Since you mentioned your 2 big dogs, I am going to assume that you bring the dogs when you drive your car.
If this is correct, it sounds like you need a station wagon, a SUV or a Van.
These type of vehicles can be difficult to find in your price range depending on where you live.
You might want to see if you could find a Saturn station wagon, A Grand Cherokee or Dodge Caravan.
BUT, you MUST, MUST, MUST have the vehicle brought to a professional mechanic for a THOROUGH inspection. I
〉 Answered on Jul 25th, 2007 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd