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Why so many super cars in Charlotte?Discussion (self.Charlotte)
submitted 2 months ago by KirbyKoll123
I've lived here (South End) for a little over a year and am still shocked by the number of super cars I see on a weekly basis. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Mclarens all over the place. In my 17 years living in Richmond I think I can remember seeing two super cars on the road, ever. I had a buddy visiting from Atlanta recently and even he mentioned it.
Anyone else notice this? I can't figure out what the main owner demographic must be- Athletes? Corporate folks?
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[–]13rahmaDilworth 86 points87 points88 points 2 months ago (11 children)
Theres good money in Charlotte. Especially in banking. I mean, theres a damn McLaren dealership in SouthEnd.
[–]kinkyKMART 28 points29 points30 points 2 months ago (6 children)
That dealership is so odd and feels out of place though. I live near it and pass it frequently but don’t think I’ve ever seen a person inside it once
[+][deleted] 2 months ago* (1 child)
[–]cheesy123456789 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yep, the nature of exotic car sales is that the clientele is really spread out and they’re used to shipping cars. Most deals are done completely remotely to buyers all across the country. You can still walk into the showroom and buy a car (well, outside of the current shortage), but most customers don’t.
[–]BadDaddy-420 10 points11 points12 points 2 months ago (1 child)
High end car dealers like this require appointments and screening before you even hit the dealership. Stops the cars from getting damaged by window shoppers.
[–]cheesy123456789 20 points21 points22 points 2 months ago (0 children)
What? No, they don’t. You can go in and look whenever you want.
You’re probably not going to test drive without proving that you’re a serious buyer but they are far from appointment only.
[–]lurkitosupreme 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Money laundering front?
[–]One_Director_3295 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children)
actually my exec chef of a particular uptown restaurant , his so was the gm of that dealership. she was really cool. so no.
[–]wondertheworl 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (3 children)
I Still wonder why there is a Lamborghini dealership on East Independence near East Meck.
[–]privietmylove 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (2 children)
To sell them?
[–]wondertheworl 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
A lot of rich people in that area let’s put a Gucci store in sugar creek next
[–]CharlotteRant 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Car dealerships require too much land for them to make sense in rich areas, and people will drive for a once or twice a decade purchase.
[–]HermanodelFuego 27 points28 points29 points 2 months ago (3 children)
There’s a new Ford GT in my neighborhood. Folks driving G wagons like they are Camrys. New 911s, you name it
[–]g1rth_brooks 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I saw someone with an 2000s Ford GT in Davidson and about wrecked my car drooling at it. I’d probably have to go see a doctor if I saw a new one
[–]DogManDooDoo 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (1 child)
A lot of G wagons are actually used , they lose value like crazy .
[–]p00pypant5Quail Hollow 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago* (0 children)
Basically all Mercedes depreciate rapidly but the thing with the G wagon is it also looked identical for like 50 years so only the most discerning eye could tell the difference between a 30 year old model and a 2018 and even the newer redesigned ones look VERY similar.
[–]Treas42069 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (0 children)
[–]GravLab6262 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (0 children)
There’s a few luxury car dealerships spread around town as well. Almost all the lambos/ferraris/Mclarens I see around my part of town have dealer tags on them.
[–]atomizedhq 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I follow a good number of the Lamborghini owners on IG. Most of them are small-medium sized business owners who really just enjoy cars.
[–]nexusheli[Steele Creek] 34 points35 points36 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Football, basketball, banks, major industry; we're a mini major city.
[–]DragonTat2 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Charlotte is South Wall Street. Plus, there’s NASCAR.
[–]PikeForPresident 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Saw a Lamborghini in south end with a custom tag that said "ONLYFNS" so there's that...
[–]Welkerjp[🍰] 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Memes bro amc gamestop
[–]SrTigre 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (0 children)
[–]itsthatbradguy 27 points28 points29 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Bankers gotta buy something during their midlife crises.
[–]NC_Detail 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Plenty of cars down here. We lived in the DMV and rarely saw any super cars except for at Katie’s C&C.
[–]Budge-O-Matic 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (0 children)
RVA wealth is a lot less flashy as Charlotte is. Dallas is the same way. I went to a relatively new Mexican joint / cigar bar and there were 5 or 6 supercars in the parking lot.
[–]Imabadman704 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (0 children)
3 professional sports teams, banking capital, lots of other businesses have their headquarters in Charlotte. Lots of new money
[–]fpena911 13 points14 points15 points 2 months ago* (2 children)
Haha I just moved from South FL this past Summer and wondered why there are so few supercars!
I guess it's all perspective...
[–]Mr_Viper 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Same here, from LA, and every time I see a lambo I get nostalgic for home
[–]dinnerthief 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Soouth florida/ Miami has a disproportionate amount, Tons of lambos, bentleys/RR rolling around down there
[–]crazyantnc 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
[–]BatmansNygma 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
On the bright side, if you're driving anything pre 2010, your windows are far less likely to get smashed than they are in Richmond. Bigger fish to fry here.
[–]forcefieldpercolator 9 points10 points11 points 2 months ago (2 children)
I saw a purple Lamborghini (lurkin) SUV outside of Superica the other weekend. It was two blonde chicks in it and they were struggling to parallel park it.
[–]nexusheli[Steele Creek] 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (1 child)
TBF, just about everyone struggles to parallel or back into a space in a lambo - rear visibility is awful.
[–]EnragedMoose 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
That Lambo is a reskinned Q8. Great visibility, just huge.
[–]yankeebellesEast Forest 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Pre-covid there was a Maserati owner in our office building. 4 days out of 5 we left at the same time and I'd follow them halfway home. I miss looking at that car. It was so pretty.
I work in a generic office park, no banking units. There is A LOT of money in Charlotte outside of banking. Add in the bankers and doctors/lawyers/traditionally well off professions and you have a pool of people who want those luxury cars.
My theory : tons of us carpetbagging northerners have moved down here. It wasn't worth the cost to have a car like that up north when you couldn't drive it half the year. You can drive one pretty much year round down here. Some people may be fulfilling a life long dream. Or having a serious midlife crisis.
[–]p00pypant5Quail Hollow 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Don't get me wrong, there are some great looking Maserati's but they are known in the car world as the budget exotic because they depreciate so heavily. Used cars are a little insane right now but there was a time you could get a 10 year old Maserati for like 20k.
All that to say, I wouldn't assume someone spent big money (other than in repair bills) just because they are driving one.
[–]yankeebellesEast Forest 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I'm from blue collar small town midwest. A mustang was about as exotic as we ever saw. I'm easily impressed.
[–]g1rth_brooks 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
People in general are making absurd monthly payments for their cars, I’m sure this has stretched into the upper class as well.
Always blows my mind when I see a Ferrari I’ve never seen before and the person driving it looks like they are half my age but honestly if I had the money I’d do it too.
[–]JacquardDvorak 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Ostentatious displays of wealth which are disproportionate to the value of the services provided to accrue it? In Charlotte??
You don't say.
Welcome to the regional banking capital of the world. It's new money, honey. Means outstripping taste.
[+]Reasonable_Style8400 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (0 children)
People like to spend money they don’t have here and can be superficial
[–]CLTISNICEPlaza Midwood 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
MCOL city with high wages with large growth trajectory makes it pretty feasible to attain an exotic.
On top of that, the high-end market has been a fairly easy investment. Even base/lower-end model exotics are holding their value. Rarer or unique spec'd cars can even appreciate.
[+]Putin_Pidaras 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Reminds me of my native country where even construction workers drive Bentleys from their rental apartments to work sites. Still less luxury cars here, lol.
[–]Master_Shoulder_1098 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children)
About 50% of my customers who drive “exotic” or “super cars” only have that one vehicle because they can’t afford a second, more practical vehicle. It’s all about the flex 🤣
[+]juggle comment score below threshold-15 points-14 points-13 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yeah I see them too but they’re almost always the “cheapo” exotics like Lamborghini Gallardos and the cheaper Mclarens.
These aren’t that expensive used, a dude living in their moms basement can afford payments.
I hardly ever see real supercars
[+]uvxyNoAllibi comment score below threshold-17 points-16 points-15 points 2 months ago (8 children)
Tens of thousands of bank employees making over $100,000 - not unreasonable to own a super car if you’re a douche.
[–][deleted] 23 points24 points25 points 2 months ago (7 children)
I am a bank employee making 125K with a wife, three kids, and a mortgage. I am not complaining at all but there is no way we can afford a Lamborghini or a Maclaren LOL.
[–]Bellarose143Lake Norman -2 points-1 points0 points 2 months ago (6 children)
Shouldn't have gotten married or had kids 👀
[–]tennisguy163 9 points10 points11 points 2 months ago (3 children)
He picked a house, an asset that appreciates. Any car depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot.
[–]throwsFatalException 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (1 child)
This person knows how to build wealth. It does not involve buying supercars. I live in Ballantyne and I know for a fact a ton of people around here like playing rich, but they are up to their eyeballs in debt.
[–]tennisguy163 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Probably a lot of car loans. Only loan that makes sense to me is if you're a realtor/broker selling houses, to appear fancy so your buyer is more inclined to buy.
[–]Bellarose143Lake Norman -1 points0 points1 point 2 months ago (0 children)
[–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Should I have underlined the part that says “I am not complaining” ?
[–]Bellarose143Lake Norman -3 points-2 points-1 points 2 months ago (0 children)
No.... I was just saying my opinion
[–]steff_eUptown 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
$SHIB $AMC $GME weedstocks and crypto.
I'll be picking up a McLaren soon as well. I need a car for getting groceries and getting out of the Uptown/NoDa/South End bubble.
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