Well after much running around and dealing with strange people, I have a new car!
(yay) The ironic thing is that we were really looking for a good deal, and thought that the best chance for a good deal was from a private party. Well, we were wrong. On a whim, we went to the dealer where I bought my current car, after driving everywhere from Salem to Longview to look at private owner cars. The last guy was really strange – he would drone on and on and on when I spoke with him over the phone, and it wasn’t much better in person. It just so happened that he was just down the street a couple miles from this particular car dealer, so after that somewhat untasteful experience we said what the heck. I ended up getting just as good a deal or better from the car dealer, and I was able to trade in my Honda for close to what I was hoping to get, and I didn’t have to worry about the logistics of title/money transfers.