This might just tip us over to the cheap side of the spectrum.... up until recently we had what I called a "fingers crossed car." You know, I cross my fingers it will get us where we want to go without breaking down. It was a hand-me-down from my dad - he gave it to me when my mom upgraded and he got her hand-me-down a couple of years ago. We call him Diego, because at the time we got him we had a purple Ford Explorer (another hand-me-down) that I called Dora.
Diego's future is the same as Dora's fate: auctioned off and the proceeds go to charity (we picked the U.S. Humane Society). It was an easy process last time, USHS arranged everything and the auction company came and picked up Dora while we were at work. A few weeks later we got a receipt for the tax purposes - USHS got 80% and 20% went to the auction company. Now every time I see that model purple explorer I wonder if it is Dora.
Overall, Diego has been a reliable car. He's only broken down on us once and although he might be ugly (and a bit smelly), he could still last a long time. Hopefully he'll have a new life with someone else who really needs him.
Bye Bye Diego.