America's roads are filled with cheap, rusty cars half-broken and fixed with duct tape. Eventually they have to go into the shop. When they do, they go to the best sub-reddit there is.
This is r/Justrolledintotheshop. It's only a few months old, but it's already filled with the most disheartening, frightening, and hilariously bad cars I've ever seen. To say these beaters suffer from deferred maintenance sells them short.
We're talking tires patched with tape, engines running with broken pistons, and brakes worn down to nothing. That's just the front page.
A particular favorite is this more than slightly out of tune Honda Civic. The owner came into the shop complaining about a "strange grinding noise." Yeah, it's probably because your wheel wobbles more than a drunk frat boy at Mardi Gras.
As one mechanic points out, "someone was driving around like that."
We would also direct your attention to this shredded tire that came into the garage with the note "repair if possible."
The sub-reddit isn't all about deferred maintenance, though. You can also follow the ongoing saga of a 19-year-old whose parents bought him a Ford Raptor. He's broken the truck twice doing some probably sick jumps. It's still updating.
It's hard to tell if the people bringing their cars in really understand quite how bad their cars are, let alone how dangerous it is that they've been driving around in them. Either way, the sub-reddit will teach you a lot about the condition of cars on the road today.
If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go read Parking Lot Mechanic so that I never find my own car featured on r/Justrolledintotheshop.
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