If this were your car, would you drive it in the snow? On a dirt road? On the beach? On a two-track? Safeway and the mall, obvs, but what about someplace you might get a scratch?
Your author is an avid photographer and writer, one of which is of great utility in his day job. He is currently marooned in the barren wastelands of Arizona, dreaming of cross country road trips and hunting for grail cars and adventures.