In my last post, I wrote that PR has the most cars per square mile in the world. But I’d be so bold as to say that at least 1/4 of those cars are sitting around abandoned.
I drive through a slightly dodgy neighborhood on my way to school. I take the most direct road straight though it (past the shoes hanging from the telephone wires above). But one day a garbage truck was blocking the road so I took a slightly different route to circumvent it. Which led me deeper into the neighborhood. To find nearly every house had an abandoned car.
I took all 12 of these photos in a 4 block stretch. Some cars you can’t tell are abandoned from the photo, but believe me. I could tell they were.
Some had aged flat tires. Some no wheels at all. Some just had a layer of dust, while some had bushes growing on them.
Is it hard to get rid of an old car here? What’s the process? Is there a large fee? The hassle must be more than the people deem worthy if they are willing to put up with all these eyesores.
I could have snapped one more, but the nice guy in front of it was kindly waving at me while feeding his chickens (in the road). I thought it would be rude to just snap a photo of the old car behind him. And risk hitting one of his chickens. In the road.
Haha! We noticed a rusted old car that had no paint left on it and tires were almost completely sunk down into the dirt. Holes all over it…ancient looking. Yes, seems to be an issue in PR 🙂
This used to be an issue in the Caguas area until a local junkyard started paying people for scrap metal. Now we have the opposite problem. If you drive an old junker and you park it on the street you have to put a sign on it that says “not junk” or some guy with a tow truck will drive away with it. It’s essentially the same reason why aluminum cans get picked up and everything else gets left behind. Garbage stops being garbage when it starts signing your paychecks.
haha! That’s a good point!
Parts cars. Valuable resource if you need something.
I noticed that some families buy 2 of the same car. I am sure this is because if one breaks you have parts. I now do the same thing with my lawn mowers. 2 of the exact same type.