If you have parents who have gotten to an age where they shouldn’t be driving themselves any more, whether it’s due to medical issues or simply because they’re now in an assisted living facility and just don’t have the need anymore, it can be hard to go through this transition together. And once you do, it can be equally difficult to know what to do with their car now that it isn’t being used how it used to be. Luckily, there are a lot of options for what to do with their vehicle now.
To help you see what might be available to you, here are three things you can do with your parents’ car when they no longer drive.
Use Their Car To Chauffeur Them
For situations in which your parents should still like to get out of the house on a regular basis, it makes sense to keep their car for them and encourage other people to drive it for them.
Whether it’s you being their chauffeur or someone else, having a car that’s meant to be driven to things like their clubs, appointments, and events will help those assisting with their care to feel less put upon by driving their own vehicle. Your parents can still be in charge of things like paying for gas and maintenance if this is something they want, which can help them feel like less of a burden even if they’re not physically able to drive themselves anymore.
Allow Someone Else To Drive It
If your parents feel that they don’t need to have a car at their home on a full-time basis anymore, you might want to brainstorm with them about who you both know that could benefit from using their car for a time.
Sometimes, there might be a family member or friend who doesn’t have a reliable vehicle or any vehicle at all that your parents might want to help out. This can help your parents feel like there’s some good coming out of them not using their car anymore.
Sell Their Vehicle
Selling their vehicle could also be a good idea if your parents are strapped for cash and could use an influx of money to help them with certain expenses.
While this option can feel a lot more permanent for your parents, it can also be helpful to them if they recognize that they won’t be using their car anymore anyway and could benefit from the money from the sale. Some of that money could even go toward paying for other forms of transportation to help keep them more mobile.
If your parents no longer drive, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find some options of what to do with their car.