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#5 of 9 Re: Auto sales to the elderly! [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 21, 2009 (8:43 pm)
Since the news seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth (the net, anyway), I suspect they settled it back then.
#6 of 9 Re: Auto sales to the elderly! [gagrice]
Nov 22, 2009 (2:00 pm)
$250K would be fine by me. You need to hit crooks like that in the wallet to get their attention.
My dad got hosed royally on his last car lease. He had leased Devilles from this dealership for years. His last time out he wanted to go smaller and ended up in a Buick Century and charged him out the wazoo for it. I'm sure to them it was merely collecting on what they felt, correctly as it turned out, it was their last chance for a payday from him.
#7 of 9 Re: Auto sales to the elderly! [sailor1x]
Nov 22, 2009 (2:14 pm)
"...Why don't dealers have a policy to prevent this..."
Because they are business people not social workers. I bet they see a lot of fully functional people every day who make poor buying choices too. The incentive is just not there for them to turn down easy sales. It's not fair but that's the real world.
Might I suggest consulting with an elder care lawyer? I'm sure he/she could set up a power of attorney for you so that your father could not sign any sales contract without your approval.
I know what you are feeling. In his last days my dad had dementia and a sleazy wheelchair salesman talked him into paying $5K for a chair he could have gotten free from Medicare. I didn't even know about it until after it was too late to do anything.
I wish you the best of luck. This is a hard time for you.
#8 of 9 aging driver in the family?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 02, 2012 (6:35 pm)
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#9 of 9 Don't sell her a new one.
Apr 02, 2012 (7:44 pm)
Florida woman, 93, reaches end of the road after 576,000 miles in her 1964 Mercury
The end of the road is here for Rachel Veitch's beloved "Chariot."
After 576,000 miles -- or more than a trip to the moon and back -- in the same 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, the 93-year-old Orlando grandmother is stepping on the brakes due to age-related macular degeneration in both eyes. She realized her vision had completely failed her in early March after running a "bald-faced red light," Veitch told FoxNews.com.
"I am legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot," she said by phone. "They donít have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again."
Veitch, a retired nurse who told FoxNews.com in July 2009 that the car had outlasted three marriages and three sets of shocks, said she last drove on March 9. The following day, her worst fears were confirmed when she couldn't read large headlines in the newspaper, the result of years of deteriorating vision for the near-obsessive car fanatic.
"I know I'm not safe enough to drive," she continued. "But I have taken it in stride."
Veitch bought her beloved ride for $3,289 in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla. The car, which has been appraised at $12,000, has gone through 18 batteries, eight mufflers and countless oil changes. She credits her near-obsessive dedication to the car as the main reason why it's spent nearly half a century in her care.
"When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date and how many miles per gallon I got," she told FoxNews.com in 2009. "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands."