well, i finally bit the bullet and got a new car today. with all the snow we get in the area we live in, a vehicle with 4 wheel drive was needed for my sanity. it's probably not the best time to be spending a large amount of cash with only a single income at the moment, but at least i'll be able to get to work in the snow easier!!! i traded in my jeep compass (for a decent amount!) and get a killer deal on a new auto. it's a 2008 used (with only 2600 miles!) jeep commander. i love it!!! now i just need to figure out how to fit it in the garage!!