Honestly we suck at buying cars. I am looking forward to buying a newer used car in the future when we can afford a bit better options, that's for sure.
We have two vehicles right now -- a 2000 Civic with ONE payment left on it (woot!) and a 2000 Windstar that we've had for 2 years and the mechanic's had it more often than we have. So the Civic is up for inspection this month and we bring it in. $350 for the fixins for that. Drop off the Windstar when I pick up the Civic because #1, the check engine light is on AGAIN (hopefully it's just a stupid reason), #2 the oil needs changed, and #3 we need to get the stupid mirror fixed AGAIN and #4 get a quote to fix the rust (which given what my mechanic told me, we probably won't decide to do). And then we're selling that POS, if we can, so...
... hopefully in a month, we will be car-payment free!!!
And hopefully the repairs on the Ford won't be more than $500 because that's all the space I have left on Ye Olde Citibank Card. Fun times.