No issues at all explaining my story either!
I bought a 1991 Toyota Camry in 2006 when I turned 16 for $500 (used my b-day money saved from when I was 5!!) and drove that thing until it was time to buy my wife a new Nissan Juke (2 years ago). Once hers was paid off (I inherited her paid off Corolla) I traded in the corolla to buy this beauty! I turn 28 on the 17th.
I have been very blessed to get a job in the oilfield and keep it through this downturn for the past 3 years (This is what helped pay off her car in 2 years). Before that I worked retail and made my up to management. Still going to school currently as I've always had a fulltime job and paid for each semester out of pocket. No student debt. We don't keep any debt other than our house and current car note (max 1 car note at a time and make sure it fits in our budget). My dad taught me to be very smart financially and to not incur any unnecessary debt while saving at least 15% of take home pay. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE if you want to buy something....I shopped this truck for the past 2 years (as you notice not a very impulsive buyer - though I've been weak when it comes to buying things for my Canyon :( ). Only advice to younger folks like me is live within your means and budget. Only pay cash if you can and if you can't try to make sure it is for emergencies only... They will always have a sale as I tell my wife lol. It's not always rainbows and sunshine but the effort pays off in the long run.