Facebook Interest Groups: Down the Rabbit Hole We Go

Facebook Interest Groups: Down the Rabbit Hole We Go

I joined a Honda Civic 11th Gen Facebook group and quickly realized I was out of my element.

Shortly after I bought my Honda Civic Sport a year ago, I joined a “Honda Civic 11th Gen” Facebook group, which is “for those who own or are interested in the Honda Civic Sport 11th gen.” And I kind of regret my decision because I feel a little out of place.

First of all, it seems most members are in their 20s, and with youth I suppose comes the feeling you’ll never die. Perhaps that explains one post titled, “How fast have you gone?” 130 mph, 125, 140 … if these replies were true, I couldn’t believe it. I meekly responded, “80,” adding that “with age comes wisdom.” I guess these kids are hellbent on blowing up their engines. More work for us? Nah, we all know at those speeds that, if a collision were to occur, there wouldn’t be anything left to repair. Wow. Dangerous to them and the motoring public.

Secondly, everyone is customizing the heck out of their Civic Sports — spoilers, emblems, wheels, rims, lights, seats, windows, you name it. They’re even turbocharging the engines. I, for one, like my cars stock. I bought it because I liked how it looked as is. And I certainly don’t want to mess with the engineering. Granted, I’m not a “car guy,” which I’ve always said throughout my career. I have a passion for the collision industry but am not a dyed-in-the-wool gearhead. So maybe that’s why I’m not interested in customization. Whenever I post a pic of my car all shined up, I get the comment, “Man, you should tint that up!” No thanks — it’s just not for me.

I can occasionally lend my knowledge on collision repairs or advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), but there again you get a litany of responses from the “experts,” whose answers are all different. 

Lately, I’ve been seeing alarming photos of members’ Honda Civic Sports with the wheels missing. In one post, the police said it was the sixth incident with a Civic they’d seen that week. I guess they’re a hot commodity. To see my car perched on cinderblocks would cause me recurring nightmares and make me vow to track down and maim the ne’er-do-wells Charles Bronson-style.  

I might be a little out of my element in this Honda Civic Sport 11th Gen Facebook group, but it has opened up my eyes even more to the crazy rabbit hole that is social media. Problem is, I come away gibbering like the Mad Hatter!

You May Also Like

Idaho Auto Body Shop Builds a Legacy

Family-run CARSTAR Hayden’s goal is to expertly repair cars according to manufacturer standards and create a positive environment while doing it.

CARSTAR Hayden in Hayden, Idaho, opened its doors in 2018 and has been positively impacting the community ever since. From stellar customer service to industry-leading collision repair, the CARSTAR Hayden team has been a staple for those in the area.

Greg Solesbee, owner of CARSTAR Hayden, comes from a long history of vehicle repair. As the youngest of seven, he grew up surrounded by the automotive industry. Now married with four kids of his own, Solesbee and his wife, Rachelle, set out to open their own collision repair facility.

Damien Reyna: From Technician to COO of Driven Brands Collision

When Damien Reyna started out as an apprentice technician at CARSTAR Mundelein, he never envisioned a world through his safety glasses where he was leading the entire organization.

Body Shop Brothers Embrace Family-First Mindset

Jeremy and Matt Buller, brothers and owners of three North Dakota Abra Auto Body locations, take a family approach to growing their business with top talent in place.

Rock On, Michael!

Michael Bradshaw, vice president of K & M Collision, was named a Vehicle Care RockStar due to standing up for what he believes in.

Meet the Auto Body Instructor: Norm Markham

Norm Markham was a student at Dennis Technical Education Center in the early 1980s and is now one of the collision repair and automotive refinishing instructors there.

Other Posts

When Will OEM Referrals Replace DRP Referrals?

When will insurer DRPs end and car manufacturers dictate where the car gets repaired?

Auto Insurers and Total Losses

Is it legal for an insurance company to abandon the salvage of a vehicle they deemed a total loss?

Proper Paint Prep: Cleaning and Abrading

Why do we constantly need to revisit the fundamentals of paint preparation? Because nothing is faster or more profitable than doing the job one time.

Are the Technician Shortage Tides Turning?

TechForce Foundation data shows that nearly 50,000 new automotive technicians joined the workforce in 2022, for a total of over 78,000 in two years.