It seems my old faithful car of the last 10 years is finally on it's way out. :( It's still drivable for short errands around town, so we have some time to shop around, but we do need to replace it. The question is, with what? We have 2 kids. We are a 1 car family (dh works from home). The car is used for various errands in our small town, monthly shopping trips to the city (160 miles round trip), and visits to my family 200 miles away. We are definitely planning a 3rd child (a 4th and 5th aren't out of the question either), but I'd like to avoid pregnancy for about another year. Neither dh or I enjoy driving large vehicles, but of course we are probably going to need one eventually as our family grows. We are buying used, we haven't decided on a car budget yet, but it won't be big.
So, do we buy a mini van now, or get a car for 18 months or so and have to trade it in for a van when the next babe is on the way?