1. Euphoria (that new car smell) - Everything about the car is AMAZING. Look at this! Look at that! There's a button that does this! There's a switch that tells you when you need to go to the bathroom! They've thought of everything! Every time you get into the car, you breathe in those toxic (yes toxic) fumes of new car-ness. Wonderfully euphoric. It's at this point that the cost of the vehicle, the soul(s) you had to sell in order to get into the payments evaporate into distant memories. You adjust the seat several times to find the perfect position. You preset the radio with your favorite stations and remark on just how much better music sounds in this vehicle. You make a standing rule that NO HUMAN WILL EVER EAT IN THIS VEHICLE! You quite honestly wish to keep this feeling as long as you possibly can. It's true love as crushy as it gets.
2. Woah! The breaks/Gas/ etc are pretty different. - Usually in the first week, you run into all of the idiosyncrasies of your new car. "Wow! those are really strong breaks!" This is usually said as the person behind you nearly rear-ends you. The acceleration is different. You hope to the better, but sometimes there is a bit of a response wait between the pushing down on the gas and the acceleration of the car. you realize that your turning radius is very different. no more 7 point turns to make a U turn in the road. OR 'Ouch! I didn't think I'd hit the curb!' It takes a week or so to get used to all the little strange bits involved with your new car.
So the next time you drive down the road and see a rickety rust bucket that can barely keep itself together long enough to get through the intersection. Just remember. At probably more than one point in it's life, someone said 'That sounds like a fair price for that car, I'll take it'