Buying Guide

What Is An “Exotic” Car, And What Makes Them Special?

Rarity + Quality = Exotic

Even among car geeks, there’s some disagreement as to what exactly constitutes an exotic car. Does it need to be from another country? Are limited edition cars from big manufacturer’s considered exotic, or is the designation only for small, boutique manufacturers? Do exotic cars necessarily have to be good cars, or could you say that the Citroen Pluriel, for example, is an exotic car because of its rarity over here in North America?

There is a lot of conflicting opinion (after all, most of the discussion is happening over the internet, which isn’t exactly known for its peaceful agreements) but most people agree that rarity and quality are the two main defining features. Lots of people point to Lamborghini or Ferrari as benchmarks of the exotic car, which might seem to suggest that it’s more often foreign cars that are exotic, but most people would also agree that a Dodge Viper (an American made car) is exotic. As Canada’s best exotic car dealership we at AUTO ONE Group feel like we have the definition, and it’s not far off from the consensus: rarity + quality = exotic.

Let’s look at a few examples. Ferrari is routinely one of the first brands that comes to people’s minds when they think of an exotic car, and it’s because their quality is nearly unparalleled (you’ll notice that a lot of exotic brands also make racing cars), and their production numbers are relatively small compared to other car manufacturers. Their Ferrari 458 comes with a direct fuel injection V8 engine, dual-clutch 7-speed Getrag gearbox, reaching a huge top speed of 340km/h and a 0-60mph of just under three seconds. Pair that with the fact that it looks like a supercar, with its sloping aerodynamic design, and you’ve got a bona fide exotic car. You can watch this Top Gear clip to get a good sense of why people love this car.

Or take the oft-mentioned Lamborghini as an example. As the leading exotic car leasing specialists in Toronto we’ve sourced a number of “Lambos” for people, who are always blown away by how they perform. These slick, fast and futuristic cars are born out of Lamborghini’s tireless concept car development. Their current Huracán, for example, was named supercar of the year by Top Gear, owing in large part to its impressive 5.2 L naturally aspirated Audi/Lamborghini V10 engine and a 0-60 of 2.5 seconds.

These cars are obviously not easy to find, nor, for most, are they all that easy to afford. But if you give us a call here at AUTO ONE Group, we can help with both those problems. With our exotic vehicle sourcing one of our sales reps will meet you for a consultation, after which they’ll work diligently to find you a number of choices based on the criteria you give. And as for the price tag, once they’ve found the exotic car you want, they’ll work with you to create a custom lease (or sales or finance option) to make sure you can afford it. Because our leases work on in-house capital, we’re able to offer the best possible leases out there.

Whether your idea of an exotic car matches ours, you’ll be able to find exactly what you want. There is absolutely no shortage of amazing cars out there – from BMW, Mercedes, Audi and the luxury lot, to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and the more “exotic” type – and we’re determined to help you drive one. Come visit our dealership today and let us know: what do you think of when you think of an exotic car?


Trying To Lead A More Flexible Life? Try Leasing!

Be An Easy Rider

For many, New Year’s resolutions may now be only a distant memory – you aren’t working out every single day as you might’ve hoped, and that salad-only diet lasted less than a week. But the broader goals are often the ones that tend to stick with us, and one of the more popular “big” goals around the turn of a new year is to try and be more flexible.

But what does that mean, being “more flexible”? Well, it means that you’re not as locked in to doing things a certain way, not as bogged down by meaningless long-term responsibilities, and that you remain more open to all the possibilities life has to offer. It’s not an especially easy resolution to implement, but at least as far as your vehicle is concerned, leasing AUTO ONE Group luxury cars can help a great deal.

When you go the traditional route of buying your car, you’re locked into that responsibility for, on average, about seven years. That’s a long time to be stuck with the same vehicle, especially given the rapid advances being made in the automotive industry these days. And when those seven years are up, you’re tasked with having to sell that vehicle, often for a small fraction on what you initially paid. If you grow tired of your vehicle, or you just start seeing new cars on the road that you’d rather drive, there’s not much you can do about it. As you can see, it’s a pretty inflexible setup.

Leasing, on the other hand, is perfect for those wanting to maintain an “open relationship” (to use some contemporary parlance) with your car. With a lease here at AUTO ONE Group, you’re only entering a short-term commitment, after which you are free to buy the car (if you’ve grown attached to it), walk away (if you’ve decided this whole “driving” thing isn’t for you) or, as many people do, lease another, newer, better car. A lot of people choose the third approach because it allows them to frog leap from new car to new car, always driving the automobile world’s cutting edge offerings for the same price (or lower) that it would’ve cost to buy. That’s what a flexible setup looks like!

Speaking of flexible, here at AUTO ONE Group we don’t subscribe to a one-lease-fits-all policy, instead working hard to tailor-make a leasing plan that works for you and your lifestyle. No matter your income or tastes, we’ll work to ensure that you’re seated in the absolute best car for the absolute best price. You can chat with our representatives and lease experts about make, model, lease term and excess mileage, in order to craft the perfect deal for you. Driving a nice car shouldn’t mean that you enter some rigid agreement; we keep things as flexible as possible for you.

And we understand that life changes. You might take up work somewhere else, or have a child. Leasing allows for much greater flexibility in these endeavours – your lease term is short, meaning that leaving the city isn’t as big of a deal as it would be if you’d bought; and once the lease term is up, if you’ve added a member to the family, you can easily upgrade to a four-door SUV. We’re out to make sure that you get a flexible, fun, affordable lease, and you can learn about our dealership as well as our lease program highlights in the link provided, to get a better sense of who we are.

Life isn’t always flexible. Work might make you come in on one of your off-days, and the doctor might make you cut down on salt. But at least as far as your vehicle is concerned, you know that everything will be free and easygoing.