These Are Your Weirdest Automotive Superstitions


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Don’t fix everything on a car.

When I was a kid, our neighbors had a 5 year old Maverick. Nothing really wrong with it, but they decided to sell it. My dad got it and went full on car proud. He touched up the paint, replaced a gasket, did the brakes, etc. He polished, washed and waxed the car. He replaced the rubber between the rear bumper and trunk (which always got cracked). There was something about that Maverick that made dad super obsessed about making it perfect.

When we were coming back from Sears after a set of tires, we got rear ended by a drunk going over 60. Hit was so hard, it drove the rear bumper into the tires. My mom, dad, and I all ended up with back problems, which eventually lead to surgery a couple decades later for all of us. The passenger of the car that hit us was killed.

So, now, whenever I do a lot to get a vehicle cleaned up and nice, I feel like its going to be hit. I tend to always leave at least one thing not perfect.

This is retroactively my explanation for why my car is always covered in scrapes and road salt. It’s natural camouflage, so drunk drivers (the natural predator of the sports car) can’t see it. 

Submitted by: hoser68


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