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As a general rule, anything acquired during a marriage is considered marital property and is subject to division in any divorce action. But if you purchased a vehicle after separating, then since the vehicle will likely be worth as much as is owed, or possibly even less, the judge should assign that debt to you in any eventual divorce along with the vehicle.
So yes you can purchase the vehicle and should do so using money that you acquire post separation so as to further establish this as your property and not a marital asset.