Does the Quest have removable seats?If so, it seems like something you could do right off is shift vehicles and dispose of the most questionable car and save on fuel for the au pair's vehicle.Your DH drives the Quest.You drive the Lexus, since it looks like the au pair's vehicle gets significantly more annual miles than yours does.Buy the au pair a Civic or equivalent and save the mpg on the car that does the most driving.DH could even drive the Lexus, since it looks like the mpg are roughly equivalent. Then just use the Quest for dog shows.This gets DH out of his vehicle (and I agree with you about the safety) and starts cutting gas costs immediately.One caveat is the rate on the auto insurance if the 19 yo is driving a newer car vs the older Lexus. Depending on how your auto insurance rates cars and drivers it could make a difference, so you'd want to call your agent and make sure you wouldn't eliminate any gas savings by a change in insurance rates. Although if repairs are becoming more frequent, lowering the amount of mileage the car gets could possibly extend the time between repair bills also.And then replace the Lexus when you find the "right" car for you. The Quest seems as though it should be good for some time, and then you aren't out of pocket on replacing that vehicle.I have no idea if this is workable based on your needs, but I wanted to throw it out there for discussion.
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