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April 3, 2012

Already damaged

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My husband bought a new car in March.  It's a Chrysler 300 SRT.  It's a total racing sedan, and it's his third one.  He really loves his car.  It's stylish, speedy and full of features.  He's waited since September for this one.

It's already damaged.

He bought his first SRT during a snowstorm.  It was tricky getting home (not much traction) and he commented that this was not a car to drive in the snow.  During spring break, he left it at the dealership to have the brakes checked.  Two of the mechanics took it for a test drive and flipped the car.  No one was hurt, but the car was totaled.  He was out of town on business when a police officer came to our house to have me sign the police report.  My heart has never beat faster.

The new car, as it sat in our driveway, was damaged.

His second SRT stayed with us through its lease, but I began to think the car was jinxed.   Two times my husband was rear-ended (once because of a duck, the other by a new driver hitting the car behind him).  He knew the first name of the receptionist at the body shop by the end of the car's lease.

The new car was scratched, purposefully.

This year he waited six months for the newest SRT to be built.  We've had it for less than a month.  Last night he discovered a scratch on the back of the trunk and a wad of gum at the end of the scratch.  He thinks it was done in our driveway, in broad daylight.  He felt so disgusted last night.

Why does someone have to ruin something nice?

It's a scratch that can be fixed, but we can't figure out why someone would do something like that.  It does hang over the sidewalk when it's parked.  Are there really bored teens?  The questions will never be answered.


  1. Oh my makes me so angry when I think that someone would purposely damage someone's property! Don't you just wonder what they are thinking when they make the choice to do this???? And you are right, these questions will never be answered. UGH!

  2. Ugh! So frustrating!!! I guess the good news is that it is only a car and it's bound to dinged or scratched. But when it's purposefully damaged . . . really? Nothing better to do? Ugh! So frustrating!!! (Is it time to clean out the garage again to keep it in a safe spot?)

  3. Oh Chris, this is awful! My husband is a car nut so I had to read this to him and he gasped at each incident. He feels your husband's pain. How can someone get pleasure from such incidents of vandalism? I loved your structure, I just wish you didn't have this story to tell.

  4. This is awful! Things like this make me angry and frustrated for you. Best of luck in getting this fixed, but it does seem like you should be able to just enjoy your car without having to worry about vandals. So sorry.

  5. So sorry to hear about the damage to your husband's car. I don't understand how people can be so heartless and get joy out of doing damage to others property. To look on the bright side, it can be fixed and look new again.

  6. How frustrating! I hope this third one begins to have better luck after the scratch. So disappointing.