Sometimes Getting Through Life Means Changing Up Your Ride
Back in the day, a brand-new Corvette in the driveway of the timid, middle-aged dentist next door was enough to provoke neighborhood whispers of that most American of nervous breakdowns: the mid-life crisis.
Now, of course, things are more nuanced. From increased acceptance of therapy to widespread adoption of the “treat yourself” lifestyle, the phenomenon of cracking gloriously under life’s pressures in full view of the neighbors seems more cliché than reality.
Then again, sometimes you just want to turn your back on practicality and roll in a super-hot ride just because you feel like it.
Fortunately, the newly coined quarter-life crisis means society no longer demands you wait until colonoscopy age to indulge your vehicular wild side. Even better, Fair gives you a handy way to land your personal baller car for the full length of your “me phase” while letting you hand it in whenever your FOMO-induced flirtation with your lost youth passes—no buyer’s remorse involved.
Here are some of the raciest rides in the Fair stable for your personal bout of four-wheeled self-help. Photos are general depictions and don’t refer to the model mentioned. Availability may vary based on credit, location and other factors. For more information, including about application and payments, see our FAQs.
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The current king of the racer-boy set, the high-output, high-performance Civic Type R is a Fast and the Furious-caliber screamer—perfect for outpacing that voice in your head reminding you that you’ve wasted huge chunks of your life tending to the mundane and meaningless. Sure, your back might creak every time you squeeze yourself in and out of its Recaro race seats. But the Type R’s gear-grinding manual transmission and the high-pitched exhaust from its three exhaust pipes will get you over it. Built to burn rubber and corner like an actual race car, the four-wheel-drive, 306-horsepower Type R has a ridiculous-looking wing and imposing aerodynamics. It’s nothing short of a turbocharged injection of youth.
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Porsche turned heads and infuriated diehards with the 2010 release of its super-distinctive, four-door Panamera, a polarizingly awesome grand-tourer that’s still distinctive as hell. Look at it as a Porsche 911 with two extra doors and surprisingly comfortable seats in back for two wild-eyed German businessmen who are pumped to join you on a midnight run to Vegas. The Panamera has all the intense handling capabilities of the rest of the Porsche family, not to mention four-wheel drive and 310 horsepower. Brand-new Panamera 4 models start at more than $90,000, but Fair’s got a wide range of opportunities to more affordably test out the slightly more family-friendly version of the machine Tom Cruise ditched in the lake in Risky Business.
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Looking to feel what it’s like to truly be the king of the road? You don’t get any brawnier or more braggadocious than the F-150, America’s top-selling pickup. A full-sized crew-cab with 4x4, a cargo box as big as a hot tub and more chrome than Robocop, the F-150 is a metal monster that will be the perfect wingman throughout your ride on life’s wild side. The back seat is probably the most comfortable you’ll find on any contemporary vehicle, and if you suddenly need to leave town, you can pack an entire apartment’s worth of belongings in the cab itself. The new, top-of-the-line Platinum edition would cost you nearly $75,000 at your local Ford dealer, but Fair offers you a way to sow your wild truck oats and not break the bank. Not macho enough for you? Upgrade to a heavy-duty F-250 or F-350, or go totally crazy with the Baja 1000-rated Raptor race truck.
Nothing is as instantaneously transformative as raw horsepower—especially when wrapped in an eye-searing orange paint color called “Go Mango.” It’s for these reasons and so many others that Dodge comes out as the winner in the ongoing, nouveau-muscle-car revolution. Evoking Dodge’s ultra-macho 1970s heritage, the Challenger will make you the talk of your cul-de-sac as your 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 roars to life in the morning. The Scat Pack offers a 485-horsepower version of the engine, meaning it’s no slouch whether you’re blazing the drag strip or merging onto the freeway. The Challenger is comfortable, though a bit on the basic side interior-wise, so focus your joy on its high-visibility build and performance—and prepare to get dirty looks from the neighbors.
Sure, you can get your open-air jollies with an ancient Miata or a roaring, soft-top Camaro, but nothing says “look at me” like a bright yellow Italian sports car. Alfa Romeo returned to the U.S. market a few years back and the small and brilliant 4C Spider is definitely a rare bird: exotic looks, high performance and an absolutely one-of-a-kind character. The 1960s Alfa Spiders were probably best remembered as Benjamin’s car in The Graduate. And if you’re looking to turn on and drop out after crashing someone else’s wedding, the new generation offers loads of head-turning fun. A 237-horsepower engine is all you need with a lightweight, canyon-carving machine designed for adventurous outings, while a removable cloth targa top promises to get you endless sunshine.
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Okay, so maybe your parents’ dentist neighbor was right about the ‘Vette. An American classic since the 1950s, Corvettes shed their ‘70s Boogie Nights-styled fiberglass grotesqueries and re-emerged in the 2010s as absolutely solid, blazingly fast sports cars that are also comfortable enough for boulevard cruising by retired Air Force pilots. Chevy brought back the storied “Stingray” name for this seventh-generation, 455-horsepower edition, complete with a power convertible top. An old-school V-8 provides it with searing speed, while its updated technology and intimidating width imbue it with both supreme gadgetry and scarily precise handling. This is how you live the American dream, my friend—with or without the random Tinder date.