I've often heard people say that they like to make major changes in their lives just because it's "time for a change." In other words, they are willing to make major life changes just for the sake of change. While I respect their opinions and am not being critical of them, I find major changes in my life to be far too worrisome and/or expensive to be carried out just for the sake of change. In fact, I won't even rearrange my furniture unless I have a compelling reason like being able to gain more floor space. For me to make a significant change in my life, such as buying a new home or car or changing jobs, I would need to be backed into the corner and/or see the change as financially, medically, psychologically, or emotionally expedient.
I bought and moved into a new home in 2005 after owning my previous home for over 18 years. I wouldn't have done it then if it hadn't been for two factors that drove my decision. First, the neighborhood had significantly started to degrade and I no longer felt comfortable there. Second, the house was starting to need a lot of maintenance and, since I'm not a handyman, it was going to cost me a lot of money. In addition, my new house is 25% larger, has a garage, and therefore provides quite a bit more space for storage. So, as much as I hate all the hassle of moving, I felt that the move was justified and finally made the decision to get on with it.
In addition, I'm 46 years old and have only owned five automobiles in my entire life. I would surmise that most people (especially men) my age have owned nearly twice that many. I want to hold on to them as long as I can because I dread the task of buying a car. I will only exchange cars when the one I have has gotten to the point where it's costing more to maintain it than what it's worth.