5 best used cars for senior citizens

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Used cars for frugal senior citizens
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While buying a used car is a very individual experience, with each car buyer looking to meet a specific set of criteria, Bankrate took a look at the common factors in car buying that most senior citizens consider to select the five best used cars.

Each of these cars is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has good fuel economy for its class, is considered reliable, has average or better ownership costs, is affordable, and has a lengthy list of features that appeal to older drivers, including ease of getting in and out.

For Bankrate's list, we chose all 2010 model-year used cars because a 3-year-old model has already completed most of its depreciation yet is still low enough in mileage to have plenty of life left. Furthermore, cars of this age are eligible for extended warranties or can be purchased as manufacturer-certified preowned cars, which can help protect seniors from expensive car repair bills down the road. Our pricing estimates are courtesy of and represent the national average starting price for each model if it is sold in a private-party transaction, is designated "certified preowned," or is sold at the dealer but is not a CPO.


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