I did it! I just purchased a new car! It's a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid. It's Titanium Green (really light smokey green) with eggshell accents. All leather interior, 6 disk in dash CD changer, power seats, power locks, power windows, keyless entry and a 110v electrical outlet in the dashboard. Most of that stuff comes standard on the Hybrid anyway - except the leather. With dogs, leather is easier to clean.
Dad helped me with the down payment - at least until I get the tax refund check from the Feds. Uncle Sam is still offering a $2,600 tax credit on the Escape. Dad loves the car. I think he likes the idea of me having cutting edge technology - the Hybrid.
It is a little disconcerting to pull up to a stop sign and feel the car engine stop, or be ideling and have it stop, but I guess I'll get used to it. It's supposed to get 36 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. Oil changes are 12 months/10,000 miles.
Welcome back to the world of car payments. Ugh. (I am accepting donations!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR to eveyone! XOXO