I guess I could buy a newish car, but I just don’t see any reason to. The most I’ve spent for a car in the 18 years I’ve been married is $3500, for the minivan (2001 Mazda MPV) we work out of. We’ve had it now for 5 years. It’s driven daily, all over the place. Picked it up with 90k on it, the thing just went over 163k today. I put some tires on it. A new radio. The battery died one cold day, and I had an alternator put on a couple weeks later. Other than that pretty much just oil changes. I still can’t believe it doesn’t need brakes, but I have had them checked even recently when they did the alternator.
I don’t buy anything too sexy, but to me a car is more utilitarian than anything. I had an old 91 Toyota Paseo that I bought for $2200 for about 7 years before it ever needed anything. That thing still ran great when I sold it. I guess if I had lots of money I might buy something new just for the fun of picking it all out, but it kinds of seems like a waste. My wife and I detailed cars for years. Everything from your mom-mobile to Ferrari and Porsche, BMW to Mercedes, and we honestly weren’t always that impressed. In the end they were all just cars. Shiny cars, when we were done, and that was cool, but just cars. The Ferrari F430 Spyder was constantly being serviced, and when it needed service it would be put on a flatbed and taken to another state, then returned and sometimes not returned fixed, so it would have to go back. It too was just a car.