I cannot imagine purchasing a new car just for an ego trip.<quoted text>
Purchase of a new car is an economic decision based on cost of maintenance of one's existing car. Cost of car ownership is overwhelmingly driven by the capital cost of the car purchase. So, purchase of a new car is rarely justified unless one's existing car is unreliable.
Most decent automobiles are good for at least 150,000 to 200,000 miles, regardless of age.
Most people buy new cars to stoke their ego.
The people who manufacture goods don't give a damn where you buy them. In fact, the lower overhead of Walmart gives consumers more purchasing power, resulting in purchase of more goods.
Sustainability, reliability and overall resulting in LESS expense-by all means.
Anything else--just plain-