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Old 12-05-2016, 08:50 PM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Originally Posted by Jimrob1 View Post
I feel the same way. What you describe has really put a damper on my desire to drive here. I've lived in many parts of this world and this country. FLorida has been the worse in regards to driving. I don't like living this way, and would
like to drive around the state more. I just feel very unsafe doing it here. So the car is getting a rest in Florida. I'm tying to find a way to only live in Fla a few months a year. The driving here is definitely a part of my decision to so.
At least you don't need GPS or a road map to know you're driving in Florida - most of the cars in front of you appear to be driven by headless people.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:57 PM
Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
i guess this query is targeted to those retirees who are more inquisitive, spontaneous, and adventurous; and like to get out there and do 'stuff'.

I purchased my new car fourteen months ago and currently have 35,000 miles on the odometer. That's a lot of miles in just one year, but historically typical for me. I like going places, in addition to commuting to my daily mortgage-paying employment. I only commute solo about half the time and vanpool the other half. Included in this first year's mileage are a winter and a summer trip from socal to nid, and back.

I have 1,000 miles left on the manufacturer's new-car warranty and if i elect to do so, need to purchase a manufacturer extended warranty within that 1,000 remaining miles. I retire in almost exactly three months and will be moving to a new area, an area known for it's outdoor recreational opportunities. I expect to have an 'active' retirement, especially in the first few years. Lots of exploring and discovering that new area. Don't really see myself as a 'stay at home' retiree.

Assuming you are now retired, my question is . . .

has your driving habits changed significantly now that you are retired? or, do you find yourself driving pretty much the same annual mileage as before you retired?

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additional background: New car is a toyota rav4. Toyotas are known for their mechanical reliability, but these days, there are so much electronics in them that they are not really 'owner friendly' concerning repairs. Extended warranties available are for 5, 6, 7, and 8 years and from 75k, 100k, and 125k miles; prices differ with flavor purchased. It looks like the sweet spot for me, based on my historical driving habits, might be the 5yr/125k version for $850.00. That would give me 25k miles a year. These warranties are through toyota, not a 3rd-party provider. I tend to keep my autos until the 'wheels fall off'. Fully expect to do some 'car camping' with this one.

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