Well....we did it. We bought a new car with an automatic transmission. I did not think it would be possible to find a car for the same payment that we were paying. God worked it out in our favor and we ended up buying a brand new Kia Sorrento-it is the same size as our Saturn Vue. Our payment will actually be $6.00 less per month that what we were paying on our 2005 Vue! It was hard for me to trade in my Vue though...I really liked that car....and....it was red-my fav! :( I know that not having to drive a stick shift will be better for my back so I know that we did the right thing but it is still kinda hard to see it go. I have always kidded around about not being able to drive an automatic-the last time that I had to I almost put us all through the wind shield when I hit the break, thinking it was the clutch! I guess it will just take some time to get used. Anyhoo-trying to shop for a car the last two days got me in a little "trouble" with my physical therapist. He "sentenced" me to bed for 2 days :(. I know that I should not have been out taking care of that, but it needed to be done before Brett has to go back to work next week. It is done now-so I will be good from now on! I irritated something in the left side of my spine so I am going to follow my PT's orders and stay in bed!
I have to just say....I was so excited when they pulled our credit for the car! We've always (only-ONLY by the grace of God) had really good credit but the people at the shop were stunned when they saw our score-I kidded with Brett because my score was higher than his!! Mine was 833 and his was "only" 805. I do not have any idea how one of ours could be lower or higher than the other but somehow it is. Anyways-I am thankful to God for His grace and His favor!
Update: I just called to transfer my car insurance and that monthly payment also went down! It turns out that the new car gets more discounts since it has a lot more safety features. :)