Why We Took the Car is a novel by the German writer Wolfgang Herrndorf, published in 2010. The story hinges on the friendship of two teens-outsiders. During the summer holidays they set off on a journey around the neighborhood in an old Niva car and meet there all types of people, swim in a lake and just enjoy the journey. Notwithstanding the array of problems in the family, relationships and at school, they discover the beauty in the world around. And that is why it deserves love.