Magazine June 24, 2019, Issue

You Call Yourself a Car Salesman?

2020 Subaru Outback (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

A few years ago I was in an auto showroom, looking at an immense vehicle that could clear a snowbank three feet high. If the salesman had patted the side and said “Now what’s it going to take to get you into this car?” I’d have said “A ladder.”

I didn’t need that much car. I didn’t need any car, since I was still enjoying my vehicle — but sometimes you are drawn to a showroom like a man contemplating an affair. You’ll stay faithful, but what’s the harm in flirting?

Then one day you get out the title for your

This article appears as “Auto Ennui” in the June 24, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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