Okay I lied. I didn't end up buying my mom's car. She decided it was probably better for her just to keep it. I then decided that because I want something I can keep a long time, I should buy something new. Ford had 0% financing and up to $1000 in cash back on new cars so I bought...
(That is my actual car.)
A 2011 Ford Fiesta. I picked it up yesterday and so far I love it. It's advertised to get 41mpg in the city and 55mpg on the highway. I can't complain about that! It's fun to drive and it's nice to have something that suits me a little better than a family sedan. I've been driving large vehicles most of my driving life so it's fun to have something a little small and sportier.
There's also this awesome interior lighting thing going on that I never knew about until I was driving it last night.
I thought the lighting was only around the cup holders and along the glove compartment, but it's on the floor too. You can pick between 2 shades of blue, white/clear, orange, purple, pink, and red. I can't decide which colour I like the best. Fun!
I'm so happy the search for a car is finally over. Now I can get back to important things like sleeping, eating, and sleeping.