Drivers are divided into two general types, a gearhead (car geek) or a car noob, and Philkotse.com reveals how they relate.
Most articles we’ve had so far are about cars, so why not about the people behind those cars for a change? There are different kinds of car owners that can be found, especially in a car-crazy country such as ours. Read on find out who they are.
There are two types of car people, which are akin to two tribes with two different languages. If cars could talk, they would be able to pick up every purr and squeak. First, you have the gearhead, a car nerd or geek who would sooner be talking to his car than conversing with his significant other.
There are two types of car people, which are akin to two tribes with two different languages
It does happen, and their cars tend to get better overall treatment as well! Second is the car noob, the gearhead’s complete opposite and whose very limited understanding of cars makes him a target of unscrupulous mechanics and others all too eager to exploit his naivete.
Each time a gearhead or car noob is within close proximity of each other, it’s like the discovery of lost tribes. But how exactly are gearheads and car noobs world apart?
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One might ask what makes any gearhead special and why they are like “car whisperers”, who seem to have an innate, almost supernatural understanding, of any car.
The typical gearhead has distinct advantages when it comes to cars; these guys know their cars and are well-versed in everything that has four wheels and a combustion engine.
Gearheads are into cars, that much is certain; they love to check them out, especially under the hood. Many of them are into the tuning scene, eager to know what the hottest must-have modifications are and where to get them.
Gearheads are into cars, that much is certain; they love to check them out, especially under the hood
Information on cars, from the oldest classics to the newest releases, will interest any gearhead, and they’ll readily assimilate this into their glossary of car knowledge.
Gearheads have more than a basic understanding of how cars run and other relevant car functions, from reflashing an ECU chip to the best way of achieving that mad negative camber. Not only that, but they can informally troubleshoot car issues too, which is why they’re the next best thing to the neighborhood mechanic.
Countless films such as “Gone In 60 Seconds” and the “Fast and the Furious” franchise have featured high-performance cars, and gearheads find inspiration in them, knowing how to manage cars and car-related problems that car noobs won’t know anything about.
Every gearhead loves movies that showcase a high-performance car
These are the luckiest of gearheads because they got hands on, the most coveted cars and have the privilege of owning them. When Sunday drives are a staple; they take pleasure from driving beautiful cars.
If any gearhead can afford to buy and equip a home workshop for upgrading and fixing up; custom cars for business or a hobby that is fulfilling for them. For them; having grease and parts that become moving masterpieces of automotive art is satisfying!
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Compared to gearheads, car noob will have different priorities when it comes to cars. Car noobs are lucky in a way because their limited knowledge makes them easily satisfied in contrast to gearheads.
Using a food analogy, gearheads would be burgers with extra cheese and lettuce, while car noobs would settle for being a simple patty with just cheese and ketchup on a bun. Car noobs may be easy to please in the meantime, but with enough effort and interest, even a car noob can transform into a gearhead.
Okay, here is where car noobs really need to get their act together, especially when it comes to spending for things like repairs and maintenance. They can be seriously clueless and can be easily sweet-talked into paying for accessories and procedures they don’t need.
Car noobs generally don’t have a clue when it comes to cars
These guys are easy to please and aren’t picky about their ride, and especially couldn’t care less about the features, whether it’s a high-end luxury car or an econobox. The most that might matter to them would probably be deciding which car has good air-conditioning has a comfortable ride.
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On online forums, car noobs couldn’t care less about which car does something better over a competing model; their only concern is fuel efficiency and when the next maintenance schedule is. For everything else, they just depend on their trusted mechanic.
Car noobs don’t waste time arguing about features and other car topics
Gearheads understand technical jargon. On the other hand, car noobs might as well be looking at every word as if it were a hieroglyph; for them, all that matters is that the car is running well again after every maintenance or repair appointment. In a way, car noobs are living in bliss.
Think of any forum in which gearheads and car noobs would just stare at each other, without so much as talking about where to get aftermarket lug nuts. At most, they might agree over the rising cost of fuel, but other than that, they would just go about their merry ways.
Car noobs just take the wheel and drive
After going over this primer about gearheads and car noobs, where would you classify yourself? Whether you belong to the former or the latter, the important thing is that we’re all part of a community that’s bigger than our differences and that we all get to where we’re supposed to go.