I did some looking around online at used cars. I want something that will last and be much newer than my 14 year old vehicle. I showed a few printouts of what I was interested in to my Dad. "If you're going to spend that kind of money, you might as well go for new". He is right.
I've only owned one new car, a 1987 Dodge Charger. It was a fun car to drive, 5 speed, but I had some issues with it from day one. I swore I would never buy a new vehicle again. Granted, in 1987 they built it as a disposable car - not really built to last a lot of years. Nowadays it's different, when you can get a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty, you know the vehicle is built to last.
I have become tired of driving vehicles that I don't trust to take on long trips or too far from home. I'm sick of feeling like a loser having to call Daddy every time something goes wrong with my car, I'm not a 17 year old kid after all. Buying an older vehicle may be a lot cheaper than new but, it's not going to last anywhere near as long before you have to start dumping money into it for repairs.
The seed had been planted, I convinced myself new was the way to go. The thought of actually owning a shiny new vehicle that I actually got to pick out sparked a Christmas morning feeling in me.
Back to the internet to research..........I'm thinking a mid-sized SUV, I've always wanted an SUV.