I remember when buying a new car was not a knockdown drag out fight to the death of your entire savings. You took pride in your “vehicle of transportation” and could have it paid off and enjoy it for years before it needed tons of work.
We never had a “new” car when I was a kid. My Dad maintained it forever, until our poor car had congestive heart failure and died and not matter how hard my Dad tried he couldn’t save it.
Usually there was only one or two dealerships in a town and 2 or 3 garages. You could change your own oil if you were handy. It didn’t cost an arm and a leg to have it done.
BTW, none of the cars came with seat belts. There were no child seats. We drove just as fast as we do now, and our biggest distraction were lighting cigarettes, and hollering at kids. Nobody ate food in the car unless it was a sandwich brought from home.
Next time I’ll tell you about my first brand new car and about my first used car.