People tend to buy cars from older people because they know that the elderly generation is more caring and more cautious about their possessions. This means that these cars are usually being driven for shorter amounts of time and are usually clean inside and out.
It also means that these cars are not molested in any sort, and are usually driven in a chilled and rather no-stress manner. Older people are also not as prone to scams as younger people are, all of which increases the likelihood that a car sold by an older individual is superior to a car sold by a younger individual.
These types of cars can usually be found through newspaper classified ads or online listings. They can often be found as trade-in cars at your local dealership. Whatever may be the case, these cars also need inspecting before you decide to spend your money on them.
No matter who sells the car, it’s paramount for you to do a pre-purchase inspection and to check the VIN. Be sure to test drive the car as well, and if the owner is reluctant to let you do all of these things, you should skip buying the car entirely.
Older people and their cars
Hardly any other age group out there has more experience when it comes to being behind the wheel of a car. This means that these drivers know what they want from a car, and that is accessibility, visibility, safety, practicality, comfort, and general ease of use.
They are not all that big on technology because today’s car infotainment systems are often way too cluttered for the senior population. This can actually be a good thing because these types of technologies tend to date the cars significantly after a few years, so initially buying a car without can be a good idea.
Cars owned by the elderly are usually great all-around cars which can do many things at once, all of this means that these types of cars are likely to satisfy a wide variety of customers. As far car segments are concerned, elderly people are mostly driving sedans, pick-ups, SUVs, or minivans.
Young people and their cars
Younger people are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to cars in general. Young people like flashy cars which are often uncomfortable and overly compromised on visibility, accessibility, and comfort.
Technology, large infotainment screens, ambient lighting, a banging sound system are the usual types of additional equipment valued highly by the younger generation. They are not all that experienced though, which usually means that the cars are often crashed and molested in all sorts of ways.
As such, cars owned by younger people are not all that popular on the second-hand market. Younger people are more prone to eating and drinking inside the car as well. Moreover, younger people prefer large SUVs, coupes, and sporty sedans which are not all that popular for families and older people.
Buying a car from a senior citizen
In the world of car trading, getting a good deal sometimes justifies questionable methods upon which those deals are sealed. If that’s the case between an experienced trader and a car dealer, the issue is not as pronounced.
However, if you are trying your best to rip off a senior citizen for the best deal possible, you are definitely not doing the right thing. Many people are concluding that buying a car from a senior citizen is a great way to make money because these cars are often more valuable, and the owners of these cars are easier to hassle for a lower price.
Market competition is expected, but only in a certain scenario. Whenever you want to buy anything from anyone, you need to be respectful of the seller and his/her belongings. Earning a few hundred dollars by wearing someone down is not a success, it’s a rather disgraceful way to disrespect the senior population.
Which cars do senior people like?
As previously stated, senior citizens like safe, comfortable, and accessible cars with great all-around visibility and safety. Segments such as SUVs, pick-ups, larger sedans are the most popular with senior citizens. Coupes, small crossovers, and hatchbacks are not all popular with senior citizens because they are rather too cramped.
SUVs are beneficial because they are easy to get in and out of, and they offer you a commanding driving position which also increases all-around visibility. Older drivers appreciate comfort and quietness more than younger individuals which means that a large sedan is also high on an elderly citizen’s new car priority list.
How old is a senior driver?
In order to call a driver a senior driver, it usually means that the person needs to be older than a certain age. For example, in California, when you reach 70 years old, you are officially a senior driver which means that the entire regulatory aspect of driving becomes a lot more strict and the methods of enforcing those aspects are more frequent and more thorough.
Senior citizens have to do more frequent driving tests, all sorts of mental assessments, and the criteria for a driver’s license becomes increasingly more difficult. From the age of 70 and beyond, many senior drivers can drive for a long time, but it’s worth mentioning that senior and younger drivers are the two most risky age groups as far as car accidents are concerned.
Which cars are best for a senior?
It depends on which type of car they are most interested in. Most male senior drivers prefer SUVs such as the Honda CR-V or the Ford Explorer. However, for those with a higher purchasing power, the Mercedes GLE and the Volvo XC90 are the two most frequent luxury SUV choices.
On the other hand, female senior drivers are not as keen on driving as senior male drivers are, however, female drivers mostly prefer are more compact and safer cars. Nevertheless, the Kia Forte, Subaru Legacy, Honda Insight, Toyota Camry, Chevy Impala, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Santa Fe are all great options for elderly drivers because they are safe, comfortable, and easy to drive.