We finally got a new vehicle!! Wrote a check, paid for it and picked it up today :) Here's us signing the paperwork to sell them our minivan and buy the new SUV.
We've been ready to buy a new car since November. Originally we decided that we were going to get another newer minivan - a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan but then we started thinking about gas prices and we reconsidered. Minivans only get 16-18 mpg and with all of the driving that we do every month our gas budget has just gotten higher.
So then we started looking at cars/SUVs that got better gas mileage. We looked at the Honda Accord, Honda Fit, the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight. The last two are hybrid cars that get 45 mpg but they are pretty small. A big step down from the roominess of our minivan. Then we came across the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. It's an SUV hybrid that gets an average of 34 mpg in the city. After checking it out online and finding one (and only one) for sale in the metroplex we decided that that was the car for us!
I got a little sentimental about my old 2003 Ford Windstar with 150K miles on it when we traded it in but the new car was ready to go so I was only sentimental for a bit :)
Here is our new 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. It has 39K miles and an upgraded interior and we love it!