At Secret Entourage have done countless car buyer’s guides for today’s top exotics and have even talked about the best cars to buy under $30,000. It’s been a while so this month we decided to talk about what we think is one of the best luxury cars you can buy under $30,000. Our pick this month is the Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG and with a sticker price of $130,000, it seems out of reach for many people, but thankfully for our car buying system, you can identify some of today’s nicest and lowest mileage SL55’s between 2003-2006 for $22,000 to $30,000. You could essentially be driving one of the iconic Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG’s for less than a new Honda Accord.
Years ago we ran an article on exotic car insurance and the poor service we received from a company named Hagerty when we shopped for insurance. We mentioned that certain insurance companies like GEICO will not offer insurance on brands like Maserati, Ferrari, or Lamborghini simply due to the nature of the car, not even based on its value. Most…
In our course, Exotic Car Secrets, we break down the reality behind how beneficial financing can be for exotic cars. While you may be able to afford to buy your car cash, there is no reason to let go of such a large sum when you could be borrowing free money. That right free money.
Roughly nine years ago, the masterminds at BMW Motorsport, BMW’s in-house performance division, decided it would be a spectacular idea to stuff a massive 5 liter V10 engine producing just north of 500 horsepower into their mid-level sedan, the BMW 5 Series. The BMW E60 M5 was produced between the years 2006-2010. The bottom line is, the E60 M5 is still arguably one of the most insane, capable, and ridiculous cars of all time. If you are considering E60 M5 ownership, this buyers guide should help educate you on the pros & cons, as well as what to look for in when buying pre-owned such as key options and equipment, and what kind of service and maintenance you can expect from a car of this level.
Back when we were on the hunt for a new daily driver, the BMW M3 Coupe (E92) was a strong contender for a spot in our garage. There’s no question that BMW knows how to make a performance car, but very few manufacturers can make one that doubles for both a daily driver and weekend/track car, as well as BMW can. From the high revving 414 HP V8, to the quick dual clutch transmission, to the stunning body lines, there was very little to dislike about the M3 aside from the popularity, which made it a dime a dozen. With the new F80 BMW M3 just released, prices have dropped a little more, making the E92/E90 BMW M3 a great buy. We decided to share our findings and experience with the iconic BMW M3.
When it comes to sports cars, one of the easiest modifications you can do is improve the exhaust for several reasons. The number one reason will always be for sound. While there are dozens of exhausts available for the same car, they all will have a distinctive sound that is subjective to the end user. The second reason is for performance because exhaust systems are typically lighter than stock thanks to lightweight material and also beneficial in gaining extra horsepower thanks to unique free flowing designs. However, all exhausts are not created equal so here are the best exhaust systems on the market.
In our recent buyers guide for the Audi R8, we felt like sharing our understanding of the market on this well balanced car. It only made sense since we appreciate the car to push its limits further by enhancing the few things we didn’t love about it. Believe it or not, the Audi R8 is the first car we have ever owned that looked perfect just as it is from the factory and needed literally nothing. But since we are crazy at Secret Entourage and can’t leave anything stock without adding our own touch to it, Project Lightning Blade project began.