Hi! I'm Amaryllis, and I'm OBSESSED with cars. Some people like sports, others get lost in slime videos on Instagram, but I love a good car. From the boxiest Jeep Wrangler to the sleekest Tesla to the adorably quirky '80s VW Cabriolet, I love cars in all shapes and sizes. I wouldn't call it a hobby, because, well, cars are pretty expensive and I definitely don't trust myself working on one...but I like looking at pictures of cars! And reading about cars! And watching Top Gear! And imagining myself behind the wheel of a convertible! Fancy cars are kinda my weakness... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via GIPHY I've always said that if I were to win the lottery, the first thing I'd buy would be a couple of fancy, expensive cars. Definitely a black Porsche 911. For running errands, I'd get a Volvo S60 (I'd need something practical, too). Yes, I realize that this is a HIGHLY unlikely situation, but I've already planned it down to the most minute details. If it ever happens, I'll be ready. But, seeing as I'm neither an heiress nor independently wealthy, fancy cars are nothing more than a distant fantasy. The Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet? That'll run you a little over $100,000. And a new Volvo S60, for all it's Swedish practicality, costs about $35,000. Not to mention insurance and maintenance. Maybe I have an unknown relative looking to displace a large fortune?? If you're out there, secretly-rich aunt or uncle, and you see this post, DM me! And as much as I love researching cars and living vicariously through the Top Gear guys, I decided that it just wasn't enough Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via GIPHY Reading about luxury-brand vehicles has always made me wonder what it would be like to own one. If you've ever read Car and Driver, then you, too, have probably marveled at how many adjectives can be used to describe a car: "heroic," "zesty," "poised," just to name a few. But, word choice aside, would a luxury sedan really be that much better than my own car? Would it be worth the money? I've always wanted to see how the other half drives, but my current financial situation poses a slight problem. I could trade in my current car, liquidate all of my assets, AND sell an organ...and I still wouldn't have enough money to purchase a luxury sedan. But test driving? That's free! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via GIPHY So, in a moment of uncharacteristic boldness on a rare day off, I headed to my local BMW dealership to test drive the new 320i, highly rated by Car and Driver. On my way there, I felt a little uncomfortable about my plan--salespeople work at dealerships to, well, sell, and I certainly wasn't in any position to buy. I also figured the test drive would be akin to eating one slice of a really delicious pizza only to have the rest of the pizza snatched away. Once it ended, I'd have to return to my clunker. Forever.But I was already halfway to the dealership AND this was something I've always wanted to experience, so I chalked it up to "research" and talked myself back into the test drive. Everything was beautiful and shiny and I immediately felt like I didn't belong here Even though I had donned my best rich lady disguise (i.e. clean, not-wrinkled clothes plucked fresh from my closet instead of off the floor), I was TERRIFIED walking into the dealership. Would they know I wasn't here to buy a car? Would they send me away?? But I drummed up enough confidence to pull off a somewhat authoritative swagger. Seriously, though...so shiny I felt like I would smudge everything just by looking at it. Walking through the showroom was nothing less than HARROWING. Fortunately, I came prepared Via caranddriver.com I figured the best way to play this would be to walk in and know EXACTLY what I wanted to drive, so I did some research before going to the dealership. I met the salesman, shook his hand, and told him straight-up that I wanted to test drive the new 320i. He took a copy of my driver's license and from there we went to inspect the inventory.Of course, I tripped on my own feet as we walked out to the lot. Smooth. The salesman was a super nice guy, though, and seemed unfazed by my apparent nervousness. But once I got behind the wheel... All I can say is...WHOA. I felt like a new woman. The salesman gave me an overview of all the specs, which went straight over my head, tbh. I was too busy geeking over the fact that I was ABOUT TO DRIVE A BMW. But what I do remember is that this thing has it all...heated steering wheel, navigation, and even a sensor that lights up when a car is in your blind spot. If you try to change lanes and you can't see the car, the steering wheel will vibrate. SO cool. The car could turn on a dime and it was the smoothest ride I had ever experienced. I went over a pothole and heard it but didn't feel it. It became clear to me that when you buy a luxury sedan, you're paying for something that is expertly engineered. I had no idea cars could feel THIS good--I wanted to punch the gas pedal, or take a super sharp turn and drift like they do in Top Gear, but I don't think the BMW guy would've let me... Then I kinda started freaking out The driver in front of me stopped abruptly and I slammed on the brakes. My head started spinning. What would happen if I wrecked this very, very expensive car? Who would pay for it? Would I have to pay for it? WHY DID I THINK THIS WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA??The BMW guy was also the nicest salesman I have ever met in my entire life, y'all. Seriously. We had the best conversation, he was patient with me and wasn't too pushy. I know what you're thinking...he's a SALESMAN, it's his job to win you over. But he really seemed like a genuinely nice guy, and the guilt started to kick in, because I knew he wouldn't be getting a commission. All these complicated feelings aside, I'm so glad I satisfied my curiosity It was really hard to return to real life because I knew I'd probably never drive a car like this ever again. However, for someone who geeks out over cars like I do, this experience was incredible. Everything from the interior to the exterior was so perfectly tuned and it was just SO easy to drive. No rattling or unsettling clanking, no weird smell, no troubling transmission issues (like my car). The test drive affirmed my obsession and made me want to learn even more about the mechanics. Would I test drive again? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via GIPHY Hm. That's a big maybe. Just because I'm still feeling guilty about not being able to buy the car. It's a big world with so many interesting and innovative cars out there, and I'd like to be able to drive those. But I'll probably give it a while before I test drive another one...I don't want to be known as that girl who shows up to every dealership in town, asks for a test drive, and then doesn't buy anything. And are these kinds of cars worth it? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via GIPHY As much as I LOVE cars, I acknowledge that 99% of us use them simply to get from point A to point B. The reality is that a new car isn't a great investment because it'll lose its value the minute you drive it off the lot. So most of us would be better off without a luxury sedan. If you're looking for practicality, dependability, and a car that's suitable for strenuous commutes, consider a Prius. Overall, I had a blast. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via GIPHY Happy driving!!