Something we sing and shout about nearly every day here at Jalopnik is that cars are more than just lifeless lumps of metal. Which is why our relationships with them aren’t like ones that we have with our, say, washing machines.
Sometimes you get away with it. Sometimes you don’t. These are your true, unfortunate, hilarious stories that fall into the latter category.
Sometimes, we get up to no good in our cars, but this isn’t a post about getting away with it. This is a post about getting caught. It happens.
Regret is the worst feeling. It’s the one that sticks a knife in your heart and twists it because you knew you could have done differently. This post will be a painful one because it’s all about your greatest automotive regrets.
Regret is a terrible emotion because it has to do with hindsight. You rationalized yourself not to do something and then the opportunity passed you by. You only realized your mistake after the fact.
To anyone who has never had something embarrassing happen to them in their car: Get lost. This post isn’t for you. This one is for all the people who have had shameful stuff happen to them in their cars. We are here for you.
I don’t know if you know this, but people are goofy! We show our asses constantly. The only way to feel better about this is to laugh it off. Which is what we’re going to do this week.
There are many injustices in this world and one of them is being pulled over for something really stupid. It’s frustrating as all hell and inconvenient, too. Not everyone has time to go and contest the charge, we got other stuff to do.
Cars can be full of mysteries, especially if you’re not the first owner. What’s that smell? That noise? Why is it like this?
Let’s take a quick break from cars and focus on the more important topic of whether or not extraterrestrials exist. Do you believe in aliens? I do, and I have concrete evidence.
If you’re speeding and you get pulled over, that’s on you. But sometimes it isn’t always your fault. Cops are people, too, and occasionally they pull you over for reasons that, uh, aren’t always 100 percent legitimate.
Are you guys ready for some truly weird stuff? Because I’ve just spent my morning reading all of your outlandish road trip stories and I feel like I survived through an episode of The Twilight Zone.
As long as there are roads, there will be road trips. There’s just something so great about sitting in a car and watching the miles tumble by. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey and all that.
Here’s some good news: You aren’t always at the mercy of your dealership or auto repair shop. If the repair or replacement is small enough, chances are good that you can probably do it yourself. Just do your research to be sure.
Part of the draw of cars for many of us is we know we can fix them ourselves if something goes wrong. It may seem very intimidating at first, but once you realize that cars are just made up of many small parts, it helps you break down what’s wrong in your mind and makes the job easier to approach.
Some say cars are lifeless objects, incapable of having personalities. Others say that they are anything but. Personally, I think cars can go either way, but some still manage to hide secret quirks and features from the rest of us that you’d only know if you were intimately familiar with that car.
Earlier today, we dove into the mystery behind www.nissan.com—a webpage that isn’t owned by the automaker, but instead a man with serious beef with said automaker. The website is one of the odder automotive-related webpages, but there’s more out there.
Since cars span so many eras and were designed, thought up and created by so many different people, it’s inevitable that there would be many little secrets and nuggets of knowledge hidden away in them.
Despite what we think we know about cars, they can still manage to surprise us with how well they drive. That’s why we shouldn’t be so quick to write one off, despite how it looks on paper.