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Old Yesterday, 06:16 PM
 
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I ask because I seldom use my personal car—09 Toyota Camry Hybrid in great shape w/31K miles—
And I can’t drive at night because of cataracts—no problem otherwise so don’t want to have surgery now
I am just 71 but people we know who are seniors seem to use 1 car once they get later 70s or 80s...

We spend about half the year in FL and I don’t drive there anyway because my husband has a Traverse and I just don’t feel comfortable driving a car that big
He is better driver than I am anyway

Since he is retired we go most places together

I am just wondering if it is time to sell my car while it would still get decent price
And just go w/one car
I have friends I do things w/who live close and I can get ride w/them if we go to show or out to lunch

And there is always Uber
We aren’t in area in TX or FL that has viable public transportation

Anyone else w/o public transportation as normal mode who has dropped one or both cars?
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Old Yesterday, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We have two and a golf cart. One car and one golf cart would work for us.
I see a lot of homes in an over 55 community with one car but they usually have a golf cart since they can be used in the community.
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Old Yesterday, 06:45 PM
 
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We have talked about going to one but I take road trips with my son once or twice a year for at least a week to 10 days and that would leave her stuck. It's not that she goes anywhere far or very often as she says she likes to be home vs going out, but the idea she can't at the drop of a hat is the issue. No public transportation near by.

I said for those times I am away for an extended period you can call an uber or lyft. Join our daughter when she goes to the market as we go to the same places and she is close by. The township has a shuttle for the mall and a few other places that will pick you up for free, but it is of course tied to a schedule. Considering the cost of gas , maintenance and insurance we would probably come out a little ahead but I get her concern.
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Old Yesterday, 06:47 PM
 
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We're at about the same point -- early/mid 70's, 2-newer, low-mileage cars. However, my wife has macular degeneration and I currently do about 85-percent of the driving. She can still see, but, we've got a lot of tourist traffic and she feels uncomfortable driving more than a few blocks to the church or nail place. We likewise, don't have a public transportation system. -- Whenever she no longer feels comfortable driving at all, I guess I'll sell one of the vehicles.

I've known many people who have had the cataract surgery. The only regrets I've heard from any of them is that they didn't do it sooner!
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Old Yesterday, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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When we both worked, my DH and I at times had only one car because he could commute by bicycle, but now we have two, a 2013 Camry and a 2001 Rav4. We need both because we each typically have several solo social obligations during the week and now that we live in a more rural area, there's no reliable transportation alternative to driving ourselves around.
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Old Yesterday, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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We do right now, and probably will stay that way. We sold my vehicle because we are moving across the ocean and two cars will be more of a pain.

BUT, DH has a motorcycle, and that has come in handy a couple of times.

But for the most part, one vehicle is fine for us, and I can't see taking public transportation. Perish the thought. (I did in places like San Fran, but here... no.)
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Old Yesterday, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I retired at 63 and we sold one car the next year. We had a car and a golf cart for about 8 years, but the cart was little used. I didn't have either heat or AC and in Arizona you need both at different times.

We had a travel trailer until we moved back to Florida and then we sold it. At that point I was 80.
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Old Yesterday, 07:56 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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We have one car, my husband walks everywhere. Sometimes I don’t feel like playing pickleball but I go with him because we need to stop at the supermarket on the way. We go together most of the time except when I’m in school, he gets some exercises at the gym and then walk home. We rarely go out at far away place at night. When we travel, it’s the same except when we’re in a London, then we take the tube or Uber or bus, because of public transportation we can go see shows later than usual.
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Old Yesterday, 08:55 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I am 70 and my husband is 79. We've had one car for the past two years, and it hasn't been a problem. We live in the city and don't drive much anyway (our 2016 Crosstrek, bought new, has only about 7500 miles on it). My husband has macular degeneration and will probably have to stop driving soon anyway, so one car is enough. There's always Uber or Lyft if we need it.
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Old Yesterday, 10:47 PM
 
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Originally Posted by loves2read View Post
Since he is retired we go most places together

I am just wondering if it is time to sell my car while it would still get decent price
And just go w/one car
I have friends I do things w/who live close and I can get ride w/them if we go to show or out to lunch

And there is always Uber
We arenít in area in TX or FL that has viable public transportation

Anyone else w/o public transportation as normal mode who has dropped one or both cars?

We have had one car since retirement in 2013 at age 54 and we live in an area with poor public transportation.

There are several options that we have used over the years:

1) Walk.
2) Use the bus system which requires me to be dropped off three miles away.
3) Carpool with friends.
4) Borrow my neighbor's vehicle.
5) Rent a car from Hertz.

We have a great relationship with a lot of our neighbors. We drive them to the hospital, the doctor's office and occasionally to the airport

Locally, there is a dial-a-bus but we have found that to be unreliable. There is also a non-profit that drives people to medical appointments and shopping but we leave those to older people.
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