I've only purchased one car in my life, 16 years ago. I've been driving it ever since.
Nowadays people like to make comments about it. Last month:
J: "Niniane, I like that you drive this car. What this car says is, I don't give a fuck what anyone thinks about me."
Me: "Wait, that's not true! What are you implying that people are thinking about me?"
Yesterday I finally purchased a car!
It's so foxy, with the headlight eyes, and the reflective exterior.
This is the last time it'll look this clean, however.
Aff: "I pity the first person who puts a dent on it. New car owners get so angry about that, like 'How could you be such a fool?' Unless they did it themselves, in which case it's all 'It couldn't be helped.'"
Azer says he names his cars. "I named my sports car after a French model. It was a French version of 'Lisa'. But then it developed a flat tire the next day after I bought it. So I decided it needed a more high-maintenance name. Now it's named Gisele."
It took me months to buy this, because the San Francisco Mazda dealership uses all the high-pressure tactics that are stereotyped for car salesmen. The "wait here while I check with my manager" and "people generally pay MSRP for this car", etc.
But I discovered the Fremont Mazda dealership, who gave me a very good quote over email, and then honored it when I arrived, with no hassle! They pointed at a printout on their wall, which listed in tiny font the sales volume of each dealership in California, and themselves in the top #1 position with a yellow highlight. They were very proud of this.