Youngest son took me car shopping today. In the space of an afternoon we visited all four car dealers in Littleton. Wow. Most of ;'em started at $10k for high mileage mini cars. We didn't find anything to fall in love with. The best of the batch was a Kia with 93K miles on the clock. It had a manual trans, which is a plus, but the road noise on the highway was a bit daunting.
Clearly more hunting is in order.