I only bought one brand new car so far in my life. My wife and I went to a car dealer and decided on the car literally within ten minutes at the first dealer we went to. To our defense, it was a very good bargain, some sort of “anniversary deal” they were offering. We did a little bit of research beforehand, but I don’t think most people wouldn’t shoot from the hip like that. I know some people who do months of research, visit a whole bunch of dealers and test drive dozens of cars before they finally decide. I guess I don’t take it that seriously because a) the price range I can afford narrows down the choices quite substantially, and b) I don’t drive much in the first place, so any bad choice would affect me 3 hours a week. If I spent 2 hours a day commuting, I’d probably care more.
Even though my interest in cars is limited, I do have to say that I enjoyed the sensation of driving and owning a brand new car. It’s great to not have to worry about anything. That time has passed now, and I’m back to having to think about maintenance, oil, tires, air condition etc. I think if I ever won the lottery, I’d rather buy a new average car every three years than buy one Lambo. I’m certainly not going to get a WW2 car and restore it, haha.