I joked about having gap insurance and "something" happening to the car and Meth didn't like that, so seems like my only options to pay Mercedes/BMW note for a Kia, which admittedly are extremely nice, feature filled, and reliable cars, their reputation just has to catch up, or just take that credit hit and get something that'll work better for me. I need an SUV. I saved up cash to get a cash SUV, used. Can free up that almost 5 bills a month.
I am also a Government worker with a secret security clearance, you can have a few credit bumps and things here and there but too many affect that status so I'm weighing that as well.
Sucks because I am so analytical most of the time with things, do all the research, read reviews, compare, etc and typically make such good decisions in my life but like the 3 ****** up ones I have made are the most damaging and long term.