“Everyone hits this car!”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Tricia
- Car in Question: 2008 Black Mazda 3
- Spotted at: North Run Farm Pumpkin Patch, Stevenson, MD 21153
- Odometer: 78,304
- Car’s Nickname: Tony
Q: What’s wrong with your car?
A: Right now it has a donut on the front tire.
Q: What happened?
A: I don’t know. I was driving around and I was like, wow, there’s a weird noise. Then my car started veering to the left.
Q: Was it on the freeway?
A: No, it was on Route 40 in Bel Air.
Q: Did you change it yourself?
A: Absolutely not. I had my passenger with me and he changed it.
Q: Are you going to change the tire soon?
A: I tried to go today. I go to this place on 40 that’s kind of shady, but they give you tires for forty bucks. They were closed though.
Q: Are you from Bel Air?
A: No, I’m from Reisterstown.
Q: So the tire exploded out of nowhere?!
A: Out of nowhere. It’s a demon car.
Q: Demon car? What else happened to it?
A: This back bumper has been replaced three times. This back door is a 2010. Someone drunk ran a red light and crushed the inside. It was $9,000 for her to fix. I didn’t have to pay for it fortunately. My insurance covered it.
A: In Fells Point, someone keyed it.
Q: An enemy?
A: No, just some drunk idiot walking around. And my neighbor hit the front of it once. Oh, and another neighbor hit the front mirror before, too.
Q: Anything else?
A: You have to close the back door twice to register that it’s actually closed.
Q: The one that was crushed and keyed?
A: Yeah. It’s like sorcery. If you open it once and close it, it doesn’t sense that it’s closed.
Q: Do people get annoyed when they have to do that?
A: I don’t think so. Today it was just like, open and close it twice.
Q: Well, at least your car is safe enough to drive to pumpkin patches.
A: True. It got us here no problem.
Q: Have you taken a lot of long distance trips in this car?
A: I took it to Florida in June or July. I’ve driven it to Georgia before. I took it to Savannah the summer before that.
Q: Oh. So mechanically, at least, it’s fine.
Q: What do you use this car for mainly?
A: School and work.
Q: Do you go to school in the area?
A: CCBC in Catonsville.
Q: Do you have any rules in the car when people are with you?
A: <laughs> No, I don’t think so.
Q: OK, so be honest, lead foot?
Q: But all the accidents had nothing to do with that, I’m sure.
A: No! None of them were my fault.
Q: What do you usually listen to when you drive?
A: It depends. Usually the iPod or the radio.
Q: If your car had a human emotion what would it be?
A: Ultimate sadness.
Q: Does it have a nickname?
Q: Why Tony?
A: I have no idea. Just…Tony Mazda? I don’t know, it has a good ring to it.
Q: You just gave it a generic name?
Q: How’d you get it? How long have you had it?
A: I bought it in 2008. I bought it new. I just went to the dealership and said, I want this car, and I bought it.
Q: What do you think your next car will be?
A: I don’t know. I’m going to drive this till it dies, till it just can’t go any farther.
Q: Well it sounds like, despite all the afflictions, it might take longer than you’d like.
A: Yeah. It’s indestructible.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about your car?
A: It’s for sale, if you wanna buy it.
Q: How much are you willing to sell this incredible car for?
A: Ten thousand dollars.
Q: We’ll get back to you.
Photos and interview by Eldis Sula
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