Wabi-sabi is the idea that things are changeable and imperfect by their very nature. A thing doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful, particularly not a car. This goes contrary to the legions of enthusiasts and professionals who work tirelessly to take older, worn-out vehicles and return them to how they were when they were new.
The two ideals can exist side by side, despite being polar opposites. The creativity and dedication required to restore a vehicle or even to repair a newer one is something to be admired. It’s a skill not everyone is able to master.
According to CarsYeah, wabi-sabi suggests that we simple take a different approach to things that have been used and changed by the world. A dent, some rust, a scraped fender, all show the imperfect and changeable nature of life. Rather than fighting those changes, choose a wabi-sabi approach and embrace them as a part of the process.