What kind of wheels you got? It might matter

This may not make the best first impression: You land a job at a law firm that specializes in environmental causes. And you roll up in a 5,692-pound Ford Expedition that seats eight. Oh. And you’re single.

This might not work out so well either: You get a job at a legal aid firm and pull up in a Jag. A new one.  A convertible. With a Trump bumper sticker …

This one may be a bit dicey too. You’re hired by a Big Law firm in Boston. And your ride? It’s a Dodge Charger, powered by a Supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 Engine. It also boasts racing stripes — of course.

Your car can speak volumes about who are. Seriously. Don’t hit the brakes here. For instance, Stanford researchers were able to tell the political leanings of a neighborhood just by looking at the cars parked along the streets. They created an algorithm that analyzed neighborhoods on Google Maps. And the vehicles did indeed speak to them.

“For instance, if the number of sedans in a neighborhood is greater than the number of pickups, there is an 88 percent chance that the precinct will vote Democratic,” the Stanford News reported. “Transpose those numbers to have more pickups than sedans and there is an 82 percent chance a precinct will vote Republican.”

Many young lawyers have a lot of student debt, so we’re not advocating going deeper into hock to replace a car to better fit your job. Hardly. It’s just something to think about as your career arc rises. Plus, nothing beats that new-car smell …

The best car for lawyers? Actually there are opinions on that. Edmunds believes the best car for young lawyers is the BMW 2 Series:

“With the tedium of law school finally over, it's time to celebrate the fruit of that labor. Though the BMW 2 Series isn't inexpensive (it has a starting price just north of $30,000), it's the most affordable car in the manufacturer's lineup.”

Black Fin, which provides online marketing services to law firms, lists seven cars suitable for lawyers including the same model BMW. But it also says you can’t go wrong with the Infiniti Q7, Jeep Cherokee, Acura ILX, Audi A3 and Hyundai Sonata. The Toyota Tundra pickup did not make the cut.

Don’t think this doesn’t matter? On the website Bitter Lawyer, one associate noted how it did indeed matter. He drove what he described as “a rusty old truck,” a 1990 Ford F150 to be specific.

It was never an issue until he met a partner and a client for breakfast. They happened to be waiting outside when he pulled up. They ate. They left. But that was not the end of it.

“Later in the day, the partner came into my office and told me I had to get a new car,” he wrote. “There wasn’t much more to it, just ‘[Name], it’s time you got a more appropriate car for your position. The truck doesn’t cut it.’ That was it. My truck doesn’t cut it.”

A senior lawyer took him to task for driving such a vehicle, saying on the website: “Wait. Your truck doesn’t have ‘all the presumptions of any other car?’ How about the presumption that you’re a wheat-chewing hick from Decatur? How about that you’re an upper middle-class suburban professional who is pissed about working in the suburbs and wearing a suit?”

He recommended the lawyer get a Honda Pilot, Mazda 3 or a Volkswagen Jetta. (All relatively affordable …) He also said you can lease. And that way you can dump it as you move up.

Here’s one other option we offer. Get a job in New York and take the subway.