The great car question has been resolved and the maybe Rolling Stones were right. Perhaps you can't always get what you want, but –if you try– sometimes you get what you need. This is definitely the case with the car quest. I now am the proud owner of a bona-fide Dad-mobile. I'll post some pictures later, but it's not a truck and I am (quite honestly) very happy with the way it all worked out.
More to come, but right now Shania is on and, well, duty calls.