Kids, pets create a ‘dumpster on wheels’

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The search for the continent’s Messiest Car is over. A San Antonio resident and mother of three, Maria Williams, was deemed the worst among hundreds who submitted entries in the first annual MyLife.MyCar.MyMess online contest.

Her prize? A brand-new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica Touring with kid-, pet- and ketchup-proof YES Essentials cloth seating.

Her winning entry included photos of her messy vehicle, as well as an essay describing how her favourite lipstick shades, her children’s favourite foods and her pets’ unique odours decorate her SUV’s interior as she zips to football practice, field trips and work.

"I heard about the contest and wanted to enter my ‘Circus Car,’ as I so lovingly refer to it," said Williams. "Our family of five practically lives in our vehicle, and we are constantly on the go, while eating and drinking on our way to the next event in our lives."

"I can’t believe I won! This will definitely keep me motivated to keep our new family vehicle clean," she added.

Many of us are over-scheduled, over-worked and over-committed through trying to meet the daily demands of a career, family and friends. However, drivers still want to keep their car free of dirt and debris without committing to a daily interior car cleaning regimen.

"We’ve had a lot of fun with this contest. It evolved into a support group for messy car owners, with participants telling a unique story about their ‘life on the go,’ " said Stacy Walker, marketing communications manager for YES Essentials products.

"After reviewing the entries, we are convinced that in order to find out just how you neighbour lives, you only have to peek through their car window!"

YES Esentials is a stain-free, odour-resistant material designed to make a family’s hectic motoring life just a little easier.

Chrysler is the first in the market to offer this fabric in its vehicles in 2007 and 2008.

contest results

  • The winning entries of the Messiest Car contest were selected by an independent judging panel, and can be found at

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