In a slight predicament that looks to put the new car search on hold. Instead leaning towards being more responsible and getting my own apartment. I could go with cheaper apartment options which would net me an additional $300 +/- in car note money but that would also deny certain amenities I’m looking for, namely a balcony and on site laundry. Looking like the Protege shall have to live on as my sole transportation for a while longer. :-(