Ok, everyone...this is going to be a long post.... sorry. I'm really riding the fence. I've never purchased a "new" car ... always been off-lease or some other fasion of used....but new to me. my background - family of 5 ... 3 kids range from 11, 7, and 7mths. wife has a minivan - and is a stay at home mom currently. childcare and her income are almost equal....makes more sense for her to be home. I'm in the midwest - my house is roughly 400/mth. all utilities - power, water, gas, phone, cell, sat tv ...plus house is roughly 1600/mth I could swing it on unemployment - barely. I spent a year out of work due to cutbacks - etc. I'm now working but with a 40 mile one way commute. factor in going to lunch - and to make things simple - i drive 100 miles per day. Current car is 2000 chevy blazer 4.3 v6 4wd that gets 20mpg avg. driving highway with a few small towns and stop light in between. I'm a firm believer in cruise - which i set at 60 (shhh... speed limit is 55) ... this just makes sense for timing. mile a minute @ 60. anyway... So I spend roughly 450-500/mth on gas just to drive to work. 100miles per day * 5 days = 500 miles * 50 weeks (making it easy) = 25000 miles per year. /20 = 1250 gallons a year. 1250*$4/gal = $5000 /yr or /12 = 416 a month for gas. (a little low factoring 2 weeks off for vaca) Prius V has same cargo cu.ft. by comparison - and gets let's say 40mpg highway. 25000/40 = 625 gal per year. same calculation using 4per gallon = 2500/year or 208/month fuel cost. Now, we want to move closer to work for the 2 hours time saving = more family time - however we would be going from an overstuffed home to a little bit bigger home which in this case was a 79k house to about 110-135k home -- my payment will likely double on the house side... where the car side - fuel would cut in half with car - but also add a car payment where right now the blazer and wife's van are paid for. my question is this - and sorry it took that long to get to the point... but what's the right move here? we want to buy a house - we're in about 1200sq ft it's old no storage..etc. moving would double the mortgage bill. however, time and driving would be less. either way though, at some point my vehicle needs replaced. it's got a 195k on it and going, it does tow (atv, small camper) but it's also getting tired. Wife's van would tow atv ok, camper not so much - but we could rent a truck or borrow possibly if needed. travel - we don't really. especially on one income. so - i'm trying to weigh this decision - bigger house payment - a lot less mileage... paid for car.... I can buy a lot of gas compared to monthly on .... new car payment - offset by less gas, but still 350 or so more then i spend now... then try to move - mileage isn't really an issue... any thoughts? help!!