Pictured: My mom, a white dude
Pictured: My mom, a white dude
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

At this point, we’ve heard plenty about your bad car decisions. Now, it’s time to switch things up a bit and look to your parents. I’m sure they’ve also made some poor automotive decisions and then simply passed the genes on down to you.


Resident car-buying expert Tom McParland’s dad spent time running around with Infiniti G-series coupes—three of them, all with manuals—before getting a Mercedes-Benz CLA, and then another CLA after that. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a CLA at all, but it definitely seems like a step down. They’re boring and they don’t sound very good.

Jalopnik tall man Erik Shilling’s mother once sold her Volkswagen Beetle for a Ford Pinto. Like, what! She traded her wonderful, air-cooled Beetle for a car that admittedly looked neat but also allegedly liked to catch fire. I asked Erik if he’d ever ridden in the Pinto.


“No,” he wrote over Slack. “This all happened in the ‘70s, before I was born. The ‘70s seem like a wild time, full of danger.”

And finally, as some of you might know, my mother liked Toyotas. Her last one was a red Celica All-Trac with a five-speed manual. But after my brother was born, she couldn’t really take two small children around in a coupe anymore, so she got a white Audi A4 instead. It was a manual also, just not as cool as the All-Trac. From there, we then got an A6 station wagon, which everybody hated because it was in the shop every other week.

I kind of wish she’d kept the All-Trac and just stuffed us kids in the back seat. It builds character.

Anyway, now it’s your turn! What bad automotive decision did your parents make?

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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