My friend said cars are a pain. What he meant was that his car was a lot of trouble. I suppose he must have bought a "lemon", that is, a car full of problems and not worth its keep.
Not everybody feels the same way about cars. To some, cars are just machines on wheels. These people hunt for the best value. They look for vehicles that are affordable but reliable, gas efficient, comfortable enough, reasonably safe and not too expensive to repair. In contrast, you have also seen owners who lovingly polished their machines, dressing them in fancy seat covers, and attaching cute little doodads to the windows.
To some, cars are not machines. They are the emotional extensions of their owners. Think about the adrenalin high when one looks at a BMW. The status, speed and wealth identified with the BMW are certainly tempting. Think Jaguar, and we picture the sleek, dangerous, fast and powerful black cat with rippling muscles leaping after its prey. What about the latest hot wheels - the mini-vans and jeeps? They spell outdoors, young, sporty, carefree, cool. Or cute little Smart cars - trendy, city, efficient, modern.
There is also a special class of car owners - the sentimental. To them, modern day vehicles are artistic disasters - tasteless and boring. For them, the only real cars are vintage - those really old-fashion vehicles you see in movies about the days of our great grandparents. These cars may be antique but not ugly. They are polished to a dazzling shine, with spotless chrome and bright clean tires.
As for me, I shudder at the cost of a new vehicle. So for now, just get me a sturdy used car that can bring me from here to there without breaking down. Besides, I do not have to fret about someone running an initiation scratch on the new paint job.