So...update on my car philosophy.
The Honda officially cannot be driven on the highway anymore. I had left it down south with my mother, but I decided I prefer the Honda to the Mitsubishi so I would retrieve my Honda and sell the Mitsubishi.
I tried to drive it back up north at the beginning of August and it overheated for the 3rd time this summer. The mechanic told me it was a $2500 repair job. I was 5 hours from my hometown. With a combination of driving it carefully and below the speed limit plus getting it towed part of the way, I made it 5 hours back to my hometown and left it with my mother again. That's where it will stay.
I was trying to bring it back up north and sell the Mitsubishi. I thought I was correcting a mistake I had made. I should have waited to purchase another car until the Honda had officially died FIRST.
As soon as I got back up north (I had to fly back - expensive at the last minute!), and as soon as I got back in the Mitsubishi, I began to like it. Everyday I like it more. I think I like it now because I really NEED it, plus it has no payments.
Well, a week ago I was stuck after school for 3 hours due to a dead battery, then towed home because the mechanic could not jump start the battery. I was so done with the whole dead battery issue in this car.
I took the car to a dealership. They searched like looking for a needle in a haystack (their words) for 4 days and finally found the problem. That "problem mechanic" that I took the car to in January did not fully remove the after-market alarm system, causing some wires to stay live all the time and drain the battery constantly.
That's that. Other than needing new tires, the car runs well. The mechanic I used earlier this year has cost me about $600 in unnecessary repairs. Fortunately, the car emergency fund covered that. I'm past that now and looking forward to more debt snowballing.