There are many reasons why your needs change during the retirement phase of your life. Which vehicle you choose to drive is one of the facets of life that may change once you reach your retirement. This could be for financial reasons, space or comfort. Fox Business published a Bankrate article by Donna Fuscaldo with some great cars for retirees entitled “Seven Safe and Smooth Cars for Seniors on a Budget.” You have to put a little more time and energy into your car search, but you can still find a car that is safe, affordable, stylish, and comfortable.
Take any potential health concerns into account when looking for a car in retirement. If your vision is beginning to show problems, look for large controls, sun visors that extend, and larger side mirrors. For those with arthritis, four door cars work best as well as those with keyless entry, power seats, and thick steering wheels. All seven of the cars listed in this article are less than $20,000 to purchase. You can also get a reasonable auto insurance quote, another way to help retirees with an often limited monthly budget when they stop working full time.
The Jeep Patriot 4 x 4 has top safety features and an electronic information center that makes it easy to monitor gas levels and other statistics. Subaru’s Impreza 2.0i Premium has been voted the best compact car as well as the all-wheel-drive car with the best fuel economy in the United States. The Ford Focus S has top safety features and an optional parking assist system that parks the car for you with the press of a button. Chrysler’s 200LX is larger than the compact cars and offers comfort and a quiet ride. Another Ford, the Fusion, is the most expensive on the list, but offers the title of the most dependable midsize car. High safety and high technology abound with the Kia Sportage, which also offers a ton of optional additions. Finally, the Hyundai Elantra GT has a lot of cargo space for retirement hobbies, as well as standard satellite radio. As auto and insurance needs change in retirement, shopping around is the best way to make sure you find the right products for your needs and price.