A link, thanks to Instapundit, to "How to break in a new car." Just who buys new cars anymore?
Growing up, people in my middle/middle/middle class neighborhood and in our extended family always bought new cars. Otherwise, "we would be buying someone else's problems." For some families (not ours), the ritual was that one would trade in for a new car each year.
The decline in Western Civilization since the 50's and 60's probably accounts for the change. Or maybe Carmax.