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    My parents are in their 70s. Their ancient automatic car (1991 vintage) is finally reaching the end of its useful life and they are looking to buy a replacement used car. I'd be grateful for any thoughts about suitable makes / models / specs. It would have to be an automatic. They don't have any particular mobility issues other than the usual aches and pains! The car would mainly be used for local trips of max 1 hr. Their current car is a Citroen and they feel quite loyal to the brand without being absolutely fixed on it so would consider other makes. No preference for diesel or petrol - comfort, good handling and ease of access (for future proofing) are the key criteria (in addition to the automatic gearbox).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangio Bear View Post
    My parents are in their 70s. Their ancient automatic car (1991 vintage) is finally reaching the end of its useful life and they are looking to buy a replacement used car. I'd be grateful for any thoughts about suitable makes / models / specs. It would have to be an automatic. They don't have any particular mobility issues other than the usual aches and pains! The car would mainly be used for local trips of max 1 hr. Their current car is a Citroen and they feel quite loyal to the brand without being absolutely fixed on it so would consider other makes. No preference for diesel or petrol - comfort, good handling and ease of access (for future proofing) are the key criteria (in addition to the automatic gearbox).
    I would avoid Diesel cars for short use. I have a diesel Passat and it is fitted with a DPF filter that really is more suited to long distance driving. On short runs after a period of time they can become clogged and need specialist treatment or even replacement at some 1000+. Most diesels are fitted with these now. Petrol engines are very economical now and some can give over 60mpg. I would take them around maker dealers starting with Citroen and let them decide on a petrol version that suits them. (Not you)

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    Unfortunately, your question is akin to the one about the length of a piece of string. I know quite a few elderly couples with a whole variety of vehicles. Some have low sill cars to make getting in and out easier, and others have high sill cars because that is their preference. Similarly, some are quite well off and don't have to worry about running costs, and others are living on Pensions etc, so running costs are quite high on their requirement lists.

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    What is their budget?

    I would advise them to look at Ex Mobility lease cars. They can probably get a very good low price if they shop around. Try Lookers for a Vauxhall Corsa.

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    The best time to buy a second hand car, is when it is three years old, as that is when the maximum depreciation has dropped.

    Also, you don't really have to go to a dealer, there are bargains to be had out there in private sales, I have bought my last two cars that way, and got a bargain both times, good luck.

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    I am told that some of the big driving schools regularly change their fleet after about six months, then they hold them for a further six months before they try to sell them. Would you want an ex driving school vehicle?

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    According to a survey, done by the RAC, Honda and Toyota are the most popular cars bought by our senior drivers.

    Value for money and reliability, were the top reasons for their decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainman View Post
    I would avoid Diesel cars for short use. I have a diesel Passat and it is fitted with a DPF filter that really is more suited to long distance driving.
    I can second this, I have a friend that bought a diesel car with a DPF filter who lives 1 mile away from his work and basically only uses it for commuting.

    He needs to go on a 20 mile drive every 3-4 days to keep the filter from completely clogging!

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