I'm also amazed how people faithfully hand a lifetime of work over to '' stealerships'', as Dan says. People will easily hand over $30,000 or $50,000 over 5 years for a vehicle, and dutifully go back to the dealership for the smiles and free coffee so that ''technicians" can (maybe), change their oil, look for squeaks, etc. And then trade in, and do it all over again like hamsters on wheels.
I think my lifetime budget for vehicles will amount to less than $30,000. No free coffee, or 10% for "shop towels and fluids" for me...
The over consumption of automobiles is one of the most effective means of keeping people enslaved to the system. The other brilliant trap in North America is the inflated price of housing and land. Like George Carlin said, life then becomes nothing more than needing a box to keep all your stuff safe in while you aren't there, because you are down the road with your automobile working for the man, to have the money to pay for the vehicle and the box to protect your stuff. I don't like that plan, I value my freedom more than shiny things.
It's a sad observation of human nature that so many people don't know when they own something, or it owns them.