How to Help Aging Parents Choose the Right Car

I'm in my thirties, and while my parents certainly aren't old, they're climbing the age ladder. My husband and I wake up in the morning, and as we roll out of bed, we notice creaks and cracks, joints and muscles that just aren't what they used to be and can't help but think what life will be like for us when we reach our parent's ages. Right now, we love driving small vehicles which sit low to the ground, but our parents are polar opposites, enjoying larger vehicles which sit up higher. We also know that in a few years, we'll have to be much more active in caring for our parents and helping them make decisions.

My own parents like what they like, and sometimes, their ears just can't be bent. I think of all the times in my life where they have helped me to see things from another perspective, and in hindsight, I'm so glad for it! While I'm not looking forward to the inevitable role reversal that will take place between parent and child, I am mentally preparing myself already. My husband already helps his mom in making big decisions which involve spending money, so it's no surprise that she has sought his advice in the possible purchase of a new vehicle.

Here are a few tips as to how you can help your aging parents choose the right car.

Set the budget

Just because your parents have a steady cash flow or savings account doesn't mean that they should spend a crazy amount of money on a car. Practicality is key. They'll need their savings if they are retired or close to retirement age, so keep that in mind when searching for newer vehicles. Sit down and ask them to be honest in sharing how much they think they can realistically spend per month on a car payment- or even outright if they plan on paying cash for the whole shebang. This will give you an idea as to what you should be looking for in terms of price when you start looking at cars either online or on the lot at the dealership.

Make a list of needed and wanted features

What do your parents look for in a car?  Sit down with them and ask them to make a list of the features they would like to have in a new vehicle. Ask them to include everything from interior features to exterior and body type features of the vehicle. This will help you all narrow down your search and align the search with the pre-set budget.

Don't overwhelm them with technology

Technology is amazing, and the capabilities that cars have these days is truly astounding. Technology can be a bit complicated and even frightening to some, though, so try to stick to basics like Bluetooth capabilities and other technological features that they will be able to understand and use, rather than be confused or frustrated by.

Go with advanced safety features

If at all possible, look for the highest and best safety features, just as you would for yourself and your kids if you're a parent. Safety should be at the top of your list of features across the board.

At the end of the day, your parent will have to make the final decision regarding their new vehicle choice, but your research and help will lift a huge weight off of their shoulders in a day and age where the options are truly endless!

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