Another AskMetafilter user wonders whether she should buy a new luxury car:

Should I buy a luxury car or a practical car? I’m a 27 year old female. I’m single and have no kids. I want to get a luxury car (nothing ridiculous, probably a BMW 325 or IS 250) but I’m wondering if I will regret buying it, as I don’t really NEED it… but I just want it. I don’t have any obligations today, and I can afford it — why not treat myself? However, the practical side of me says I don’t really need it and I would be fine driving a practical car (i.e. a Camry) as long as it gets me from point A to point B. I don’t want to lease or buy used as I plan to keep this car until it breaks down!

The first comment is excellent:

If you can really afford it — you’re paying cash, you’re already putting enough money into your 401-k to get the full employer match, you’re putting extra money into an IRA, you’ve got three (or six) months extra cash saved up, you don’t have any looming debt — then I think you should go for it. That’s what money’s for: buying things.

The entire discussion is good, revealing how much we invest in our vehicles as representations of our selves.