As you may know, my baby girl, now 8 mos.old, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It’s a nasty bitch of a disease. The gist of it is she essentially has very little muscle strength whatsoever, across her entire body, and will only get weaker with time. This causes respiratory complications.
Her mental capacity is not impaired at all. She’s pretty sharp.
She requires a number of bulky pieces of medical equipment, with more equipment to come. These will need to be transported if we are to take her places, even short trips. We may need a special battery in the vehicle at some point.
She is currently using a car bed, where she can lay flat so she doesn’t choke in a car seat.
My understanding is that she will probably outgrow the car bed and advance to a special medical stroller with tie downs. This will lead to a power wheelchair.
We currently have two compact cars. We have decided we probably need two cars. That means dumping my wife’s car for a bigger car that can accommodate all this stuff. It must also be reliable, so no clunkers allowed.
Our financial picture is currently not so hot. We have some money now, but who knows how long that will last. We figure we should probably get a car now before our credit possibly tanks, and then we’ll have nothing.
Current Car: 2007 MINI
Current Auto Loan Payoff: ~$14k
Most recommended car for our needs: Used Honda Element
Hardly anyone in our area (Sacramento, CA) has used Elements. I’m thinking of trying the Bay Area (2 or 3 hours drive) or even Reno (2 hours) or Los Angeles/OC or even Portland, OR (8 or 9 hours drive) if I can save enough money to make the trip worthwhile.
My brain is fried on medical issues, caring for my daughter, and finally getting back to work (self employed) after a huge hiatus due to her recent surgery.
Any help on sorting through this, finding a good car, and buying it would be greatly appreciated.