While an enjoyable spectacle, many TikTok users bemoaned the dozer running over what looks like a perfectly good car.
There’s something quintessentially American about running over junk cars with heavy industrial equipment. So it’s no surprise when TikTok user @JJSchecklel uploaded several videos showing a bulldozer running over a shiny red Pontiac Grand Prix, they went absolutely viral.
The only problem commenters had with the grand show is the car looks like it’s in near-perfect condition.
The used car market is hot and people need cars. So, what gives?
Check out the videos for yourself below.
The TikTok account, if you haven’t guessed by the name, is owned and operated by J.J. Scheckel Heavy Equipment Corporation based out of Bellevue, Iowa.
Scheckel HCE sells and services larger-than-life heavy industrial equipment, the type of machinery you’d find at home at an enormous construction site.
The big, yellow dozer is a Caterpillar D11T, part of a lineup of Cat D11 dozers that goes back to 1986 (superseding the D10.) These machines move massive amounts of earth in a short amount of time.
They are expensive. New D11s cost upwards of $1M with used ones, like the one in the video, demanding $500,000 and more.
As for the car, prior to writing this post, I saw a comment from them saying this Pontiac Grand Prix’s engine was toast, so we’ll have to take their word for it.
Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to test drive one of these behemoths than by running over a car. That’s probably what the fine folks at J.J. Scheckel had in mind.
It’s also wonderfully entertaining and relatively free promotion. The two videos above have over 10 million views combined. Who knows what kind of future partnerships and opportunities will arise getting #DozerTok trending among Gen Z.
This isn’t even the first red Pontiac crushed for entertainment-purposes by a Cat D11. This poor Pontiac Firefly met the same demise six years ago.
As for the official reason they crushed this Grand Prix, your guess is as good as mine.
As mentioned, the car was as good as scrap and…why not?