I'm getting married in a couple of months and I need to get a car for my fiancee mainly just for her to go back and forth to work, run errands, and take the kids wherever they need to go. It will get the occasional 100 mile round trip to see her family and 4-5 times a year would probably go on a trip of several hundred miles. Here are the (general) options I am considering and I'm not sure what is best.
Let her have the Subaru SVX I've been DDing: It's a slightly fragile car, with expensive hard to find parts and it needs some trans work, probably a starter soon, and has a small oil leak. I don't mind driving the car as it is, but I would definitely want to fix some things before I sent her off in it with the kids. Plus it only gets 22mpg on a good day and I would be back to DDing my GTI, which I am trying to set aside to make into the fun/race car
Buy a cheap beater for now: In the $1-2000 range I'm looking at older, higher mileage, crappier car and probably a somewhat unknown history. I don't want to put her in a beater but with the wedding coming up this is a more financially responsible decision. With this I would probably be wary of the several hundred mile round trip and would probably take the GTI
Buy or Lease a cheap new car: Buy a stripper base model car like a no options Accent, Versa or similar. It will be new, reliable, get the best gas mileage and not be an embarrassment to drive, but it will be the most costly and I'll be stuck in a payment. I've never leased, but if there is a good case for a lease I'd consider it.
What does TCL say? So far I've just been keeping my eyes open for whatever I see if any of the above options make sense. I've seen some pretty good lease deals lately and I keep my eye on the local classifieds in case a deal comes up.