The dog thing does complicate it I suppose. You could pretend you're blind...
Yea, I took the time to really consider what a car costs me and it's staggering really. Even if you don't have a car payment, you have to consider that you pay a hundred bucks or so each month for insurance, registration each year, inspections, lots of money on gas, the occasional thousand dollar fix that just kills you, the more occasional hundred or two hundred dollar fixes, and the much more common rotating tires/oil change bit.
And that's if you don't have a car payment. I just can't understand how a law student could possibly begin to afford a car if s/he had a three hundred dollar car payment each month.
Which is one reason I want to live in Pittsburgh. I can survive without a car.