Maintaining a high-performance car is quite a bit different than maintaining a regular car, one not necessarily designed for performance. There are many things to keep in mind when you are considering the cost and the time involved in maintaining a car engineered for superior performance and handling. Here are some of the maintenance requirements and costs for a high performance car.

First, high-performance cars require premium grades of fuel because their engines typically have an elevated compression ratio and fuel with lower octane rates will speed up the compression too much. These cars are also not generally good on gas mileage. With premium fuel costing thirty to forty cents more per gallon than regular, this requirement can quickly make these cars very expensive to maintain over the long haul. Not only are you paying the high price of premium, but you are going to be paying for it more often.

Second, you will need to spend more on tires. High-performance tires are required for a high-performance car. High-performance tires are softer than regular tires and are also made for a quieter ride. They tend to be twice as expensive as regular tires. High-performance tires also need to be replaced more often. Whereas with most cars you can get away with running them for 50,000 miles on new tires, high performance tires will last less than half that long.

High-performance cars require more down time for maintenance. They often have special computerized systems that need to be maintained on a regular basis, in addition to several gadgets that have the potential to malfunction. Most high-performance cars cannot be taken to a regular mechanic for maintenance, either, unless the mechanic shop specializes in that kind of car, because of their high-tech engineering. Mechanics who work on high-performance cars must be familiar with the on-board computer system because they frequently need to override the system to make repairs. This means that you will need to take the car back to the dealership. Bear in mind that dealership maintenance will usually cost more than that of an independent mechanic. Some of the gadgets and high-tech devices in these cars include navigation systems, adaptive cruise control, radar sensors, reverse-parking assist devices, and keyless entry systems. Replacing headlights in these kinds of cars can cost anywhere from one thousand to almost four thousand dollars, and replacing mirrors can cost more than four hundred dollars.

A final consideration you should make is car insurance. These cars are seen as more likely to be involved in accidents by insurers. They are also seen as prime candidates for thieves because of their status, so it is likely that you will see a jump in your insurance premiums when you own a high-performance car.

Before you purchase a high-performance car, consider that the high price you paid to drive it off the lot is not the only high price you will pay. Remember that the upkeep of any car is paramount, high performance or not, and you should be prepared to spend more on keeping your car running in top than you would with other kinds of cars.