After car shopping and crunching numbers, we got to experience a car-miracle.
We've been having electrical problems in the car for a while now. We replaced the alternator in January and that didn't fix the problem. We replaced the battery in March and that didn't fix the problem. We were certain that whatever it was would be expensive and could cause us to sell the car and buy a new one.
It was the alternator. Apparently, the one they put in back in January was faulty. My new favorite word is warrantee.
Since my car isn't getting any younger, we are still car shopping. With a working car, though, it's more like research. We can handle that.