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Many years ago when my friend finished school he needed a new car. He had sticker shock on every vehicle he saw because he had never purchased one on his own AND, being new on the job market, he wasn't making much money. He bought a new Cavalier for $10,000.

At the same time his good buddy was also in the market for a vehicle. He selected a used Mercedes and the purchase price was the same $10,000.

Almost at the exact time the last payment was made of the Cavalier it blew up. It didn't actually explode, but the workings of the car were so poor it was not worth fixing and it had to be scrapped for what was essentially $0.

Coincidentally, the buddy sold his Mercedes around this same time for $6,000.

So of course the buddy did the math and showed the comptroller how much cheaper the Mercedes had been to drive. And to hammer the point home he finished by saying "And think about it, all this time you've been driving a Cavalier and I've been driving a Mercedes."

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