Long-term Chrysler Pacifica update: How it got these scars
You might think that a childless millennial like myself would have no use for a mini van, let alone one that's been given to us for an entire year, but our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been a pillar of my life during its time here.
So much so, in fact, that I've given it a nickname, the battle wagon.
I may not have kids but I have two dogs whose only purpose in life appear to be slobbering and shouting.
I've spent countless hours moving seats around laying down blankets and getting these furry rascals into and out of the battlewagon and it shows.
Hair seems permanently embedded in the carpet and dog nails leave lovely semi permanent marks on just about every piece of plastic imaginable.
When the dogs are strapped in, the typical end point is about 250 miles away in Chicago.
Over and over again I drive between Michigan and Illinois, soaking up miles and covering the battle wagon in a nice betina of dead bugs, dirt and rocks.
One little bastard of a rock thought it would be fun to leave a big ole crack in the battle wagon's windshield.
T'was merely a flesh wound though and a little less than $800 later, the old gal's good as new.
Nick, our man behind the camera, is also helping the battle wagon earn its name.
He's no stranger to taking his son on long trips, which means the dog hair and slobber end up co-mingling with long forgotten pieces of toys and whole Cheerios.
The battle wagon's doesn't end there.
It also serves as our valiant video production vehicle swallowing up pelican cases by the pallet.
While it has no problem handling the weight of these containers all that hard plastic keep contacting the softer plastic inside the van leading to yet another litany of semipermanant scraps and bruises.
Aside from the physical blemishes though, the battle wagon soldiers on.
These are family vehicles after all, so wear and tear isn't just expected, it's pretty close to mandatory.
20,000 miles have flown by, with all the mechanical bits and bobs performing as close to perfectly as possible.
And we're looking forward to piling on even more before our 12 months of mini van draws to a close.