According to research (including past threads on here), it’s not that much more affordable to own and maintain an experimental if you don’t perform the maintenance yourself. Although I believe it can be somewhat cheaper in some cases. Also, it’s the opinion of some that it’s better to own a certified aircraft if you’re a first-time buyer, as there is more of a ‘learning curve’ with an EAB. But one reason I’m interested in EAB is simply the performance. You can buy a used Cessna 172 or Piper 160/180 for around $60-80k. However, you can also find a (presumably) good used two-seater Vans RV within the same price range. The RV will have the same engine and same fuel burn, but will cruise 50+ kts faster. I know which aircraft I’d rather have. Yes the Spam Cans have four seats, but that’s not a necessity for me. I realize it’s crucial to have an A&P who is familiar with the aircraft to do a pre-buy inspection of any aircraft I’d consider purchasing, and equally important to have someone qualified to do the maintenance, which I like to think shouldn’t be too difficult for a Vans. In summation, if it were going to be more expensive and unsafe (be it physically or financially unsafe), I guess I’d settle on buying a certified Spam Can. But it the costs were in the same proverbial ball park, I’d much prefer the experimental. Anyone else have experience owning an experimental who is a non gear-head? And it can be any experimental, not just a Vans.