ton Diesel pick-up truck. It’s loud, it smells, and whenever I drive
through town, I get kind of the evil eye from people. I’m wondering, is this holding me
back at work? Staff members or people that are my boss or higher up in the company to
me, are they going to think negatively of me based off of the vehicle I drive?” It’s a good question and something that for
his particular situation, to be honest, I don’t know if this vehicle is going to hold
him back. One of the big questions we’re going to ask is “Does it matter to everyone?” because
it doesn’t. However, there is a linked effect on the vehicle that we drive and how it affects
other people’s perceptions of us. One of the first studies was what I saw over
in Britain. This one, they surveyed almost 2000 people and they found that 57% of people
actually — and this is based on attractiveness. They said that they would rate a person as
more attractive or less attractive based off of the vehicle that they drove. They tested
a couple of other things. Twenty-one percent said they would rate a person as attractive
or less attractive based off of their job, 19% based off of confidence, 17% based off
of their intelligence, so 57% is pretty significant. So the vehicle that we drive, according to
that study — in addition, there was a 2011 study over at Temple University and they actually
ran a number of people through the ringer and they discovered that we do have an effect
or the vehicle we drive also has an effect on us and how we behave. They concluded from
that that yes, some of the assumptions we make about people and the vehicles they drive
actually is true, or in a sense, it statistically does have an effect. An example, you’re meeting me for the first
time. Say you’re in town, you’re in Wisconsin. You decide to meet Antonio up at the subway
next to his office. I pull up on a motorcycle, a Harley Davidson motorcycle versus what if
I pulled up in a minivan or if I pull up in an old, beat up Chevy pickup truck with a
big Texas grill. Now, I have owned all of those vehicles, two
of them I still own, by the way, but your perception of me — I know many of you guys
have probably watched me in my videos, so perhaps it’s going to be a bit skewed, but
if you were meeting me for the first time, if you see me pull up in a minivan, what do
you assume about me? That I’m probably going to drive the speed limit, that I have kids,
that I’m married. There are just things you’re going to want to assume there. If I show up on a motorcycle — but I don’t
have a Harley Davidson — I had a Sprint ST motorcycle. I don’t have that vehicle anymore,
but I have had a few cruisers and things like that. When I was riding motorcycles, I can
tell you that my perception of myself and who I was, was a bit different than it is
now. Nowadays, I don’t really ride bikes anymore. I’ve got kids and I want to live
to see them grow older, although I told my wife I’m going to get a bike as soon as my
kids are out of the house. But the point is oftentimes, the vehicle that we have does
have an effect on us. Now, a Chevy pickup truck, it’s very practical.
It makes sense. The grill, actually I did get that in Texas when I was stationed in
Corpus Christi and it’s been very useful up here. I hit a deer a couple of years back.
The thing just flew over to the side, no damage to my truck. Now, all of that had, people
form opinions when you see them based off of when they get out of that vehicle, whether
it’d be a work vehicle, whether it’d just be a simple vehicle. Let’s get down to the main point. Does it
matter to this gentleman? He’s a pharmacist. He works in a decent size town and he’s wondering
is this going to have a negative effect on his career. My thing is okay, who is seeing
you get in and out of this vehicle? If it’s a small company and if the people really know
you well, then I would say it’s not going to have much of an effect. They’re going to
judge you more based off your intelligence, your performance, and your ability to get
the job done. [0:04:53] However, if this is a larger company and perhaps
someone higher up or the person making the managerial decisions of where you’re going
to be placed in the company doesn’t deal with you on a day to day basis or you may
barely know, if they just know you as the guy that drives that Diesel truck that smells
and let’s say that they’re environmentalists and they’ve got a green thumb and they drive
a Prius, they may look at you as, “You know, this guy, I just feel that he just doesn’t
have the same values as me. I don’t want to see him move up in the company.” In that
case, it could have a negative effect. Now, there are certain industries in which
I would say the vehicle you drive is going to be actually pretty darn important. If you’re
in real estate, you’re driving somebody around town, you can bet the vehicle you drive, if
it smells, if it’s not clean, if it’s very impractical, if it’s got some bright colors
on it and they’re almost embarrassed to be inside of it, then yes, that’s going to affect
whether or not you’re going to close a sale, whether or not you’re going to get the deal. If you’re in sales and you’re showing up to
a client’s office and he looks out and you’re driving a $100,000 car and if you’re just
trying to lowball him on price, he’s going to wonder, “Well, what is this guy trying
to do? I can tell that he’s got money.” Understand that the vehicle you drive does send a message. Now, let’s talk about if it does matter to
you, what are the three things that you can do to in a sense mitigate it or to control
it? Well, the first thing we talked about is understanding it, but really maybe keeping
the vehicle simple. And so, if you’re going to keep the vehicle simple, what do I mean
by that? I mean non-offensive, so you don’t want to go with maybe a lime green color.
I just saw — was it a Camaro that’s for sale the other day, a big lime green. Sports car, lime green, I think that whoever
picks out that vehicle is definitely — I’m going to form an opinion of that person. If
you’re in sales, if you are in real estate, you’re probably not going to want to go with
that vehicle. In addition, think about something that is — the Prius, a number of years ago
when it first came out, a lot of people had an opinion of people that drove a Prius, the
same thing is you’re driving a dually pickup truck. Make sure that you’ve got a reason
for driving that and it has to make sense. First off, keep it simple. Second, keep it
clean. I was in a Mercedes the other day. It was 20 years old, a perfectly fine vehicle,
and it was kept immaculately clean. I had no negative perception. In fact, I just thought
that the person appreciated older vehicles and that they obviously took very care of
what they had, so no negative impression was formed. I’ve made a couple of assumptions
about the person, but by keeping your vehicle clean, that’s something that you can control
because I know not everyone out there can go out there and buy a new vehicle. Well, if you’ve got an older vehicle, keep
it clean. Also pay attention to all the details. If you’ve got a taillight that’s out, don’t
put tape — I mean temporarily, yes, you may have to put tape on it if it gets dinged up,
but get that thing replaced as soon as possible. A taillight that’s barely holding on is not
going to send the best first impression. Finally, point number there, keep it practical.
I talked about a dually pickup truck. If you grew up in West Texas and you’re moving around
trailers and you work on a farm or a ranch, sure, a dually makes sense; however, if you
live in a city and a dually is your truck moving in and around, it’s very difficult
to park that thing. It’s impractical and you have to wonder why you’re keeping this vehicle
around. Now, I know some of you guys — again, I’m not telling anyone to go out there and
buy a new vehicle, but I am saying understand that a message is being sent. That’s it. And for me, maybe you guys are
wondering, yes, I do own a minivan and I still own my almost 20-year-old Chevy pickup truck
with a big Texas grill on the front, and those probably send a message. However, I’m in the
comfortable position that most people don’t ever see me, don’t ever meet me in person,
and I’m not driving my vehicles out to conferences. I actually find that my vehicles are very
practical for what I do, so that’s why I have them. Take care, guys. I’ll see you in the next
video and I look forward to your opinions down in the comments. Take care. Bye-bye. [0:09:10] End of Audio

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  2. I am secure with my masculinity. I don’t need a fancy vehicle to prove my masculinity. The vehicle I drive isn’t to impress others. My vehicle is to get me from point A to point B. Just so you know I drive a 2010 Mazda 6. Before my vehicle was an 8 year old Miata. My sons told me it was a girls car. I didn’t care then or now, it was my sports car and a real thrill to drive. Would still have it but in 2010 I was going to have two total knee replacements and I was not sure I would be able to get in it and drive it afterwords. So I went to a sedan.

  3. Great life's lessons in your video. In fact, all your videos are filled with good, commonsense things that aren't so common any longer.

  4. Long ago, when I was in university, the hottest girl in school had a crush on me and I didn't know why. I didn't care and never asked her but she then confessed it was because she saw my playing soccer and saw my tattoo. We went out and made out and stuff, and she was trying to see my tattoo but I never showed her. Well I never had a tattoo anyways but she thought she had seen one, probably an undone thread from my jersey sticking to my arm. Women are strange creatures. That was when tattoos weren't as popular as now. What this means is that women don't care as much about the car you drive but about perceiving you as someone who takes risks and has his own ideas and beliefs.

  5. it also depends on what country you are in. in south-east asia (exluded japan and korea) the bigger the car. the better people would think of you. especially if you ride on an suv. lol

  6. Something to keep in mind with people buying old muscle cars and sports cars usually don't actually care what other people think of them they just want the car because it's fun

  7. I don't really care about the message my car sends out to the world, but I do care about the message sent to me by the bank when the money goes out because of the car installment debit order.

  8. We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't even like. Do not go into debt buying a car that depreciates this rapidly. I bought a brand new car on a loan and it has not improved my quality of life nor helped me in my career advancement. It was one of the most foolish mistakes of my life. Don't do it. There are plenty of options with used cars. Don't throw your money away.

  9. I purchased a 1998 BMW Z3 Roadster with a 1.9L engine a few months back that was brought up from California to Edmonton by a returning snowbird. Very happy with it, as it delivers good fuel economy, handles and rides well. Paid $8500 CDN for it. I drive normal, but my BMW brings out the worst in other drivers. Must be an OILberta thing ! Having more fun than I bargained for!

  10. Drove my original but slightly faded '70 Electra to an after work get together. A female coworker commented "You know, that car is really 'you' ". I replied with a smirk "What, you mean an outdated old relic?" She said "No, more like a rare handsome classic." Really liked that girl.

  11. Im shore that this guy didnt think about the fact that the sweater makes him look like he has really small hands. It reminds me of that cheese burger comercial, this guy had real small hands and needed some one else to hold his burger for him. I wonder how many people noticed that lol

  12. I drive a 98 civic and my buddies and co workers drive 2017-18 Hyundai's and mustangs etc and my car is the only one that's really that old. The oldest car in the parking lot may be a 2008 but anyways what makes me have passion for the car is the I'm different and I'm less vulnerable to gold diggers who likes cars amd money and the speakers in my trunk turns heads every where I go that makes me most happy and it's very cheap to maintain. God has blesses me to be different don't conform to what everyone else is doing or otherwise you'll become really miserable later on

  13. I am a security guard and I get a brand new Mercedes-Benz every three years. Please hold the applause.

  14. People do notice your car. I don’t care what any liberals say it does impact and say a lot about you. Drive the nicest car you can afford

  15. I feel like this could spark a lot of insecurity & anxiety. What if someone really likes a car that e.g. doesn't blend in & that makes him look bad? Well, you'd be kind of in a rut then..

  16. A car is a car period! I agree with keeping it clean. Don't let your paint go to hell. Maco charges $199.00 for a touch up.

  17. I have a windowless van I got for a good price. I've had several moron women make comments. I painted FREE CANDY on the side.

  18. I personally use public transit or walk when I'm able but in my opinion it's more about how well someone maintains their vehicle rather than the price, color etc.

  19. If a man builds a car from design sketch to painting and polishing it.
    THEN I would be impressed by him. Handing over money for a car can be done by any rich cretin

  20. If you are mid-career or later you need to buy a car that fits you. I am 48 and finally bought a car that I have always wanted and fits my sense of style. I like American Luxury and considered a Cadillac but I bought the Lincoln and I love it. I have gotten a lot of compliments on it.

  21. Well Mr. Antonio I drive a good looking blue and white 1992 F-150 so I don’t know how stylish that is but I get a lot of compliments on how nice my truck is

  22. In this economy, the only thing I assume about a minivan is that you have kids. Most people can't afford multiple vehicles to impress different people.

  23. I drive a 2003 Toyota Matrix. I have no car payment. My insurance is $45 a month. I spend about $60 a month in gas. When I was a young dumb idiot I drove a brand new Cadillac and my car payment was $1,179 a month not including insurance. I no longer belong to a part of society that judges me on my car.

  24. I drive a nice, but older Chevy 1-ton dually flatbed. I just love this truck. I have had a number of brand new trucks and cars, but this old truck just fits me. Plus, I help my g/f on her horse ranch a lot, so I use it to haul hay and all sorts of things, so it's practical for me.

  25. I drive a truck and I do get mean looks like it’s wrong that I’m driving a big truck that I use for landscaping

  26. I drive a Sexy Beauty of a car. I see people stairing a hell of alot & think "What are they Looking at'' then i forget im driving a Nice ride i take hella care of. I live in a City where the Wipe game ''Car game'' is very important. I have gotten ultra use too people telling Me, ''Hey thats a Nice Car you'' or Looking & being lowkey Jealous, its Mainly a compliment to My Hard work i do keeping it up. I dont care what folks think, But My Car is a family member I fucking care deeply for.

  27. Here for the plethora of “money doesn’t matter ur hart does.” Comments. Please if money doesn’t matter your family doesn’t eat sooooooooo don’t ever say money doesn’t matter in this lifetime it does. Until you DIE, bills don’t stop. Tell your doctor money doesn’t matter when you show up to the hospital broke.

  28. In California most minivan drivers very inconsiderate. Then again California drivers tend to be selfish, rude, and over all terrible drivers. In layman's terms, Californians drive like ASSHOLES.

  29. Some one pulls up in a new car they're just another penny millionaire who sold his soul to the banker. Pull up in an old vehicle it's probably paid for. Just my two cents.

  30. I drive a blacked out Audi S5, and you know what….. People love me and hate me for it…. 🖕🏾 fuck em. It makes me happy and complete

  31. Real men don't give much attention of what others think. All it matters what is decent and ofcourse, what spouse like.

  32. Im a car enthusiast so i admire when i see a nice car but i could careless what car someone is driving it doesn't define who they are or who there trying to perceive i don't judge people based on what they drive i believe you should have a decent clean car that runs properly.

  33. Unless you drive a loud car, expensive car, or a sports/super car or even a car like a wrx that looks sporty or a big truck then I don’t think anybody cares

  34. I see humility (the right kind!) if my boss drives a car more understated than mine or if a successful businessman drives a VW Passat station wagon instead of the Aston Martin he could easily afford.

  35. I live in Texas, if you drive a pickup…your good ! Any style, any size! Tell this guy to tell his wife to give his wee-wee back!

  36. Who the fuck is this guy to tell anyone about being a "real man"? Just look at the tacky sweater and bad haircut.

  37. #1 reason to choose the vehicle: Enjoy the drive. For me, that means 20 years old is a very young vehicle and generally too modern for my liking. I deliberately drive vintage to show I don't buy cars by the usual criteria: driver aids, electronics, efficiency, newness etc. I don't care about any of those things. I also drive for the unexpected factor and some of my car history has been:
    25-y-o Ferrari to learn in and do pizza delivery
    30+ y-o limousine for town driving and long-drive comfort (I used to drive much bigger vehicles for work, so found it very practical and easy to drive, where others wouldn't)
    And my favourite. My 1986 Ford Capri. I've owned her so long, public opinion has changed greatly over that period from being seen as a worthless skip to a cherished classic worth more than many new cars, and with zero depreciation.

  38. 9:10 minutes of my life I will never get back. If the type of car you drive has any effect on your sales, you’re a pretty shitty salesman. Drive whatever car you want, you live your life to enjoy yourself.

  39. So I shouldn't pull up to my job running a night shift at a restaurant in a old loud LS swapped El Camino? It will still have more simplicity then these cafe standards popped out things we call cars these days

  40. I drive a Toyota Hilux 2009, I don't care what people say too, it survived many floods and muds, it holds my precious memories of my families in there too, everyone can choose what car they personally like, don't let brands take over our mind and become a fetish just because we've seen it before among the riches who make it like a way of life, everyone just need to figure out what works best for them, someone's image impacted by a car is just a first impression, no girls gonna stay for good with a jerks or playboys with fancy cars

  41. Which one you choose ?

    Guy with JDM Supra.
    Guy with Aston martin.
    Guy with 30 years old box.
    Guy with soccer mom suv.
    Guy with Badass F-150.

  42. What do you recommend I do if I work in a corporate office but own a F250 diesel with a noisy exhaust? So far I have yet to bring it to work and have used my mothers car but I sure miss driving my truck. I don't try to drive it loud but I often hear from people tell me they heard me a mile away before I got there. The 6.0 powerstroke has a sound that likes to travel especially with that turbo when you have a 4 inch straight pipe.

  43. People will look at a Lamborghini next to My mustang and think that the Lamborghini is way faster but despite looks, my foxbody would outrun that Lamborghini in the quarter mile. As car guys we don’t care what people think of our cars

  44. It's like, Saab owners are weird, Volvo owners are OCD, Mitsubishi owners are brilliant, Chevy owners are down to Earth, Dodge owners are big kids, BMW 335i Hardtop Convertible owners are desperate and insecure, Mercedes S-Class owners are empty inside, Mercedes E-Class owners are successful and secure, male Porsche Cayenne owners are 'deeply closeted', Impala owners know what's up… I could go on.

  45. It makes a difference, people judge u on what car u drive,that's a known fact.however the type car depends on what u do for a living,,realtor, a luxury car, farmer a big f150 truck u get the since of what I. Saying it matters!

  46. I used to drive a black on red Maserati Gran Turismo and a simple plain 2015 plug-in hybrid Prius. In both cars, I am the fastest driver on the road. Despite my driving habits, people would go out of their way to allow me to go in front of them and so down for me while I was driving the Maserati. In my Prius, even drivers with minivans would cut me off.

  47. I drive a Acura RSX with a type r spoiler. People always assumed that I'm part of a underground street racing gang and give me a disturbed face when they look at me

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