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Are Local Car Clubs Worth the Cost?

  • Posted April 15th, 2024
  • Category: Community

Outside of occasional cruise-ins and auto shows, many automotive enthusiasts primarily interact with each other in online forums. If you’re seeking consistent in-person networking and new, like-minded friends, car clubs may be the answer. 

Though they come with an upfront cost, car clubs can greatly improve your access to community and exclusive benefits. Read on to decide if they are worth the hype (and expense).

What is A Car Club?

A car club is a members-only organization made up of people who want to meet up and discuss the vehicles they love. Some clubs are focused on specific manufacturers, while others welcome more general types of vehicles, like:

classic car at a local car club show

  • Sports cars
  • Classic cars
  • Muscle cars
  • Exotic cars
  • Luxury cars

These clubs host regular meetings, shows, and educational events that benefit their members. 

How Much Does a Car Club Membership Cost?

The cost of car clubs varies tremendously based on your location, the type of club, and your tier of membership. 

An annual membership to the Sports Car Club of America starts at just $80, while the Carolina Exotic Car Club clocks in at $2,900 a year. Clubs that host more member events and offer more perks, like access to private event venues, discounts, and guest passes will typically cost more than less-inclusive memberships. 

What Are the Benefits of Joining a Car Club?

Car clubs are more than just a venue. If you’re considering a membership, here are some of the perks you can expect. 


Everyone loves to talk about their favorite subject. 

Car clubs host regular meetings, often with a predetermined vehicle-related discussion topic. This gives automotive enthusiasts a chance to network and benefit from each others’ experiences differently from one meeting to the next. 

exotic car at a car club event

Meetings are also a great opportunity to get recommendations for local mechanics, automotive detailers, and other professionals from people who are equally meticulous about their cars. 


Some car clubs offer serious discounts on detailing, maintenance, and aftermarket services. Membership in some national clubs may also come with discounted insurance rates. 

That being said, many people find that their biggest savings come from choosing vetted automotive professionals based on the advice of fellow members. 

Exclusive Car Shows

If you love getting up close and personal with stunning vehicles, a club membership can provide you with experiences you might otherwise miss. 

Get a sneak peek at not-yet-released models as well as rare, classic, and exotic cars in a fun and low-pressure environment. 


Education is an important aspect of most car clubs’ mission statements. Not only do they encourage members to share their experiences and learn from each other, but they also host sponsored events to educate members about the products and services that will keep their vehicles in top shape. 

ATD is proud to support our local Raleigh-area car clubs by serving as a trusted vendor, supporting charitable car shows, and offering consumer education. Our informative Tech Sessions invite club members to learn more about maintenance and paint protection while enjoying food, drinks, and live music.

A Chance to Show Off

Automotive enthusiasts love to share their joy with others. If you’ve gone to great lengths to protect and care for your car, you don’t want to be all dressed up with no place to go. 

Car clubs are a fantastic opportunity to showcase your vehicle and get inspired by others who share your passion. Fellowship, support, and a sense of belonging make the experience of car ownership that much more enjoyable.


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