A Car Buying Guide For Retirees

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There comes a time in every person’s life when they can no longer walk into a car dealership and choose any car that takes their fancy. It’s called retirement age, and it affects much more than just our working habits. At this point in our lives, we have to think about factors that we have never had to think about before. The synergy and fit with our cars becomes much more important, as does the type of car we choose.

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The Shape of the Car

If you’ve been working hard all your life then you probably have plenty of cash to splash on the car of your dreams. Unfortunately, buying that expensive sports car might not be a feasible option because of its shape. As you get older, it’ll be more difficult to get into cars that are low to the ground. Instead, take a look at vehicles that are higher off the ground and are easier to get into to. Even if you could get into the car now, you should think about the next 5 – 10 years.

Buying New V Used

Whatever age you are, it’s always difficult to decide if you should buy a new or used car. While there are plenty of great deals on used cars for sale, if you buy one that is too outdated you might find that it lacks the necessary safety and comfort features you need to have the peace of mind as you’re driving about town. However, both used and new cars can come with a warranty, which means if you do face any troubles then there’ll be taken care of, so if you find a used car that you love and which meets your needs, don’t be put off just because it’s not brand new.

Safety Features and Reliability

More than the look and entertainment features of a vehicle, older people need to be paying close attention to a car’s safety and reliability qualities before they make a decision on which car they should purchase. Cars these days come packed with innovative safety features, but some have more than others, so have a detailed conversation with your car salesman and make sure they know that it is safety that you’re really looking for. Reliability is also essential, especially if you’re planning to use the car daily as a run around to visit friends and family and the shops.

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Make Sure You Know What You’re Buying

Comfort becomes more important as our bodies begin to age. As such, it’s important to fully understand the car you’re buying, including the parts that can be adjusted to meet your individual needs, such as seat position and steering wheel height. You may want to add cushions to the seat to add extra comfort, too.

Safety Nets

It becomes more and more important as we get older that we are protected should something go wrong with our vehicle. For instance, make sure you have roadside assistance to come to your rescue should you break down, and also that your car is equipped with an emergency kit plus bottles of water.

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