" I drove the same 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass for 33 years to impress my superiors that I wasn’t wealthy."
Well, I think that we are fairly similar, Triedaq.
While–like you–I would also like to let people know that I am not interested in the trappings of wealth, I don’t think that we are typical. Or, at least we are not typical of the auto leasers whom I know.
I submit the case of somebody whom I know, who is an inveterate gambler.
While I own my own spacious home on 3/4 of an acre (free and clear), in an upscale rural area, and while I have owned all of my vehicles outright over the past 4 decades or so, he lives in a small apartment in a dodgy, urban neighborhood. He leases a new Cadillac every 3 years, because, “It really impresses the doorman when I pull up to the casino”. He and his wife live–literally–hand to mouth, from one month to another.
Clearly, you and I are interested in impressing different people than he wants to impress–and for different reasons–and I dare to say that we are probably both on a much firmer financial footing than he is.