Skip to comments.Remember when getting a new car was a celebration, instead of being a stigma
Posted on 06/18/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT by DallasBiff
I noticed that a co-worker had gotten a new car while seeing each other in the parking lot and congratulated the person. The co-worker said "thank you", but stated that I shouldn't tell anyone else.
The co-worker in my opinion felt they had a Scarlett Letter attached to them for buying not only a new car but an import model.
They shouldn’t feel that way. Many of the Japanese cars are built here and in that they’re built in non-union plants by Americans in Right-to-Work states, they’re a heck of a lot more American than the ‘American’ cars.
I remember back in the day it was a bad thing to do this if you worked at Mack Trucks or Bethlehem Steel here where I live. Import cars were a no no to the Union folks. I had no idea it was the same today. Why be scared to let people know you had a new ride? This seems odd to me. Whenever I get something new, I am sure to let people know about it just because.
In Socialist countries you do not celebrate success. You cannot be excited over acquiring anything new or expensive. You are to feel guilty that everyone cannot live as high as you. This is coming soon to the USSA.
Well, I suppose that your co-worker is aware enough to be sensitive to the horrible economic plight of their fellow Americans, and doesn’t want to flaunt their good fortune at a time such as this.
I can understand them feeling that way.
You say the car’s an import. Depending on the brand, it may have been built right here in America by non-union labor.
I can understand his situation. It’s obviously a big deal to afford anything more than 10 grand nowadays but remember that he is surrounded by co-workers who may have financial issues and didn;t want to rub it in their faces so it was the right move. Be humble and answer nicely only if asked upon it.
Reminded me of one of our acquaintances who just bought an Ipad 2 and made it such a big deal, one person simply just told him to “shut up” about it.
Just my analysis, but if the co-worker and the car were seeing each other in the parking lot, maybe they really didn't want you to tell anyone else.
Luckily, you put this in "News" so no one will know about their little tryst.
The problem is ignoramuses who think that a foreign nameplate means the vehicle had to have been manufactured overseas. Many American auto names are made in Mexico or Canada, with a straggling few still “imported from Detroit” as I’ve seen one ad put it.
Silly, nobody can trace them from Free Republic.
Conspicuous consumption is in bad taste, but congratulating the Joneses rather than condemning them (though it’s said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) is a very American tradition.
I have five imports sitting in my driveway and I’m not one bit ashamed!
I gave American car manufacturers a chance, they screwed me. Then they went belly up and screwed me again.
My BIL is looking at a new car. He’s driving a Toyota Highlander, and has looked at Ford. But Toyota’s built by a non-union plant and Ford isn’t. So he’s sticking with his current model.
Then your co-worker is an idiot. They were able to get a new car - fantastic!
My parents bought new cars every 3-4 years, but never talked about it. They considered talking about the acquisition of ‘things’ to be poor manners. I have followed their example. Funny thing is, people seem more impressed to learn you have a new car when you haven’t said anything about it.
We only buy vehicles assembled by US non union labor.
Preaching to the choir. I haven’t bought a new car in 15 years, and I never will again. I look for a 4 or 5 year old car with 45-50000 miles on it, preferably a Toyota (although the last one was a Lincoln Navigator for my wife and turned out to be one of the best cars I ever bought.)
Apply that logic to the POTUS.
My G_D, what a barbarian.
Half the country is unemployed, no problem, I will take 150 C-130’s to france. Let them eat union cake!
Your parents must be wealthy - my newest car is a 2005. 6 yrs old.
Do you live in Berkeley? at my work we all walk out to the garage to see anyone’s new car.
Beats me. Newest is my current 2004 Chrysler.
Especially if it's super cheap.
ESPECIALLY if it's super cheap!
Hubby and I like to brag when we really make a great deal on anything. If we get something useful for free we are really wound up. I am always amazed at people who like to brag how MUCH they paid for something- that is so foreign to me.
Not me. I just got a new Ford Taurus and I love it and I’m NOT keeping it a secret.
If you haven't noticed, America has become Berkeley, IMO.
I’m not adverse to buying an import, but my next vehicle will be a Ford, just to reward them for not taking 0bama’s blood money.
I'm with you! When someone attempts to boast about how MUCH he paid for something, I can't refrain from laughing in his face.
Yeah, I suppose we're cursed by vanity too, but at least we get GREAT DEALS ON THINGS!!!!
A hopeful start. Make buying American something people actually think about. Even if it to avoid stigma. Very good start.
A coworker once told me about an uncle who lived in New York City. At that time he wouldn’t pay more than $100 for a car. Yep, it was a long time ago. the man would do absolutely nothing as far a repair. When the car died, he left it where it died. And bought another for $100.
The last new car I bought was in 92. Since then I’ve looked for higher mileage vehicles with specific engines. The last vehicle I bought was a 1987 pickup with about 95,000. Before that it was a 1991 SUV with the same engine and about 140,000 miles. I stay away from anything with elaborate electronics that came later.
The co-worker is weak and shallow. It’s their money. Spend it however they want, period.
I have sort of mixed feelings about this. Owning “stuff” in and of itself is nothing to be proud of, and the pursuit of “stuff” for the sake of “stuff” is not much of an accomplishment, either.
For a very long time, talking about possessions and money was the height of gaucheness and a sign of a bad upbringing. People simply did not discuss money or what they owned.
Character mattered. Family mattered. Manners and honor mattered.
So if it happens that people stop talking about the stuff they buy (too often on credit) and return to the things which actually matter, I will not mourn.
So what's the problem?
Seems all good to me.
If someone disapprovingly asked why one bought a car, quote Gov. Christie, “It’s none of your business.” Then walk away.
My folks never talked about the “stuff” they had. But my dad loved his cars. New or not. I have so many photos of him and my mom standing next to cars going back to the ‘40s.
Mom next to her new Buick. Then her Buick next to Dad’s older (but still shiny) station wagon with Dad. Then Mom & Dad by the cars, etc.
So why do I bother worrying about actually paying my bills?
We have nice stuff. I always look for a heckuva bargain. Always pay cash. If I can’t afford it I don’t need it.
Along with you I have watched people buy huge houses, take out large sums of money from them to buy expensive boats, cars, etc. Walk away from their house and figure out a way to buy another one just like it.
It amazes me because we live within our budget. Shrug.
47 mpg $1000. 95 Geo Metro.
23 mpg $30k new 2000 Chrysler 300M
Favorite by far, $140k Dragonfly trimaran sailboat made in Denmark.
No math necessary
A 16-foot 98-pound canoe that I bought used for $200.
I can't even begin to tell you all the fun my family and I have had with that monstrous canoe!
Remember when getting a new car was a celebration, ...
Funny, but in all my 62+ years, after buying a new car I never felt like it was a cause for celebration. More like I was just personally violated and had immediate buyers remorse - which wore off in a couple days.
There were only three exceptions -- when I got my '88 Benz, our 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and the 2002 Kia for our daughter (I had ALL the bottom line 'buy prices'). I also felt like celebrating in 1974 when I bought my 'pre-driven' '72 Cadillac Sedan Deville. I felt like I stole that one from the dealer. The tires alone were worth about $1K (brand new Goodyear Double Eagle, $200 ea iirc)
But nowadays I'd sooner poke my eyes out with a fork than buy one of those $40,000 Electric Mini Clown Car Death Traps. Or any of those mini 'hybrid' death traps. Or ANY gubmint motor or UAW made pieces of garbage.
Nope. Next new car is coming from Germany or South Korea (I don't like any Japanese made cars, been there with a Toyota)