To quote some other lyrics, "Snakes are shedding and so am I"
My car lepersy seems to be subsiding and I've got a 2005 Dodge Neon to call my own. Low mileage, and there are a lot of fanatics that are helpful over at http://www.neons.org
I tend to keep cars until they no longer function. I did that with my original Dodge Colt in the high school and college days, to the Ford Aerostar, to the Dodge Stratus, and now I pan on pretty much doing the same with the Neon. The only difference this time is that the Neon only has 22k miles on it whereas previous cars usually already had over 50k on them. Even though we have 2 little ones, this car makes the sense for me since I drove the most overall and this gets well over 30 miles per gallon in a world with ever rising gas prices.
I looked into hybrids but unfortunately there seems to be a lot of waiting lists and cars going for more than retail. I am hoping my next vehicle will be some sort of hybrid and by that time, prices will have normalized and there will be a decent amount of supply to meet demand.
Thankfully with good credit, good home equity, and a clean driving record, I was able to get everything arranged pretty easily. Insurance wasn't much more than the 1999 Stratus because of the good crash test results of the Neon compared to the Stratus.
All in all, after a lot of research and tension, I think I made a good choice. It is also a reason I've been so silent the past few days. If I wasn't at work, I was researching cars and cleaning up the Ford Aerostar and Dodge Stratus for sale. When I was at work during lunch time, I was working on bank commitments.