Some of them drive cars. Some of them drive old cars. Some of those cars crap out, often through neglected maintenance. Like anyone else, an old doesn't want to be stuck on the side of the road when the wheels fall off, so when the 98 Accord nearly fails its annual inspection due to a dangerously rusted chassis, for example, it's time for a new buggy.
If the old asks me, which he or she did, I'm in that quandary I was in the other week re the big truck. Well, first I'm in the quandary of whether to press the issue of "should you be driving?" They'll just buy something anyway, most likely a brand new bottom of the line Accord. So I may as well make a good recommendation.
They don't trust the cars we DTers would prefer. New is best. I can't in good faith recommend a new car, even to an old, due to the financial hit alone. What car?
- a newer used car, probably CPO
- creaky knees need something taller to ease into
And those really are the dispositive criteria. Everything else is icing on the carbuncle.
Small SUV, right? Honda CRV or Toyota RAV? Honda Element would be something, but they are out of print and too old for a grumpy old old. Kia Soul? Scion xB? Nissan Cube? Funny that those are marketed to damn kids, the olds love them. Too bad Oldsmobile is gone. Ooh, butterfly. (drops mic)