First car bought when he joined the NFL
In his senior year at college, Buchanon bought the car that would become the first of his collection. "After I declared, which means now I had an agent and stuff like that, I got a truck. I was going be a top-10 pick, and I knew I was going to work out," he says.
With that confidence, Buchanon bought a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, which he recalls fondly. Some might consider his choice as kismet because it was the color of the Oakland Raiders, the team that would ultimately draft him.
"It was a two-tone black and silver and it happened to be black and silver because I got drafted by the Raiders and it was a match," he says. "It was so funny because people say, 'You got that truck in January and then you got drafted in April to the Raiders. That's so funny.' I was like, 'Yeah, it is funny.'"
Buchanon chose the car because it stood apart from the others. "I just liked the car, it was something different," he says. "I like feeling like I'm the first one to have something or the first one to try something. I like being different. And that the car was a two-tone Escalade with a black and silver stripe on the side; that was different. Nobody had it, to my knowledge, so I was the first one to have it."
Other cars he's owned since joining the NFL include a 2003 Infiniti FX45, the crossover that helped fuel the whole trend of utility vehicles. "I stripped the paint. It was black and I had it painted all teal, so it was a real eye-catcher," Buchanon explains.
"Particularly if I'm dressing up a car, I try to change the image of it," he refers to his past cars. "But lately, I've been keeping just a regular car. I haven't put rims or anything on it, no paint job. This Range Rover Sport is just black and it's just plain. My Bentley is just silver and plain, no rims, none of that. I'm more business-mind savvy now. If it doesn't make sense, I don't do it. Why would I want to pay $8000 or $10,000 just to buy rims when the wheels are already on it? The car -- it speaks for itself."
Other cars in his past collection were a 1973 Chevy Impala, a 2004 Ford F150, a 2006 Infiniti QX56, a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG, and two Hummers. Buchanon laughs as he itemizes the list. "There was no need for that -- a lot of insurance money and a lot of gas and maintenance. It's really not that necessary," he says of a car collection.