If this is a second car, I would park it until you had the money to fix it, and settle on living with one car for awhile. If its your only car, think out of the box — is there any way your husband can get around without it until the money is saved to fix it? Bike to work, jog to work? Since your husbands wants a new car he probably is not interested in that level of sacrifice, but others reading this with similar plight might run with this idea. I've seen people shorten the life of a car by not checking oil and maintaining it. It wastes money when a vehicle's condition is not monitored and maintained as it should, and lasts only 70,000 miles when it could have lasted many more years. Just for future reference if it applies.