Best used car for senior citizen?

Asked by Spudsiy Jul 19, 2021 at 11:29 PM

Question type: General

Hi everyone. I'm looking to buy a used car for my 82-year old father. I
wanted to buy him a brand new car, but sadly I simply don't have the
money. My dad is suffering from arthritis and his mobility is not what it used
to be. I have no idea how much longer he plans on driving. I would prefer
that he doesn't drive at all, but you know how dads are!

I really don't know what to take into consideration for senior citizens when
looking for a good used car. Obviously it must be mechanically reliable. He
is not going to drive long distances. He is not tech savvy. The fewer bells &
whistles it has the better. I would think a car that is easy to get in and out,
along with comfortable seating would be important. We live in the Chicago
area, so perhaps AWD or 4WD for the winter if he feels so bold? I don't
know what else to think about for him. Am I missing anything?

I don't have a lot of money. Is there anything good for under $10K?

I would appreciate any recommendations, especially from anyone has been
(or is currently) in a similar situation.

Thank you!

2 Answers

Comfort and safety is important. I would look at Toyota or Lexus. Perhaps an Avalon.

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Tell your Dad your price range and let him pick. After all he's going to be driving it. When he sees something he likes, check out carcomplaints.com and see what current owners are saying about those vehicles. Get a vehicle history report such as Carfax when he picks out a specific vehicle he likes. Your Dad is in my parent's generation so he'll probably want an American vehicle. Ford is, in my opinion, your best option. GM and Chrysler are troublesome. Years ago GM was very good, but not anymore! So it might take some convincing if Dad was/is a GM guy. Remember, they filed for bankruptcy for a reason. Hope that helps! Jim

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