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OpalCat
06-09-2011, 01:26 AM
Someone feared and respected, making more money than the rest in the ghetto, but still ghetto. What kind of car would he drive? It has to suggest he has more money than the average guy in the area but not stand out as out of place...

TriPolar
06-09-2011, 02:13 AM
I don't think real life usually works that way. Street dealers make less money than average, aren't respected, and are only feared if they have a gun. You might be talking about gang-leaders connected outside of this 'ghetto' (which is how far from where you live?), who would be young, and driving something the youth idealize in the particular culture.

Do you have any more specifics about this 'ghetto'?

Rigamarole
06-09-2011, 02:30 AM
A stolen one.

11811
06-09-2011, 02:56 AM
Someone feared and respected, making more money than the rest in the ghetto, but still ghetto. What kind of car would he drive? It has to suggest he has more money than the average guy in the area but not stand out as out of place...

The hero in Clockers drove a Honda Accord, IIRC.

Rigamarole
06-09-2011, 03:04 AM
Oh and by the way, regarding this:

It has to suggest he has more money than the average guy in the area

Even if this were the case (as has already been pointed out, in real life it wouldn't be), you clearly aren't familiar with the 10 Crack Commandments (http://youtube.com/watch?v=6ihPOTDxMfE) as postulated by the philosopher-poet Biggie Smalls.


Rule numero uno,
Never let no one know
How much dough you hold
Cuz you know,
The cheddar breed jealousy, especially
If that man fucked up
Get your ass stuck up

Koxinga
06-09-2011, 03:33 AM
A 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. (http://imcdb.org/i010686.jpg) What else?

EvilTOJ
06-09-2011, 04:00 AM
I drive a minivan.

madmonk28
06-09-2011, 06:03 AM
There is a chapter in Freakonomics about how little money street leve drug dealers earn (close to minimum wage). For someone in management, probably an SUV, that's what the guy in my neighborhood drove before the swat team came and took him away.

stretch
06-09-2011, 01:19 PM
In our "ghetto" they tend to drive the late 70s or early 90s Monte Carlos, 80s and 90s Hondas, and 90s Chevy Tahoes.

Blackhawk441
06-09-2011, 01:32 PM
Of course, a pimped-out '64 impala (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ico8nylr_y4/TS8dOYEvXtI/AAAAAAAAAAY/6-rT9O8wo1c/s1600-R/64impala.jpg) lowrider with hydraulics and spinners.

Mr. Moto
06-09-2011, 01:37 PM
The guys right on the street would have no money and would be young.

Their ride of choice would be a bike - probably stolen.

lieu
06-09-2011, 01:43 PM
One with dealer tags of course.

Yarster
06-09-2011, 01:52 PM
Depending on the level of the dealer, I think an older (but not restored) Impala of the 60s. Another alternative would be a used Cadillac (like possibly 1980s or 1990s), and possibly a used Chrylser 300M. If we are talking a drug dealer who is a little higher up in the food chain, then possibly a used Cadillac Escalade, but that's about it. Nothing would be new, even if it was an Escalade. It would be a few years out of date as this individuals would be driving it having bought it at a used car lot where most of the depreciation from the new vehicle would be gone.

The alternative is ANY normal car but with stupid amounts of money spent on things like oversized tires and rims that make the car look ridiculous. Think Honda Accord with 22"+ rims.

OpalCat
06-09-2011, 09:53 PM
I'm actually not talking about a street dealer of the level of selling to the actual users, more like the guy the dealers get their stuff from. The guy in charge of a whole area. Probably doesn't live in the actual ghetto.

TriPolar
06-09-2011, 11:48 PM
You'd probably be looking at a guy who made enough money to get out and is trying to live an upper middle class life. Might drive any late model low-end luxury car. He got the success by being smart with money, buying value instead of flash. You might have someone who runs a small business and does his deals out of the back room. He won't be trying to stand out at all. He'll be driving an old beat up car. He may live somewhere else and have something much better that he keeps there. These guys will succeed by not drawing attention to themselves at all. They don't want to be feared and respected, they want to be unknown.

Koxinga
06-10-2011, 12:43 AM
Just go ahead and write it as you're picturing it. Pimp it out, and be sure to give the dealer sideburns, gold teeth and a jheri curl. Reality isn't always entertaining.

tr0psn4j
06-10-2011, 12:48 AM
I second the Six Fo' Impala

Joey P
06-10-2011, 01:01 AM
Depending on the level of the dealer, I think an older (but not restored) Impala of the 60s. Another alternative would be a used Cadillac (like possibly 1980s or 1990s), and possibly a used Chrylser 300M. If we are talking a drug dealer who is a little higher up in the food chain, then possibly a used Cadillac Escalade, but that's about it. Nothing would be new, even if it was an Escalade. It would be a few years out of date as this individuals would be driving it having bought it at a used car lot where most of the depreciation from the new vehicle would be gone.

The alternative is ANY normal car but with stupid amounts of money spent on things like oversized tires and rims that make the car look ridiculous. Think Honda Accord with 22"+ rims.
You're last line is more what I was thinking. I've seen plenty of guys that have an older Mercury Cougar but spend $2000-$5000 on rims and a stereo/subwoofer system.
Also, the alternative to the Escalade or Chrysler 300 is a Chevy Tahoe in very good condition, less then 10 years old. Black with tinted windows. Leather interior. Those were nice trucks. Even with no modifications.

stretch
06-10-2011, 09:52 AM
In my area, that dude will still be driving a Monte Carlo, Honda, or Tahoe. The cluckers drive POS Ford Escorts or they walk, the people that deal to them drive something that looks better--a beat up Honda, Monte or low end SUV. The dude that they get shit from drives the nicer Hondas, the pimped out Monte, or a nice Tahoe.

If you loves you some Monte Carlo action, you aren't giving that up just cuz you make more bank. You just get a nicer one.

Agent Foxtrot
06-10-2011, 10:55 AM
I see an awful lot of cream-colored Cadillac 300's in the rough neighborhoods of Baltimore. Just sayin'.

CT_Damsel
06-10-2011, 11:46 AM
One with dealer tags of course.
:D

TriPolar
06-10-2011, 02:49 PM
Someone feared and respected, making more money than the rest in the ghetto, but still ghetto. What kind of car would he drive? It has to suggest he has more money than the average guy in the area but not stand out as out of place...

Just go ahead and write it as you're picturing it. Pimp it out, and be sure to give the dealer sideburns, gold teeth and a jheri curl. Reality isn't always entertaining.

Opal, I wouldn't disagree with Koxinga's suggestion here at all. Fiction should be entertaining. However, you could take a look at Stephen King's character Reginald 'Pop' Merrill, who appears in The Sun Dog and Needful Things, and possibly other works. It isn't the ghetto, but he represents the innocuous type of criminal who lurks in many levels of society, recognizable through his actions more than his appearance.

OpalCat
06-10-2011, 04:35 PM
This guy is a minor character, described through another character so I can get away with leaving out a lot of details, but the details I do have I want to ring true. He's definitely in a gang, and people are scared of him. I already had rims on the car. I couldn't resist that even on my own. :D

Basandre
06-11-2011, 12:08 AM
He drives a black Cadillac Escalade. (http://google.com/search?q=black+cadillac+escalade&hl=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=KOryTam3OYOssAPD6bHFCw&ved=0CEAQsAQ)

Becky2844
06-11-2011, 01:43 AM
1) you must be a writer 2) drug dealers ALWAYS stand out, even if they don't mean to, so stick with the pimped out Jaguar SUV (lol)

palacheck
06-11-2011, 04:08 AM
Look up Craig Petties. Memphis drug kingpin that headed of the local chapter(so to speak) of the Gangster Disciples and was caught with 400lbs of marijuana during a call on a domestic dispute. He crossed the border into Mexico and ran his organization from there for a while before being arrested and extradited back. He owned an auto repair shop and a small trucking firm in the Memphis area to transport the drugs.

Apparently he owned a late model Mercedes-Benz and a Bentley. He might be a bigger player than you are looking for, but he was the local supplier and gang leader in Memphis.

Otherwise just go with an Escalade for a dealer from the Northeast or a Hummer for a dealer from the south.

OpalCat
06-11-2011, 11:24 AM
The dealer's in Tucson, AZ

Koxinga
06-11-2011, 11:28 AM
The dealer's in Tucson, AZ

Why does that make a difference?

RaftPeople
06-11-2011, 12:59 PM
This guy is a minor character, described through another character so I can get away with leaving out a lot of details, but the details I do have I want to ring true. He's definitely in a gang, and people are scared of him. I already had rims on the car. I couldn't resist that even on my own. :D

Make him unique - rims on a prius

Musicat
06-11-2011, 01:09 PM
Hold on, let me check the last episode of Weeds...

Jake
06-11-2011, 01:28 PM
Oh and by the way, regarding this:

Even if this were the case (as has already been pointed out, in real life it wouldn't be), you clearly aren't familiar with the 10 Crack Commandments (http://youtube.com/watch?v=6ihPOTDxMfE) as postulated by the philosopher-poet Biggie Smalls.

I couldn't understand a word he said.

Rigamarole
06-11-2011, 02:46 PM
I couldn't understand a word he said.

Really? I know using words like "dough" and "cheddar" for money are pretty obscure street slang, but I'll translate it for you anyway.

Rule numero uno,
Never let no one know
How much dough you hold

Rule #1: Never let anyone know how much money you have.

Cuz you know,
The cheddar breed jealousy, especially

Because you know, money breeds jealousy.

If that man fucked up
Get your ass stuck up

If somebody [who took note of how much money you have because you were flaunting it] finds themselves in a tough financial situation, they will rob you.

Jake
06-11-2011, 04:08 PM
Thanks, Rigamarole.
That clears things up.

DigitalC
06-11-2011, 04:30 PM
Escalade, first thing that came to mind.

MysteryFellow63427
06-13-2011, 04:28 PM
Nissan Maxima or pimped out Buick!

hajario
06-13-2011, 04:33 PM
Another vote for an Accord...with rims.

sixpac
03-24-2013, 09:34 PM
here in memphis the real drug dealers drive white charges,white impalas,and tahoes kml and the maypor is a pimp he drives cadillacs and tailored made suits lol gotta luv america city where you dare to dream :cool::cool::cool:

sixpac
03-24-2013, 09:36 PM
here in memphis the real drug dealers drive white charges,white impalas,and tahoes kml and the mayor is a pimp he drives cadillacs and tailored made suits lol gotta luv america city where you dare to dream :cool::cool::cool:

don't ask
03-24-2013, 09:53 PM
A hearse.

the_diego
03-24-2013, 10:44 PM
A big black Cadillac driven by guys in business suits and gelled down hair: "Rocco..."

Cat Whisperer
03-24-2013, 10:47 PM
Anyone else a little freaked out to see this thread come up?

Hockey Monkey
03-24-2013, 10:49 PM
Anyone else a little freaked out to see this thread come up?

*raises hand*

the_diego
03-24-2013, 10:54 PM
^^
Heck no. I always wanted to know which car.

Mona Lisa Simpson
03-24-2013, 11:05 PM
Anyone else a little freaked out to see this thread come up?

Yes. I guess this will happen from time to time, but right now it is a bit shocking.

Senegoid
03-24-2013, 11:16 PM
Yes. I guess this will happen from time to time, but right now it is a bit shocking.

Yeah, as they say, thread is old, OP may not be around anymore. :(

( ETA: sixpac, who just resurrected this thread, may not even realize what the last few posts are talking about. )

Glazer
03-24-2013, 11:29 PM
Southern Style Gangster Shit (http://google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&biw=960&bih=484&tbm=isch&tbnid=GI_fEoiJGRlXDM:&imgrefurl=http://impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php%3Fp%3D2196071&docid=UVWYlVQC7oVyRM&imgurl=http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n35/lildavid04/l_475a1149bd5b4c4ea32d81a884237b9a.jpg&w=575&h=431&ei=68BPUdOZJozW9QT3x4HQDA&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:27,s:0,i:176&iact=rc&dur=2609&page=3&tbnh=180&tbnw=216&start=18&ndsp=11&tx=103&ty=118)

Looks right at home going down Cleveland Ave. (http://google.com/imgres?hl=en&biw=960&bih=484&tbm=isch&tbnid=6wRoYfF7ix_4AM:&imgrefurl=http://300cforums.com/forums/chrysler-300-picture-media-post/67528-photoshoot-22-inch-wheels-moved.html&docid=IzpnyJZXoF1z-M&imgurl=http://300cforums.com/forums/attachments/chrysler-300-picture-media-post/31994d1233630752-photoshoot-22-inch-wheels-moved-011.jpg&w=640&h=480&ei=zsJPUdnSHY_W9ASG4IDQBw&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:1,s:0,i:85&iact=rc&dur=1136&page=1&tbnh=173&tbnw=257&start=0&ndsp=7&tx=160&ty=66)

Who de Whooo!!! (http://google.com/imgres?start=126&hl=en&biw=960&bih=484&tbm=isch&tbnid=dD5QSWtbH8lR5M:&imgrefurl=http://carshotwheel.com/u2-wheels-22-inch/&docid=AUFsdEs8HC47JM&imgurl=http://carshotwheel.com/images/u2-wheels-22-inch-large-1.jpg&w=1024&h=768&ei=xcNPUarBOI-Y8gTW_oH4Bg&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:36,s:100,i:112&iact=rc&dur=2110&page=12&tbnh=192&tbnw=258&ndsp=13&tx=103&ty=91)

Jenaroph
03-24-2013, 11:44 PM
Glazer, the OP doesn't need an answer anymore. :(

Glazer
03-25-2013, 12:11 AM
But I love me some ghetto wagons.

Ambivalid
03-25-2013, 12:15 AM
Now this is what I call a "zombie thread". :eek:





















Too soon?

JBDivmstr
03-25-2013, 01:09 AM
I'll be back tomorrow with some recent pics of street level dealers (sells to users) 'rides'... ;)


(Here in H-Town it varies, from ratty tennis shoes to semi-pimped, 5-10 year old, used cars.)

Kimballkid
03-25-2013, 02:35 PM
Anyone else a little freaked out to see this thread come up?

I joined after Opal had pretty much quit posting, but I had lurked for years so I was familiar with her, but it was a little disconcerting to see this thread pop up.

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