I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.
So long as you do not mix your inheritance money with marital assets, that money will remain your personal property
and your husband will not have a claim to it. However, if you spend it paying off assets that are already marital, the money will lose it's protected status as personal property and become marital property.
You would be better off buying a new car and using only your money to pay for it---that way the car will remain your personal property.
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