Everyone knows to steer clear of rusty cars. But how bad could things be? As one reader’s story suggests, things can get surprisingly scary awful horrible bad.

This little bit comes from reader Haze, who brought this up when I described how one auto repair place refused to work on my rusty old VW Baja Bug.

I wouldn’t put that thing on a lift on a dare. Mechanic I knew got crushed by a Squareback that fell off the lift when the rusted frame gave way. He lived, but he was in the hospital for over a year.

As the owner of a rusty car, that is extremely terrifying.

What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had with a rusty car?

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove


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