The brakes don't work. The windshield wipers don't work. Sometimes the airbag light goes on for no real reason (what does that mean? Could the airbag just randomly deploy...?!?), it makes weird sounds and vibrates if idling too long, exhaust spews out the back (which I am trying to counteract by recycling but still am overridden with guilt....even though it does still pass emissions...not sure how, but it did). It is time to seriously consider looking for a new car. Oh yes, I forgot the most important thing, the headlights do not work. Not in a way that can be fixed, like chasing the bulbs, but in some weird way that no one knows how to fix. Really, driving at night, or in shadows is quite horrifying. Sooooo........what to do?
We aren't big enough to justify a minivan. However, we will be soon (not that soon, don't get excited). The gas would be too much, the price too much, and I just don't feel justified in that yet. We can't get a new car because we will likely need something bigger in the next five years or so and if we get a new car it has to last at least like ten years. So, we're in a pickle.
I have been looking at crossovers, which are like mini-van meets car type things (but way cooler than station wagons). For example the Mazda 5. I think the Mazda 5 is pretty awesome, we test drove one last year when we got the honda, but it was (and still is) too much money (though less than a mini-van which is what we are considering). Or I also like the Chrysler Pacifica.
However, Blaine and I both have it stuck in our brains that you have to buy either a Toyota or a Honda to get a good car.
And we are both scared to buy a used car because we won't know how to fix it, should trouble arise. And we are both scared of negotiating with car sales people. Scary.
So. Please tell me your opinion, what would you get...new or used? Van or crossover? Now or later? I am excited to hear your thoughts....