It’s not normal to expect to get a brief shower when you are running your car through the car wash, but that indeed happened.  Just before I get into that story, we should all know when you purchase a used car or truck that there is risk.  Believe it or not some dealerships will still sell you a vehicle that they know for sure will not pass inspection, but once you drive it off the lot all the problems underneath become your problems.  Some used car dealerships will fix your newly purchased vehicle just enough for it to only break down or give you headaches thirty days later.  This appeared to have happened to us while we were living in Frederick County, Maryland.

My wife and I looking to save money or for our money to go much further, we decided to go the used car route.  I had a 2007 Dodge Charger prior to this decision and had to return it back to the dealership two and a half years later due to the car payments being too high.  No one would help me refinance the vehicle and Chrysler was not of help in that endeavor.  Unfortunately, it had to be returned to the dealership, and when you are constantly thinking about either paying your car payment or your rent each month, things need to change ASAP.  So this was part of our decision to get two used vehicles and keep them for as long as we want before changing.

We ended up purchasing two used vehicles, a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP and a 2000 Ford Explorer, which was our first truck purchase together.  I drove the Grand Prix mostly and it was one of my dream cars, which I sometimes miss.  However, the Ford Explorer gave us headaches time and time again, and at times made us feel like we made a bad investment.  One day suddenly the Explorer didn’t want to start and this happened numerous times to my wife while she would either be at work or out somewhere else.  Often this would take place while I was at work and I couldn’t help her right away, but she would figure it out and get home safely.  I can’t tell you how many times I worried about her taking this truck to work and getting stuck, and sometimes I would take the truck to work, but rarely had issues with it.

One time that we actually had to laugh at was when we took our truck to the car wash.  This particular afternoon I believe we were going to run errands and just enjoy our day together since I was off, which was at times rare.  As we pull into the car wash, we did the normal of putting the gear in neutral and allowing the tracks to push the truck through.  Somewhere along the line, maybe halfway through, we were talking and out of the blue the interior dome light came on followed by a ding.  For this split second we both looked at each other and looked up at the light trying to figure out why did the dome light just come on!  As I am trying to figure this out, the answer to my question would soon be revealed when I hear my wife scream trying to hold the driver side door closed.  When I shifted my attention towards her struggling with the door, the mechanics of the car wash got loud immediately!  Within the few seconds that this happened, I began to feel water splashing inside the truck all over the dashboard, interior parts of the windshield and mostly soaking the driver side from head to toe.

Silly me didn’t realize the door was open and that is why the car wash got really loud all of a sudden.  I saw her struggling with the door to close it while water is splashing in, but I quickly realized I couldn’t help her!  I just sat there trying to dodge these soapy water pellets flying in the truck while she’s screaming.  Finally, she was able to get the door closed and save us from getting a full scale wash down.  This became our running joke for days, weeks and months, and still gives us a laugh till this day.  One of our many adventures together, regardless of how small or insignificant it is.  This moment will go down in our history as one of the funniest moments we have ever encountered.  I believe it was during the summer time so my wife dried off pretty quick, but pride, man, was tainted for a bit!  We finally figured it out somehow by accident that the driver side outside door handle was way too loose.  The water pressure would get up underneath the door handle and pull the door open.  So each time we went to the car wash we would have to grab the door from the inside to keep it from flying open.  I know you are probably thinking why not just lock the door, but our locks didn’t always work and they would sometimes work too well!

However, it was a fun truck to own despite her quirks and headaches once we figured out it was her neutral safety switch that was giving us startup problems.  What happened to our vehicles and why we no longer own them is a whole jacked up story that I am far enough removed from to share.  Stay tuned for that story coming up, which will probably be told under the title “The Adventures of D & T”!  We were embarrassed about this for a while, but a brand new car came out of the deal with that later down the road.  I think my temporary position as a detective was somewhat tainted because of it, but I think I was purposely set up to fail regardless, but that’s for a later topic under the crab diaries.

Do you want to share your funny and/or embarrassment stories about any of your used cars?

Henry Scott



  1. Funny story. I have had more than my share of car trouble stories. Currently I have a 2004 van, but I keep AAA in the event that it breaks down. My grandmother told me to stay away from Ford. The acronym for Ford is Fix Or Repair Daily! lol! I’ve heard there are a few good ones, but I don’t trust them very much.


    1. I can completely understand your hesitation with FORD’S. I’m that way with Chevy’s, niy trucks in all brands are fine. I thought you might like this story and I have many more car stories for ya! Like to hear some of yours!


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