Anyway, not getting a bike is probably good, at least for now and in the weather you've got to drive in. I've periodically checked Ebay but the price of the BMW MINIs just isn't budging, the best I found was a 2003 with 80,000m for $9000.
Still looking for a car? I'd be interested to know how the search is going.
Also, if you want cheap transport, get a small, old, Japanese or British motorbike. I just bought one about three weeks ago for ?300, did a little work and it's a great little bike. Not extremely fast- tops out at about 65mph- but really fun to thrash around and pretty economical too.