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Old 03-27-2016, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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If things are really tight you may want to evaluate if you truly need another vehicle. Is the SUV for a specific purpose since the other car is for "travel"? Maybe just use the SUV? I know it can be difficult for two people to retire and share a car but it may be more cost effective to occasionally use cabs for when you both need a vehicle if careful planning doesn't always work.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Here's where you need to put public perception aside and get what works. We just got out of a 4 door sedan that was too small for me, let alone carrying the dogs on their weekend outings.

We bought a loaded mini-van (yes the bane of most anti-vehicle rhetoric) and it has been the best vehicle we've had in awhile as far as comfort, getting in and out, versatility, etc. It's a carryall when I need it, but it's also a dressed up in leather and options vehicle for when the occasion calls for it.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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You might want to try this question on the CD automotive forum.
I considered that, but I am not interested in technical info, but more about....what car some of you over 65 find to be comfortable. Also, I realize $20k is low, but I should have said, as little as possible to get the comfort level.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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If things are really tight you may want to evaluate if you truly need another vehicle. Is the SUV for a specific purpose since the other car is for "travel"? Maybe just use the SUV? I know it can be difficult for two people to retire and share a car but it may be more cost effective to occasionally use cabs for when you both need a vehicle if careful planning doesn't always work.
The thing is, it is a 15 year old Highlander. It still looks like new, but we don't want to tax it by taking it on long trips. We had a hard time deciding which car to trade, but I can't get rid of the Highlander, because it's still too nice, even though no longer worth much. We aren't ready to go down to one car, since we each have pt or volunteer jobs.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Here's where you need to put public perception aside and get what works. We just got out of a 4 door sedan that was too small for me, let alone carrying the dogs on their weekend outings.

We bought a loaded mini-van (yes the bane of most anti-vehicle rhetoric) and it has been the best vehicle we've had in awhile as far as comfort, getting in and out, versatility, etc. It's a carryall when I need it, but it's also a dressed up in leather and options vehicle for when the occasion calls for it.
We may wind up doing that. We may find the same thing after a few days of twisting in and out of smaller cars. The thing is we only really need our SUV for hauling mulch, etc. but it is easy to get in and out of.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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My car is probably not on your shopping list, you need something bigger I think.

I drive a Toyota Corolla that I bought brand new in 2009 for under $16,000. I haven't priced the new ones as I'm not shopping for a newer car. But I can tell you I like my car very much, find it very comfortable (I am not a small person) and enjoy driving it. I did have a right knee replacement a while ago and do use care on entering the car, but no problems driving it.

Getting out of the car I pivot to the left and push myself forward and stand on both feet at same time.

Good luck to you.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Hubby and I are retired and we need to buy a car. As many of you, we have arthritis and a hip replacement, so cannot be twisting ourselves into pretzels getting in and out. This car will be for trips, so needs to be comfortable, with plenty of legroom. We are keeping an SUV, so this car will be a regular 4door.
We are on a very tight budget, so would like under $20k, if possible.
What car do you have like this that you are happy with?

As you can imagine, we are looking at cars like, Camry, Jetta, Accord, Malibu, Fusion. We're trading an Altima, which has been less than stellar.
I did until some lady with no common sense decided to take a U-turn at a T intersection and t-boned me. Totaled the best car I have ever owned to date. 2012 Buick Lacrosse Touring editions fully loaded. For the cost of all the toys and I do mean all the toys it was only available in cars easily 70 to 80k and up. The main reason it was totaled was it had over 107k miles on it. But really it had just had it's 8th oil change.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I did until some lady with no common sense decided to take a U-turn at a T intersection and t-boned me. Totaled the best car I have ever owned to date. 2012 Buick Lacrosse Touring editions fully loaded. For the cost of all the toys and I do mean all the toys it was only available in cars easily 70 to 80k and up. The main reason it was totaled was it had over 107k miles on it. But really it had just had it's 8th oil change.
Haha, I'd probably have more choices if I could spend that much. I'd be looking at land rovers.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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My car is probably not on your shopping list, you need something bigger I think.

I drive a Toyota Corolla that I bought brand new in 2009 for under $16,000. I haven't priced the new ones as I'm not shopping for a newer car. But I can tell you I like my car very much, find it very comfortable (I am not a small person) and enjoy driving it. I did have a right knee replacement a while ago and do use care on entering the car, but no problems driving it.

Getting out of the car I pivot to the left and push myself forward and stand on both feet at same time.

Good luck to you.
I actually bought a corolla as my first new car in 1981, and last I heard, it was still running. I imagine we'll try sitting in one. They are good.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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I actually bought a corolla as my first new car in 1981, and last I heard, it was still running. I imagine we'll try sitting in one. They are good.
I believe you will be surprised to sit in the newer ones. Higher and a bit bigger. I had a 1999 Corolla that was wonderful, too, but the 2009 was a huge pleasant surprise for me.

Good luck.
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