SOLC 4 of 31: New Car Graveyard

I live near a stretch of NJ State Route 206 that is peppered with new car dealers. It’s quite odd actually, this row of new car dealers in the midst of a quite suburban setting. But there they are: Honda, Audi, Land Rover, Volkswagen and coming soon: Jaguar. I pass them daily and note that their inventory is beginning to spread into open lots nearby the dealers.

Lot after lot of new cars, waiting to be taken home. But who will take them, and when? How long will they sit there unused and unbought before they don’t feel “new” anymore?

I wonder about these cars, just as I wonder about the unpicked cut Christmas trees – what will become of them?

I’m struck by the excess of them – the quantity – so many unclaimed. I recall that I’ve never bought a new car straight off the lot. I’m sure folks do, but as I recall, all of my cars I’ve had to wait for. Perhaps I’m always talked into customization or something else.

There must be a small window though for these new cars to go from the “new car” lot, to the “new car graveyard” – hoping for a last chance to be bought before moved to the used car lot or sold to the car rental industry.

Not earth shattering thoughts, but as I pass these lots every day, I do wonder about those cars in the new car graveyard.


  1. bsayer720 said,

    March 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I was driving back from a visit to my sister in Pittsburgh, and I had a very similar thought. Those cars all look so pretty, lined up there, but where do they go if they don’t get sold?

  2. glenda funk said,

    March 5, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I’ve had similar thoughts.
    Maybe some of the new New Jersey cars hop on a transport and get beamed over to flyover states. Maybe they all get sold only to be replaced by clones. Maybe they migrate to other countries or find their way into rental fleets.

  3. March 5, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I feel like this post has a lot of potential for deeper meaning – an analogy for something bigger? Thank you for sharing!

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