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This pretty much hits the nail on the head.

MIL isn't the type to just give money - she doesn't feel comfortable doing that at all. She prefers to pay for a particular item instead. A big part of this is due to things that happened during DH's divorce: his ex begged MIL for some money behind DHs back, blew it all on stupid stuff, and then told the court he stole it.....also, ex had her lawyer try to go after MIL's money in the divorce.

MIL wants to make things "fair" between her sons, since she recently bought a bunch of stuff for my BIL, so she decided she would buy us a car. She won't give us the money, or spend it on anything else.

A gift is a gift, and I most certainly will not complain about it! While it doesn't make much of a change in our overall financial picture, it does provide us with safe, reliable, inexpensive (both to operate and maintain), family-friendly transportation. Good enough for me :)

It was only a suggestion, and if she feels comfortable with that purchase then by all means its a great deal and it does help you out. I agree, very grateful. I hope you can figure out what to do and it all works out for the best. i am sure it will if you are being proactive about it. Good Luck!
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