Well, my 1999 Dodge Caravan, with a mere 168,000 miles to its speedometer, has finally bitten the dust. First the brakes gave out, and then the bearings. I nursed it to the airport to deliver my sister to her flight back to the Big Apple, nursed it back home, and there it gave up the ghost. (D'ya think I coulda crammed in any more cliches into one paragraph?)
This does make me wish I hadn't put the $500+ into it a couple of months back, but it doesn't matter. The car is dead.
Onward to the expense of getting another vehicle.
I hate this part--not just the expense, but the actual searching for the right car. I know zilch about cars. All I really know to do is check Kelly Blue Book for prices. But how do I evaluate the condition of the engine?
And what make and model would be most appropriate?
I would really like a small, fuel-efficient vehicle. But with the two grandkids living with me, another minivan would probably be the best option.
I need another payment like I need a hole in the head (Sheesh! Enough of the cliches already!)
Obviously, if I have to have payments, a three year plan is better than a five year plan. But would it be better to go with the lowered payments of a five year loan just in case I have trouble making higher payments? I could always double up on the payments and get it paid off sooner.
I'm thinking of getting a car in the $6000 to $8000 price range. My sister is giving me $1200 for the down payment.
Arrgh! Did I say I hate this?