Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Clean Cars at Top of Readers' Wish Lists

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Clean Cars at Top of Readers' Wish Lists

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Last week I shared some ideas from my and my friends' automotive wish lists. And it looks like I got everything that I asked Santa for when readers offered their own ideas for what they'd like in their cars.

So without further ado, let's continue with A Very Driver's Seat Christmas:

Clean it up: Bonnie O'Shell still reads the Post-Gazette every day even though she's relocated to Fort Mohave, Ariz. She offers this: "I would like to add a place to put trash! Even a hook or something to hang a plastic bag from. I am tired of my car looking like a trash can because there is no place to conveniently put trash!"

I have to say I agree with Bonnie. Honda has capitalized on this with the new Odyssey minivan. They've added an onboard vacuum cleaner as an option. It has an actual ShopVac inside the wall with tools, a filter and a small bag, and plenty of suction to pick up the toughest dirt.

Why stop there? After seeing my own vehicles after some trips, I wonder if the vacuum cleaner goes far enough. I'm thinking a hose, a rubber floor and a drain might be more in keeping some families' ideas of taking it all with you.

Reader and good friend Rita Deimler of Durham, N.C., a nurse and dog rescuer, would surely like the same approach. She also suggests that automakers offer something more in tune with pet owners.

Ms. Deimler asks for "interior covering for the back of fold- down seats that is not a magnet for dog hair, and something that will hold a water dish in place without it splashing all around while driving. And when you fold down the dog hair-repelling seats, can there be an inflatable dog/people bed for the back for travel napping?"

As the keeper of Sturgis Dogs 1.0 through 3.0 and occasionally several of their playmates, I have to agree. A comfy place for a nap would certainly be nice for overnight drives when you need to stop and get a quick snooze. …

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