By the time we get our first car, most of us are thinking "how can I afford one?" Most young consumers will fall into the trap of considering only the short-sighted costs -- paying down the actual car.
I was driving home from the grocery store when I smelled something funny. I thought maybe something was burning. The gauges on the dashboard were clear, the car was not overheating or malfunctioning. Still, there was a smell. Was it tar?
I no longer felt that this car reflected who I was, that instead it represented all of the things I didn't want in my life. It was the opposite of what I wanted -- it was stifling, expensive, inefficient, and unnecessary.