Run into a gang of AK-47-toting street thugs, separatist guerillas or religious extremists on the way to the country club, however, and you're probably toast.
Neither a well-appointed interior nor a perfectly chilled posterior will protect you from a hail of small-arms fire.
That's why you need to take your new ride to a professional armoring service before you hit the road. Thanks to modern armor technology, nearly any vehicle can be turned into a rolling panic room—for a price. Global instability has high-profile individuals turning to armoring services in ever-increasing numbers, and business is booming...
Who buys an armored car?
Prospective armored-vehicle owners are almost as varied as the vehicles IAC outfits. Of all the customers seeking protected transportation, Burton estimates that 20 percent are acting to mitigate a known threat or have been targeted for attack in the past. Some 50 percent simply want insurance against random acts of violence, such as carjackings.
The remaining 30 percent is high-profile individuals “accustomed” to a raised level of security, such as captains of industry and celebrities.