Getting the Most Value from Your "Geriatric Cruiser"

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Feature Article by Dennis Miller
For many a car lover, retiring rich requires the end of a lifelong love affair. I empathize with them all; I've had my own romance over the last 50-plus years.
Cars have a special resonance for people of my generation. George Lucas' classic coming of age film American Graffiti is proof positive of that. As teens we flocked to auto dealers when new models came out and fantasized about actually being able to own our favorite. And let's face it: cool cars were chick magnets. In our 20s and 30s, with the help of a friendly finance company, those dreams became reality, and every few years we'd get the new car itch again.
As children left the nest, many of us upgraded to the luxury brands befitting our positions in life. My first luxury car was a Cadillac, though a friend told me I was too young to drive one.
When my parents moved into a senior community in Sarasota, Florida, I asked Dad, "Do all retired people drive white Buicks?"
Dad grinned and said, "No
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