With Mega Millions fever at a, well, fever pitch today, it’s tempting to fantasize over what you’d do with the $330-plus million jackpot if you won. Among the many items on the list of potential expenditures, perhaps a car would slot in there somewhere – probably after sound financial planning (so you’d have something substantial and not just blow your dough). With money no object, really, what car would you consider buying first – assuming you a) bought a Lotto ticket, b) win, and c) put a car on your potential buy list?
No, this isn’t about Family Car Guide advocating gambling. It’s also not about this particular Mega Millions jackpot drawing. It’s more in the line of dreams, like if you received such a windfall, what would you do with it?
Since we’re all about cars for the family and individual family members, we’ve come up with a few ideas. Lest you think this is totally selfish, stay with us here. With all that cash, you could afford to be generous.
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Outfit the entire family with new cars
Far from being engrossed in just your own little pleasures, how about fixing up everyone in the family with a new vehicle? Surely your spouse has his or her eye on a replacement vehicle (but money’s been tight and there are too many other priorities). The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan might be a good choice.
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What about a fuel-efficient CUV for your college-bound teen? Maybe a 2011 Ford Edge or a super-small 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman?
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Got a large family and your current conveyance is a little ragged at the edges? How about the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite?
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Want to make a green statement? There’s always the $100,000-plus 2011 Tesla Roadster.
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Need hauling or towing capability too? Check out the 2011 Ford F-150, the best-selling vehicle in America for 2010, or the equally-capable 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. These are just thought-starters. Once you get going, you’re sure to come up with the right vehicle mix to outfit your entire family – if you win big.
Donate a van or other vehicle to organizations in need
Every community across America has charitable services or organizations that are hurting for funds. Many have vans and other means of transportation that are just barely hanging on between fill-ups. Consider buying and donating a large van to the local soup kitchen or battered women’s shelter, a pickup truck to Habitat for Humanity, and so on. Not only will you feel good about giving, so will the people you’ll be helping out with your generosity. The larger your jackpot or windfall, the more generous you can afford to be. And, it’s also a tax write-off, something you’ll probably need…
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Customized Corvette build experience
For a certain kind of Corvette customer, the dream experience of helping to assemble their own engine at GM’s high-performance engine plant in Wixom, Michigan, take delivery of their new Corvette at the National Corvette Museum, or watching their ultimate American sports car built at the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky might be high on the list of car-related purchases. Of course, if you want to help build your Corvette engine, you have to order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 (with LS1 or LS9 engine, respectively), and the option price for such an engine build will set you back about $6,000. Small change, in the scheme of things, right?