I got up yesterday morning to take the trash out to the curb and my 2002 toyota sienna mini-van was not in my driveway. I called the police/insurance etc. and now I am just waiting. I guess insurance waits 48 hours to file a claim as most cars show up within that time frame. Mine hasn't yet. It really sucks as it was in good shape and I'll never be able to buy another one like it for the 6k or so they'll give me for it. Also, it had a sweet sound system with XM radio and I just spent $700 getting a tow hitch on it for bicycles.
So, if it doesn't show up...what kind of car should I be looking for? I have the money for just about anything under 40k, but cars, which are depreciating assets are not how I want to spend my savings at the moment. I have two tall kids (12 and 13) that play sports, like to go road biking and skiing, travel a lot, have a biggish dog and often wind up taking my kids friends around.
a) Replace my minivan with a similar one for about 9k
b) Buy a highlander for about 33k new (nice it has seating for 6)
c) Highlander used for about 25k
d) Blow the whole thing on an Acura MDX (again, seating for six)
e) Buy a smaller, newer, fuel efficient (mazda 3 or similar) car and suck up the not being able to take bikes (4 adult size)
f) Hyundai Tucson for about 23k...has all the cargo space I need, just lacking passenger space