Car Buying Tips for Seniors Finding the Right Car for you

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Car Buying Tips for Seniors Finding the Right Car for you

For almost everyone, car shopping is a puzzling experience and for seniors even more scary because they may not know about the latest features, models, and tactics used by salespeople.  The search involved patience, research, and test drives. 

Car lots are known to have salespeople who are pushy and who will haggle you to make a quick decision.  By doing research and taking time to think about what matters most to you, you can avoid getting into these sticky situations.  Here are some points to consider: 

Interior space: How much room do you need inside the vehicle? Do you normally drive alone or do you usually have additional passengers? Will you be towing pets and luggage around in this vehicle? Is this vehicle mainly for short, routine drives around town or long road trips? 

Entry and Exit: Will you have problems getting in and out of certain types of vehicles? Could this vehicle be a problem in the future when and if your ability to enter and exit starts to decline? 

Visibility: Can you easily look around in all directions while driving or are these likely to be future blind spots? Do you need bigger side and review mirrors to help you see other cars around you? 

Cost: What is your price range without going over budget? Can you pay cash or will you need special financing with loans? What are you comfortable spending in terms of maintenance, up keep, tires, fuel, etc.? 

Size and Shape: Do you feel most comfortable in a large car or a sedan? Do you prefer sitting up higher such as in an SUV or lower on the road such as in a sedan? 

Compare and research 

There are many websites that offer you the ability to compare and research from the comfort of your own home.  Some of the best websites include: Other websites are more focused on selling you a vehicle then helping you to do research.  These websites offer side-by-side comparisons and tools for finding specific car features that you may want.  These websites include: 

·        Keep notes on vehicles that catch your eye.  Look out for reliability ratings, quality ratings, and price range.  Pick a handful of vehicles that match your needs and wants and prepare yourself to see these vehicles in person.

 Try them out

 Go to a local dealership and see how each vehicle matches your needs in person.  Be upfront with the salesperson that you are not ready to buy yet but are just looking for a vehicle to purchase in the near future.  Ask the salesperson to unlock the vehicles you want to look at so you can do the following:

  •  Adjust all mirrors and seat
  • Get in and out many time
  •   Open and close all doors
  •  Check the dashboard to see how easy they are to reach and adjust
  • Check gauges and dials to see how visible they are
  • Practice looking around as if you are actually driving

Take mental notes on how all these things work.  If you like what you see, ask to take a test drive.  Never rush this experience as it takes time to find the perfect vehicle to suit your lifestyle.  If you like the car and the test drive goes smoothly, you can proceed to financing and negotiations, knowing you did all your research and left no leaf unturned. 

I have a friend that just bought a new car it is completely digital, he cannot use most of the features and his wife cannot drive it. Too many gadgets


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