There’s really only one right answer here…

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a buddy whose daily is in the shop for repairs. Maybe it’s a younger sibling who wants to impress a member of the opposite sex. Maybe it’s a significant other who just wants to see what the fuss is all about. Whoever happens to be asking it, it’s a question that can send a cold chill down the spine of any and all automotive enthusiasts: “Can I borrow your car?” Normal folks won’t get it, but if you frequent this website, you’ll understand. This shouldn’t be some off-hand, casual request, like asking for a stick of butter or to borrow your neighbor’s lawn mower. This is your car, the four-wheeled light of your life, the thing you daydream about, the hobby that eats up all your spare time and money, the machine that speaks to you in a language of squealing tires and popping upshifts. Luckily, Mazda gets it, as evidenced by this handy flowchart. Designed as a handy reference guide for Miata owners, we’d argue it’s applicable for anyone wise enough not to denigrate their ride by seeing it as merely some sort of transportation appliance.

Of course, we wanna know – would you be comfortable loaning your car out? Under what conditions would you be willing to give up the keys? What car-lending fails (or wins) have you experienced in the past? Let us know in the comments!

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Mazda Releases “Decision Tree” For Miata Owners Asked To Lend Their Car
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A new decision tree from RealMazdaParts.com helps Mazda MX-5 Miata owners make an educated decision about whether or not to loan their car to a friend. Whether a long-term office buddy has finally scored a date with his crush on the first floor or a best girlfriend is asking to arrive at a beach party weekend in a convertible, a Miata owner may face the stress-inducing ‘can I borrow your car?’ question. This step-by-step chart guides Miata owners through the important questions that must be asked before handing over the keys.

“We know the MX-5 is more affordable than a Porsche or BMW,” says Bob Cockerham, director of RealMazdaParts.com. “But does the low sticker price make it any easier to loan your car to a friend? For instance, if your friend used to be a professional BMX racer, that’s probably not someone you want to hand the keys to."

Some live by the adage ’only loan what you can afford to lose.’ That’s sound advice before handing over the keys to an MX-5 Miata, which is often described as one of the best cars ever made. Renowned for their extraordinary handling and visceral qualities, each generation of Miata since 1990 has been critically acclaimed.

When a friend asks to borrow the keys to your MX-5, it’s easy to understand why. Of course, if that friend has a 4-a-day energy drink habit and owns the Fast and Furious box set, the decision tree indicates that you would be wise to decline.

"According to our decision tree, there’s never a good reason to lend your Miata. To anyone. Ever," says Cockerham.

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