in April or so a forklift dented the back of my old Odyssey, took it to a shop, insurance totaled it (it didn’t look that bad but apparently the crumple zone etc), and i don’t have that car anymore.
we do have a 9 and a 13 year old and the odyssey was convenient for trips, camping, cello lessons etc. so we were starting to look for a minivan using costco, in the low-mid $30s, but they all have these dealer packages or markups and are out-the-door in the 40s or 50s, but we were hoping on spending in the 30s. we are now open to a regular car or station wagon etc but just looking for any practical advice on any decent family car. manufacturer and dealer and e.g. consumer reports are all fine but they report (ridiculous) prices about 10-15k below what i (through costco) can actually get out the door, so that’s why im asking here. We would greatly appreciate any advice on choices for a family, ideally in the $30s?