My wife and I have been going back and forth about buying a car. We've managed to get by without one, but I'm beginning to see the benefits of having one around. So in a month or two we should have about $5k put aside (assuming something doesn't come up to eat away at it), and I was wondering if I should go ahead and find a good used car for that amount or use it as a down payment on a new one. My father-in-law says that we should go ahead and buy a used car, since this will be our first car and we're trying to save up to buy a house, he feels as though we really don't need a car note right now. But I'm a lil' concerned about the whole "inheriting someone else's problem" bit. Advice? Freddy C.