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Hoarders: Automotive Edition

Tanshanomi February 7, 2011 Quick Shifts 46 Comments

My wife occasionally tunes in the A&E TV show Hoarders. I really don’t share her uneasy fascination with the bizarre and dysfunctional behavior of compulsive hoarders, but when I pulled up next to this Ford Escape at a local grocery store, I couldn’t help but pull out my cell phone and snap a couple of pics. All I could think was, wow — those people really are out there, right in my neighborhood. Another image after the jump.

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  1. VeeArrrSix says:

    That has got to be illegal. But with unemployment/foreclosure/economic problems lately maybe Cops are going easy on people.

  2. Thrashy says:

    I knew I'd been saving these pictures for something!
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2604/3834276729_c1b4a40e47.jpg"&gt;
    I've got a bunch more of this heap up on flickr.

  3. facelvega says:

    Well, there are hoarders who stick stuff in cars, and then there are the real automotive hoarders, the ones with twelve old cars in the yard, garage, and barn, maybe four of them working, and parts for another half-dozen sitting around. Anybody got some pictures handy of those? Of course, it won't be pictures of your own yard, just a friend of a friend.

    • ZomBee Racer says:


      …would 10 vehicles, 3 operational, and random parts in every room of the house suffice?

      Not that I know anyone like that. (Removes engine bearing set from microwave cart)

      • Age_of_Aerostar says:

        Whatcha got there in the yard?

        • ZomBee Racer says:

          67 Datsun (SSS), 67 Polara, 72 MGBGT, 77 Ironhead, 77 MGB Lemons racer, old Dodge RV tow rig, 79 MGB, 83 GPz 550, late R/T Dakota, and wife's itty-bitty teeny-weenie smart car. :-)

          Of those, only the wife's car, Lemon MGB and Motorhome are able to drive to the store with half an hour's notice.

          I also have a pair of antique single-wheel trailers just to be different. One has a flat, which is kind of a big deal on a one wheel trailer.

          • Age_of_Aerostar says:

            Cool collection, I'm jealous. (well, minus the Smart car, but then, it's not yours, so……)

          • Smells_Homeless says:

            They may need some waking up, but look at it this way. Datsun rides Polara. 77 Sporty tows 77 Lemons racer. RV swallows 72 MG. GPz makes the 79 MG shake it's head, but MG allows itself to be pulled along. And the Smart rides in the R/T. Everybody's matched! It's like a Valentine's Day miracle.

            • facelvega says:

              I know it's all pairings, but when you string them together like that it sounds like an automotive turducken or cherpumple.

              • Smells_Homeless says:

                Naa, just an automotive square dance. Break out the banjo music!

                • Deartháir says:


                  /Anyone who says anythin' 'bout anyone havin' a purdy mouth is gettin' shot.

          • dead_elvis says:

            Pix of that GPz would be great – maybe appropriate tomorrow, for Two-Wheel Tuesday?

          • ChuckyShamrok says:

            Whats wrong with the R/T? I love mine and their pretty dependable truck. The transmission wasn't designed to be flogged like it is in the R/T though

            • ZomBee Racer says:

              Nothing really, it's been a great truck. I just put too many @#$%& miles on it.

              It's a 98 1/2 so I wanted to kinda keep it in somewhat collectible condition. Then I started dating a crazy college exchange chick hundred's of miles away and put a gazillion miles on it (worth every mile). Then I got thumped in the front & rear bumpers. Then I got hit by an owl. Then a deer, and another owl. Then it hit 100K, developed a slight gas smell and wore out the tires so I decided not to fix it so I couldn't possibly drive it anymore. :-)

              I keep it parked right outside the kitchen window so I can stare at it and remember the crazy exchange chick. I may put it back on the road next year.

      • mdharrell says:

        I'm only up to eight vehicles, three operational, and random parts in every room of the house and chicken coop, so you've got me beat!

        You'll have to decide for yourself whether to feel good or bad about that achievement.

        • ZomBee Racer says:

          2 words… "Chicken coop".

          When you factor in that one of my 10 isn't actually mine, plus the fact that one of your cars can fit INSIDE said chicken coop with room to spare for the chickens, I think you have me beat.

          • mdharrell says:

            I'm pretty sure the coop hasn't actually seen a chicken in decades (hmm, though there is room…), so these days I use it for storing some of the larger, quasi-weather-resistant MG, Plymouth, and SAAB parts.

        • Age_of_Aerostar says:

          OK, same question…. whatcha got in the yard?

          • mdharrell says:

            The list is revealed by hovering your mouse pointer over my avatar photo (which itself is one of them), then for even more info, following the appropriately-named "An Accumulation" link will lead to an article on everything except the disassembled Skyliner (currently at my father's place) and the HMV Freeway (acquired subsequently).

        • FuzzyPlushroom says:

          Three vehicles, one of which is a storage shed of parts for the other two. I think I'm okay for now.

      • logume1881 says:

        Were up to 11 here (stocked up for winter) with 9 that run, but "only" 5 are insured to be driven.

  4. blueplate says:

    The strange thing to me is how often the car-stuffing type of hoarder is driving a relatively new vehicle. Neither of the pics above is a rusty junker.. both are relatively new, somewhat shiny paint .. filled with junk.

    • Age_of_Aerostar says:

      The Escape came out as a 2001 model, so it could be 10 years old, that's more than enough time for one of these people to fill it up. (of course, I highly doubt that they bought it new….. rather I hope they didn't, because can you imagine the smell after it's been holding garbage for 10 years? ewwwwww

    • ptschett says:

      Around here the car of choice for these folks seems to be the 1st-generation Mopar minivan. There used to be one that I saw every time I parked in the lot behind my favorite Chinese restaurant downtown.

  5. Van Sarockin says:

    I used to go out with a girls who had the trunk and back seat of her Accord absolutely packed with stuff. A lot of it was random outdoorsy stuff, so she could stop and go for a swim or a bike ride at any moment. I kind of admired that, but boy was she tweaked.

  6. Maxichamp says:

    I've got a friend with this problem, and it is a mental health issue. He's got so much stuff, even on his bed, you can literally see the outline of where he sleeps because it's the only part without junk (think snow angel). It's not good.

  7. $kaycog says:

    I am astounded at the conditions the people actually live in on "Hoarders". Animal Planet has a show about animal hoarders which is always unbelievable and appalling. This picture is from 2009 in Texas where a woman was living in her car with 22 dogs. The SPCA said that the car was soaked with urine and covered in feces. The ammonia level in the vehicle was 23 parts per million even after the doors had been opened for several minutes. As a frame of reference, humans start experiencing health issues at 12 parts per million.

    <img src="http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/22-dogs-in-car.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  8. bboxy says:

    my 40-ish neighbor a few doors down has a YJ Wrangler, soft top, with only her seat and the stick shift area not covered by floor-to-ceiling boxes, bags, books, trash, clothing, etc. and it looks like her dark dungeon of a condo is similarly decorated the time or two I've caught a glimpse through her curtain-crack. I'm always like, buy a bigger car than a YJ if you need it to hold all your collection of boxes full of plastic coat hangers and tattered paperbacks

  9. Ryans92L says:

    While I admit to tossing the occasional bottle or food packaging article in the back seat some times, I dont think that there is ever a way for me to let that happen…

  10. Alff says:

    Not that I'd let it ever get this far, but I do have a standing date every month to completely empty each vehicle. This is to prevent certain items (like the boxes of left over marble and granite tile currently taking up space in the back seat of the pickup, or the TV in the wagon's way back) from becoming permanent fixtures.

  11. alcology says:

    There was a woman with a car like this in massachusetts, she was at a gas station when some trash got stuck on the gas and under brake pedal. She flew across 4 lanes of traffic and into another building across the street.

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