Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This is complete insanitity - more ghost cars.

An intrepid reader brought this to my attention. It's in the East Bay and is full of Lexus's.  Since I live somewhat close to this area I knew about this lot. It's been building for a really long time now. I'd say six months. But while I was out there there the gardeners were working. So I asked them how long these cars had been building up. They said years, but I don't think it's been quite that long. Maybe a year.

They've been out there so long that the protective plastic is falling off the cars. And they are super dirty. Some still have the plastic on the seats.

I'm starting to think the feedback loop is the same as during the housing crisis. If they lower prices, then everyone has to lower prices. And from history it seems like they would rather go out of business than do that.

The sad thing is I ran across two other overflow lots trying to get these shots but I couldn't find a place to park so I'm going to have to do a pickup trip to get them. There are enough cars here I could have done a video, but I was by myself.


  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeWednesday, July 19, 2017 6:26:00 PM

    This is like pr0n for you -- next we'll see you with links to :-)

    Let's have some theme music for the carpocalypse then.

    "I move to dissolve the Corporation
    In a pool of margaritas ..."


  2. Capital of Texas RefugeeWednesday, July 19, 2017 6:34:00 PM

    Oh, also, to all of those stupid Moe Foes who are still carjacking people ...

    What the hell is wrong with you? These "ghost cars" are pretty much new and ready to steal.

    You're going to risk a felony assault conviction or worse when these cars nobody but the banks will miss are sitting there ready to roll onto your double-stack carjack vehicle of choice?

    Were all of you born too stupid to live? What the hell is wrong with you?

    And what the hell is wrong with all of us for paying retail?

    We must be even dumber than all of you Moe Foes. :-)

  3. Na.... I don't believe in the dead mall thing. I think that old malls will die and be replaced by mixed use malls/housing. And anyway.... it seems like we might need dead malls to store all the shadow car inventory. Right?

    Do you think I'm being a little obsessive?

    Like you said I find it fascinating that these are being stored in non secure lots. There are taggers and car theft is really on the rise right now. The whole thing is really odd. It's the kind of thing where you think some companies are not going to survive.

  4. You know, this is a good convergence of two businesses. Too many cars and too much retail space with empty parking lots being put to some use.

  5. Malls need money. Dealers need to store cars. Perfect. Then it all explodes in a blaze of glory for both of them. At least I know what will happen to the malls. Who knows what happens with these cars. I do know that mice seem to love new car parts. So I think these things are decaying right on the lot.

  6. You should send your videos to zerohedge, i think you are onto something. If you can find a half a dozen of these ghosts Lots in the Bay Area I bet there are at least another half a dozen you can't find. Who knows how many of these things are Parts across the entire us it certainly makes you wonder what kind of business model warehouses cars for a year or more? Df

  7. Capital of Texas RefugeeThursday, July 20, 2017 10:40:00 PM

    It took thirty-eight years for the mall featured in the movie "The Blues Brothers" to finally change from a dead mall to a completely clean empty lot ...

    Dixie Square Mall, Harvey, Illinois

    This magnificent monstrosity went belly up back in the Jimmy Carter era.

    These things sometimes don't even come close to happening overnight.

  8. Yeah. That's how the bureaucracy lives. If you can't bribe someone enough to tear down your asbestos laden mall - It would be easier to buy a fire pit and just throw your money in there.

    Hell.... it took Google money to get rid of the asbestos at Moffett Field. And kickbacks of course.

    I do love me some Blues Brothers though. What'd I do to piss you off this time baaaaaaby. Now I'm gonna have to rewatch their stuff to see that mall.

  9. Capital of Texas RefugeeFriday, July 21, 2017 4:56:00 PM

    Here's what's creepy: there are malls where the cemeteries that existed prior to the mall's construction have outlived the malls.

    This is an actual thing.

    Paved Paradise: Cemeteries in Parking Lots

    The most noticeable of these I'd ever encountered was this one in Toronto.

    GTA Tripping: Cemetery in a Parking Lot

    It's so big and so close that it's nearly impossible to miss.

    There are a surprising number of these things all over the US and Canada.

  10. That is the funniest thing ever. But crap - a body will mess everything up. It might make me change my mind about malls if that is a "thing". Remains are actually worse than asbestos!

    I don't really understand the economics of cemeteries. I only have two family members who are in the ground. I don't think anyone in my family has been to the cemetery since they were put there. And I'm sure they don't keep paying them money. I just don't understand how they stay in business. I bet most of the people in the ground- their relatives don't visit either. People just use the cemeteries as parks these days. They walk their dogs. It's a nice place to work out.

    Thanks for those links though. I did not know that existed at all. And it makes me laugh in a way. I mean, some malls are sort of cemeteries these days - so it's a little fitting. But man, I'd rather have asbestos.