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Car for the parents: Advice from the panel needed

Old 16th Jan 2010, 03:08
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Honda Jazz is worth a look as a slightly higher roof alternative.
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I'd put the Jazz head and shoulders above a "dagenham disaster"
The Honda Jazz is a perfect older persons car, it has far more room inside than any other car in it's size/price range and when you fold the seat down what you can put in the back is simply amazing!

Only thing that lets it down is in the handling department, not as nimble as some other small cars, but perhaps they have rectified that with the new one!

I just sold a 2006 Jazz to a friend and she is very happy with it, although she ain't old...
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 03:59
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Even better if you can find a good one

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Old 16th Jan 2010, 08:51
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With all due respect... tell 'em to save their money and go by bus/train/taxi. In fact ANYTHING that keeps them well away from a steering wheel.

(I hope that I have the courage to quit while I'm ahead!)
That's a bit harsh sir Neither is doddering about and both capable in the car. That's not to say in some years they will be a danger to themselves and others and that would be a good time to call it quits. I don't imagine many drivers stop themselves driving voluntarily, especially when the car is a lifeline.


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Old 16th Jan 2010, 09:40
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SHJ: I think that you can't make the decision for them, just "suggest" things to consider and then look for a car that caters for the possible eventualities.

Do they both drive? What happens if the main driver no longer can? Is it possible that one of them might need a wheelchair or zimmer in say the next 10 years? Then ensuring enough space will be a consideration. Would an automatic be worth considering? You've already had suggestions about parking sensors and I'd recommend that they are included whichever model they/you choose. I saw a mention of the need for rear passengers, so perhaps the new Meriva with its "suicide" rear doors would be useful for rear access?

I used to have a Nissan Prairie (Mk1) with sliding doors and MiL (who had been seriously disabled by a drunk driver crashing head on into their stationary car and killing FiL) was able to perch on the seat squab easily to get in and out.

Do they have a blue badge or do they have to park in narrow supermarket bays?

The Panda is a good call, seems nice and upright, no unseen overhangs and nimble. Honda Jazz is good too and worth stressing about the British workforce (and the Peugeot 1007) if that is UK made? Also the Ceed for the long warranty, but what you'd prefer is a minimal maintenance which might detract from the Ford..

Good luck with whatever they decide. You had much good advice and ideas, so hope it helps!!
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 11:21
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In my day (Jetblast, C.1999), the panel didn't do advice on anything so prosaic as cars.
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 11:25
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I think that you can't make the decision for them, just "suggest" things to consider and then look for a car that caters for the possible eventualities.
So true, so true...... I hadn't even thought of 'the future', as in if one of them should become unable to walk and the choices of vehicle etc. I think until that point comes they'll stick with whatever they buy in the next while and after that.... we'll see. I live in a big city and although a car would be nice, it is easier to use public transport and taxis and to rent/borrow whenever the need arises for a car, they don't have that luxury (?). As i walked to the local park this morning i spotted several of the suggested cars in the streets and they seem to fit the bill. So often in the flesh cars seem different than from the slick advertising photos... Maybe i should get one myself

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Old 16th Jan 2010, 11:58
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Check the car rental companies and see whether you can find examples of what might be of interest (though dealers' demonstrators ought to be available). A good few years back I copped a Fiesta diesel for a day (with a tank of fuel). Didn't buy though (it was an early version of the diesel engine without turbo and was really just a van engine and not impressive).
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 13:05
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In my day (Jetblast, C.1999), the panel didn't do advice on anything so prosaic as cars.
1999? Get some time in; we'd been here four years by then.

But you're probably right!
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 17:12
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Over the past 2 or 3 years I have hired a few small cars in different parts of the world. The best 4 were (in no particular order):

Honda Jazz: Great little car. Roomy and economical, stylish.

Fiesta Diesel: Stunning. Economical.

Hyundai Matrix: Surprisingly good. Cheap

Nissan Tiida: Excellent car, best ride in class. Roomy. Best selling small car in Ireland as I recall. Not sure if sold in UK.
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 19:17
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 19:34
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As with what larssnowpharter has said I have had a selection of smallish fwd's as rentals, by far the one that most impressed was the new fiesta, and the one with the 1.6tdci was a really pleasant car to drive with enough grunt to facilitate both braking and acceleration as an avoidance measure when appropriate.

stonking braking system too btw
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 01:41
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Noone else has really mentioned the VW Polo/Golf?

One of my parents has the previous model Golf, its a very well designed car, not much looks like it's likely to fall off in the coming years, and certainly doesn't feel cheap, from what I've heard most newer VWs are like this.

As far as running costs VW have a new diesel out which is more fuel economic than a Prius (and much less to boot)

Also I believe there is the new Fiesta Econetic(?) which is exempt from road tax in the UK.

The Fiesta review referred to earlier
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 02:56
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Some cars have attachment points to add handles on the interior of the roof near the doors that you can use to hoist yourself in and out if your knees (or whatever) hurt. Worth asking about.
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