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Top 5 Features for Pinchers

Top 5 Features for a Pincher.

“[Give] me a car that costs as little as possible and doesn’t hassle me.”

This week, the Tribe Top 5’s presents the most important features for a Pincher Tribe member.

Before we get started, let’s clear the air: Pinchers aren’t necessarily cheap people. In fact, thrifty is the better descriptor. Pinchers are shoppers who want a vehicle that provides the most value. They are looking for the best “bang for the buck.” To learn more about Pinchers, we spoke with our friend, VOC veteran, and Pincher Tribe member Thad about his must-have features.

Growing up, Thad said his father had one rule — or mantra, rather — about transportation: It has to be cheap and reliable. Cheap and reliable sum up the Pincher ethos pretty well, but let’s take a closer look at what that means when it comes to shopping for affordable transportation. Here’s what Thad had to say about his 5 must-have features.


  1. Reliability — First and foremost, a Pincher wants a vehicle with a reputation for reliability. But this doesn’t necessarily mean an extended warranty program — high-mileage warranties aren’t always an indicator of longevity. Pincher’s want a car where the only items that need to be replaced over the lifetime of the car are typical wear items (i.e., brakes, tires, etc.). We recently posted a blog entry about the top 10 cars most likely to last for over 200,000 miles.
  2. Low Price With one kid in college, two in the queue, and a total of four cars in the family, Thad told us that this is not the time for him to be driving the luxury car of his dreams. The cheaper his transportation is, the better of his wallet will be. “For sure whatever I buy will be sub-$20k, and the closer to $50k I can get the better.” (link to Thad’s fiesta review or similar)
  3. Sound System — While he wants cheap, reliable transportation, good audio quality is still a must-have on Thad’s list. “I find it nearly impossible to drive a car with a bad sound system.” The sound system doesn’t have to be capable of winning bass-thumping, ear-splitting contests, but it needs to be at least decent.
  4. Style — Despite being a middle-aged Dad, Thad doesn’t necessary want to always look the part, to whatever extent that is possible. And, in 2015, there are plenty of inexpensive options that also provide darn-good style. (The Ford Fiesta comes to mind when thinking of great style at a low price point.)
  5. Utility — As a cyclist and outdoorsman of sorts, Thad wants a vehicle that has at least some utility. While generous interior space is not typically associated with “cheap, reliable transportation,” there are plenty of cars that offer a surprising amount of storage. Think hatchbacks or small crossovers.

So, there you have it: the top-five Pincher features.

Are you a Pincher and have a few different must-have features not mentioned on this list? Give us your opinion in the comments section below.