Thank you all for your time and effort, btw.
I would not get a loan for a different car. I realize what a mistake that would be, but thanks for the warning!. I have some money saved.
To be honest about not keeping the Rav, I was homeless for a month a year ago, could easily be again soon (no substance abuse problem, college degree, middle aged, health issues, but couldn’t tell you why I couldn’t get a job for over 2 years.It’s bad out there.) and I can’t recline in the Rav, so want a van in case.
No it wasn’t the oil light, it was the check engine. I have wondered why the oil light didn’t come on if I was getting ‘catastrophic failure due to oil starvation’ as 3 mechanics said, but it never did. I used to change my own oil and know more than average about cars, even tho I’m a woman, that’s why I was meticulous about cheking the oil level frequently. I could afford a quart of oil. I did wonder why I didn’t need to add oil.
Anyway, the day I picked it up it stopped, just died, no shudder, about 23 miles from the dealer on
PHC at Zuma Beach. I got a jump start, drove it about half a mile or mile, died again. Battery WAS corroded (they are covered so I couldn’t see when I picked up). I was going to check the oil when I picked it up, but could tell the Dealer was in a hurry for me to be out and succumbed to the pressure (maybe my biggest failing). Anyway then 2 mechanics (1 the dealer’s) looked at it and said catastrophic failure due to oil starvation’.
So one of my biggest anxieties right now is what to do about the Rav and geting a van.
Thanks again for your help.