The privilege of being able to live without a car supersedes the privilege of having the most expensive car.
In other words, it is a bigger and stronger flexed to tell other people that you don’t own a car, rather than you owning a car. “Via negativa success” is what I call it. Similarly speaking, the ability to live without a smart phone is actually much more impressive than owning the newest iPhone Pro.
Therefore, the best way to distinguish yourself is not by owning the most expensive and obscure things, but rather, distinguishing yourself on what you don’t have, even though you can afford it.