Implausibly, my car (obtained last year from a lady owner who had most recently loaned it to her daughter to learn to drive in) remains road legal. Permanent minor electrical fault, self draining battery and slight (there is no other word for it) moistness notwithstanding. And that's before I even start on the filth, the substrate, the grime in its crevices which has now started to sprout:
Spiders throng round every hidey hole. Algae blooms wherever water gathers. Someone has scrawled a tag in the filth on the roof, which is now visible as a space of different griminess.
The state of the seals round the windows probably tells you everything you need to know about why this car has never been near a carwash. Rain mostly stays outside. Mostly. But the greenery sprouts. It's a reminder of how close my car is to reclamation by nature.