There are some people who can't tell the difference in a 123 car and a 2000 model C Class. Some people think of cars in the terms of image, statement, etc., I personally drive a Benz because they are reliable, solid and pleasant to drive. I don't pay much attention to what others think about it. The way I look at it, if your life is in order, and you're doing nothing to be ashamed of, what other people think is their problem.
It was great to hear more about you. I'm a veteran myself, although not a retired one. I was in the Army from '68 to '71 I would have loved to fly in the military, but didn't have the eyesight for it. As an American, I thank you for your service.
Don't ever let anyone let you feel a certain way because of the car you drive. If it were a new Lamborghini, it wouldn't change what's in your heart.
Have a great day,
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