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Are there things some car/suv owners do that really bug you?

Asked by kritiper (17185points) 4 weeks ago

Like some people who treat their cars like it’s one-owner deal, with no chance of resale. Trash it, take it to the recyclers, get another, do the same all over again. Don’t give any poor slob who can’t afford a better car a chance to own THAT one when it’s done with.
Or people who stick that stick on crap on the plastic dash, with glue that trashes the dash when removed. Or they drill holes in the dash, or put screws through it.
Or the folks who let their kids wash the windows with all that dust and oil, totally gunk up the gas station squeegee, then stick it back in the bucket for the next user to find.
Or the folks who think it’s cute that the kids, after getting the squeegee all cruddy, let their kids start wiping down the paint with the thing.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

One thing that bugs me,is most (NOT ALL) seem to care less about their lights will run for months with a tail light out or brake light not working.

Another is how brain dead people are about daylight running lights they drive down the road at night with just their daylights on,no tail lights when you come up on these vehicles it can catch you by surprise and be very dangerous .

ragingloli's avatar

Their total disregard for pedestrians.
Their outright hostility to cyclists.
And SUV owners are scum just by virtue of owning SUVs.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Both sexes seem to believe they own the road in suv’s or trucks. Lane jumping with no signals, etc… The soccer moms here are terrible drivers.

raum's avatar

You get mad when car owners don’t take care of their cars enough to maintain resale value?

Do you also get mad at people who don’t take care of their clothes well enough to donate to a thrift store?

I mean…I wish both of those things happened more often too. But to actually get mad at people for it seems…odd?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I guess I’ve never seen any of the things you described @kritiper.

@KNOWITALL the question wasn’t limited to SUV drivers. I also don’t know how you can tell who is a soccer mom and who isn’t.

Aster's avatar

@ragingloli SUV owners are SCUM ??? That remark has got to be one of the craziest statements of all time . Besides; I drive one. lol

Zaku's avatar

I don’t hate SUV owners, but I do wish they and other high vision-blocking-vehicles were not so common. It’s annoying being unable to see what’s happening on the road due to many people driving giant walls. If some people need them for groups of soccer kids, ok, but many of them seem to exist just because someone wants to sit high off the road or something.

The main drivers who bug me are ones who follow too close trying to goad me to go faster when I would love to go faster but there are one or more cars ahead of me and all I could do would be to drive at an unsafe distance from them. Worse are the ones who think my safe stopping distance ahead of me is something for them to try to zoom into from the lane to the right of me.

I also dislike traffic police enforcing speed limits in non-dangerous situations.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

It’s not just SUV drivers that do that shit @Zaku.

kritiper's avatar

Here’s a good one for you!
Those car and SUV owners who have the receiver hitches in the back but don’t remove the hitch when it’s not being used.
OUCH! There goes my poor shin…

Zaku's avatar

@Dutchess_lll No, I didn’t mean to say that it was only SUV drivers. Though I might never shut up about it if I were issued a trivial speeding ticket by a tailgating traffic officer driving an SUV. ;-)

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Dutchess It specifically mentions suv’s in the Q.

I define soccer moms in suvs full of children while mom weaves all over the road, usually on a cell. Lol, avoid.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Yes. It specifically says ”....car/suv owners…

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I like driving a 4X4 pick up truck I can see over the idiot car drivers,that for the most part are to distracted by talking on their cell phones and taking pictures for Facebook, to even think about driving.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Lol. The last “soccer mom” that I heard of, via a former classmate, was coming back from a day outing at Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma with 6 kids in the car. She was texting on the freeway and rear ended a semi that was stopped on the freeway. She was doing 70, never even hit her brakes.
Of course, if it had been a soccer dad that never would have happened. Lol.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Dutchess Same here on I44, killed all the kids and mom lived.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

The difference is not the gender. The difference is we are far more likely to have an SUV full of kids being driven by a woman, not a man.
People who text and drive are idiots. That’s all there is to it. Again, has nothing to do with gender.

jca2's avatar

I have a CRV, and I bought it not because I have a lot of kids (I don’t), but so that I can have a little better ride in the snow, if I have to. I have Bluetooth, so I’m not holding the phone (a ticketable offense in my area).

I didn’t understand the statement in the OP about ,how people treat their cars. I own the car, I will treat it how I want to. My last Honda, I had to 210k miles and then I had a problem. I took care of it but I also drive about 30k miles per year. My car is a mess, the other Honda is a mess, it’s maintained but it’s a mess. I own it, if I want it messy, I’ll keep it messy.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I found the rant by the OP a bit odd too, @jca2.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I have to agree with you two^^^ is he ranting the way people drive or the way they treat their own property?
Not everyone has the time or energy to keep their vehicle detailed.
I like mine clean,and I vacuum it out as much as I can,but I am not waxing it several times a month and shampooing the interior,I can’t stand a dusty dash but 98% of the time I just use a dust rag on it.
And I make sure both our vehicles are maintained and safe.
BUT THEY ARE OUR PROPERTY, so if they are dirty or need a cleaning out that is our business and no one else.

Zaku's avatar

Oh one other thing I think is awful is when people smoke in cars and then oblige others to use them, especially children. Stale cigarette smoke in a car is one of my least favorite experiences.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Yeah @Zaku I dislike smoking in vehicles,and never allow anyone to smoke in mine.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I guess op would have hated my first car.
My then new husband bought me an old station wagon, thinking ahead to the kids he expected we’d have. That back end cams in do handy for trash. I usually stopped at Roy Roger’s on my way home from the base. I could was up the trash after in the bag, and Chuck it over my shoulder. On the weekend a rake would pull that stuff right out the tailgate into the garbage can.
Who knew, that wagon could seriously haul ass.

filmfann's avatar

Many SUV drivers insist on parking in COMPACT spaces.
I know this because I am one.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I rarely see “compact” spaces anymore. In parking garages in the city I suppose, but that’s been a long time ago.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

When they drive over the curb to parallel park.

jca2's avatar

And as far as a car being messy, the new buyer can clean it or the dealer who resells it will have it detailed.

kritiper's avatar

@Dutchess_lll I suppose no one who ever had to buy a used car because they couldn’t afford a new car would understand my “rant.” I always consider resale value when I buy. I don’t trash the interior, and I try to not scratch the paint. If I try to sell a dirty car, the new owner may offer less money, not to mention the less money I may get if there are holes in the dash or other interior panels. I’ll probably sell it myself and won’t sell it to a dealer.

jca2's avatar

@kritiper: Don’t you think the car owner has the right to do what they want with the car they pay for?

kritiper's avatar

Well, sure they do! And someone who is looking for a good, clean used car has a right to find such a car! And I would like to sell him mine, for the best price, so I can buy another possibly nicer car, with that money!

raum's avatar

Personally, I wouldn’t mind buying a dirty used car. So long as it’s something that I can clean myself, it wouldn’t affect the functionality and would probably get me a lower price.

As a buyer, I appreciate the range of options. Your pristine car and the ones that were used like a one-owner car.

Brian1946's avatar

@raum

“As a buyer, I appreciate….the ones that were used like a one-owner car.”

Have I got a deal for you! Fresh off the showroom floor…23 years ago! ;-D

jca2's avatar

@kritiper: My last car, the Honda Civic, lasted until 210k miles and then it had a serious problem. I sold it to someone for $250 and whatever he did to it, it’s still running to this day, four years later. I don’t buy cars intending to turn them over, I buy them intending to have them for a long time, so resale value is not a “thing” for me. If I had more money, I would buy a car every few years, but I can’t afford that. For me, when the loan payments stop, it’s a really nice time (that’s the point I’m at now with the CRV). Until the big repairs start, this is like “free time.”

Brian1946's avatar

@jca2

What was the serious problem your last car had?

My wife had an Accord that blew a head gasket at 160K.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@jca2 I do think of resale but again like you I do plan on keeping it a very long time,until it gets to be a pain in repairs to keep it then I get rid of it.

raum's avatar

This thread makes me think of this car listing.

jca2's avatar

The oil light came on and then the engine blew.

The guy who bought it replaced the engine (with a rebuilt one) and it’s running to this day.

The car was very messy inside. It didn’t matter in the end, as the guy who bought it was very happy to get it. It was a 2008 Honda Civic and this was in 2015 when I had that problem and then got the CRV. I buy my cars new and I maintain them very well, but I also drive a lot.

Dutchess_III's avatar

If you leave enough space between you and the suv in front of you it won’t affect your visibility very much. That was another thing Rick and I used to argue about. He seemed to have some sort of need to get up behind people to where all you could see was the back of their truck. You couldn’t see a single thing ahead of them. He finally quiet doing that.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@raum, funny AF! I have seen some clever used car ads, but that one is sweet.

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