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5 signs you’re just too obsessed with your car

If you've ever sat down and wondered if it's normal to love your car as much as you do, it's probably not. Then again, if your car is the biggest and most expensive thing you own, wanting to look after it, take pictures of it and share your life with it is understandable. Right? Guys?

Here's how to tell if you're head over wheels

  1. Spending more on your car than yourself

    You look at your banking app and have the sudden realisation that most of your cash goes on spoiling your baby rather than looking after yourself.

    Your wallet contains a £100 receipt from Halfords and a £38.75 receipt from your big shop at Tesco. But you don't care. You'd rather make sure your car is given the best oil money can buy than feed yourself for the month.

    There's always that emergency Mars bar in the glovebox to keep you going anyway.

    Spending money on your car
  2. You'll happily cancel plans

    It's great to have plans, but it's even greater when you don't have to actually fulfil them. You already decided on Monday that you were going to spend the whole weekend grooming your car, but your mates have inconveniently invited you out. UGH.

    You're secretly mega annoyed but you know you'll need to concoct a better excuse than "I was planning on buffing Fiona all day long." What you do in your own time is personal.

  3. Someone else using your car gives you anxiety

    The words "Can I borrow the car this evening?" literally make you want to grab your keys and run. You know that Dad won't drive as carefully as you and you resent the fact you have to submit your pride and joy to the mercy of a man who thinks your first car should "take a few dings."

    car anxiety

    You also don't really have a choice as your old man did help you out with paying for the insurance. BUT it doesn't stop you pining by the window until the car is back in its safe spot on the left side of the drive, away from your mum's rusting wheelbarrow of a 4x4. She never did have great parking skills.

    Now, just need to move the seat back to its EXACT POSITION, hoover out the biscuit crumbs (😭) and inspect the car from top to bottom for any scratches.

  4. You can't stop snapping

    You're like a new mum with her first-born. Every time you look at your car you get an uncontrollable urge to reach for your phone and take a quick snap. Look at it. So perfect. So innocent.

    And let's face it: the main reason you keep your car so clean anyway is so you can show it off on Insta - nothing to do with selling it down the line.

    This is all fine and dandy. I mean, photography and cars are both hobbies. Except it does get a bit awkward when your mate tries to take a nice group shot on your phone and you've used up all your storage on car pics. Ermmm, about that.

  5. You can't keep your eyes off it

    Parking your car far away is just not an option for you. Not because you don't want the walk (you've almost forgotten how to do it) but because you need to be able to see your car at ALL times.

    You're already late for your restaurant booking and the car park has several spaces but none of them will do. You're after the one at the front. The one next to the manager's space where you're guaranteed to still see your precious from any table.

    Your friends have suffered this rigmarole so many times that they now just suggest grabbing food from a drive-thru instead. Um, what? Grease? Mayonnaise? Burger juice??!?!???!!?!?!!

    watching your car

    It's like they don't even know you at all.

We know you feel like it's an everlasting love but we'll just leave our advice on buying a used car here... Just in case.


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Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.