Doing Our Part
So, you know those economic stimulus checks that will be going out? We're going to be using ours for a down-payment on a new car for my husband.
Old Faithful, his Acura Integra that has 230,000 miles on it, has suffered numerous indignities over the years, but the final straw seems to be that the driver's side door handle refuses to open the door from the inside.
My husband is reduced to unrolling the window to let himself out of the car. I suggested we just weld the door shut and he can pretend he is a race-car driver. He says no.
Besides, he's turning 40 this June, and he's been driving this car since he graduated from college in 1990. It's time.
So, the question is - what do we get for him? My requests - can fit all five members of our family, good safety rating, good gas mileage, not going to break the bank to maintain properly.
His request - attractive, a good sound system including an MP3 input jack and fun to drive.
He's so superficial. I guess this is supposed to be his "midlife crisis car," right?
We are gravitating towards a four-door sedan-type thing. I've already got a minivan, and he's not a big fan of the cross-over or SUVs and you know if he bought a truck I'd put him to work hauling stuff.
So, I'm looking for some recommendations here. I've had the chance to test drive the Ford Taurus X and also the Saturn Vue Hybrid, and we enjoyed both. Tell me what kind of tires we should go kick. I'm hoping to keep this under 30 grand, too - and under 25 grand would be even better.
I'm also looking for good financing - are any of the manufacturers offering really sweet 0% deals right now? Help a mama out.