Okay, so I totaled my car. It's not official but the insurance guy, quote, "stopped writing when he got to $13k". It was a used 2008 mustang convertible v6, former dealer demo (guess, but used with 3.5k miles?), about $20k.
So while I'm waiting for official word from my insurance company, I need to get moving on a new car in the near future because I have travel obligations coming up in early enough August. I like the mustang, I'm in favor of getting a new mustang, the 2011 models are VERY nice, have much better MPG, I like the look of the mustang, and it's a car that, barring something unexpected, could last me 10 years. For the record, it was a no-fault crash, hydroplaning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it's my first accident of ANY KIND in 6 years of driving.
My friend wants me to look at at least two other cars to prevent me from making a rash decision (he's also not a big Ford fan), and so I want to oblige him since he's my best friend of almost 20 years (and when you're only 23, that's fuckin' significant). He recommended, since I like the mustang "style", the Dodge Charger and Chevy Camaro. They aren't bad choices, not at all, but I wanted to get a slightly "wider" group of opinions for cars I should look at.
I have, right now, an absolute price ceiling of about $30k, although depending on what insurance is going to pay, it'll be more like $25-27. I'm not technically employed, so I won't be getting financing, so keep that in mind when I mention my ceiling.
Suggestions? Advice? Know a decent dealership in the Pittsburgh area?