When buying a used car off Craigslist sight unseen, you worry it might not work. You don’t usually worry that it’s carrying around a cranky spirit or something. I’m beginning to wonder.
I guess you can’t really call a flat tire caused by a very obvious giant nail a possession problem, but it’s still odd to get one so soon after getting the car on such new tires.
Meanwhile, on Friday I walked out of my house with my car keys in hand to find the car running. Or something. I went over to it and checked that I wasn’t insane. The ignition was all the way off and I was indeed still holding the keys. I had been home with the car presumably off for almost an hour. I turned the key to the first position and then back to off and the car went off. I went to the airport to get Sergio and it ran fine. By far the strangest car thing I had ever experienced.
Today, while sitting totally still at a stop light, Sergio was startled when the back windshield shattered. Completely.
We have no idea what happened. The car wasn’t moving. It’s possible it could have been shot at by a BB or pellet gun, but it seems so unlikely where he was sitting. Baffling.
Do you think the car is trying to kill us? There’s a book like this, right?
***I did look up the car coming on spontaneously thing out of fear of dying in bed from carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s actually a feature of Volvos. They dehumidify themselves for 7 minutes from time to time. The engine doesn’t come on but the fan runs so hard you’d be hard pressed to know it wasn’t on.