We all want our cars to be impressive. Many of us want our cars to be unique to ourselves. What little customizations can I do to make this car distinctly mine? Well, some people skip the little customizations and leap straight to some pretty over-the-top concepts.
Witness these seventy-three paint jobs that will instantly make you facepalm.
1) How Decorative
A lot of intricate work has gone into the paint job of this Mini. It might be okay if you shrunk that thing down and used it as an ornament, but out on the roads, it’s just a distracting hazard.
2) So That’s Why They Call It An Eyesore
Our eyes are so sore just from looking at this thing. Someone has been reading way too many fantasy stories and decided to paint a red-eyed dragon on the side of their old car. It’s quite a detailed design, but we’re sure it looks better on a book cover or in a video game.
This is what happens when you take the whole ‘snakeskin’ effect to the extreme. It might look fine in some weird art gallery or in your own private garage, but you really can’t take that thing out on the road.
Okay, this one has a cat with a gun riding a fire-breathing unicorn with a huge rainbow in the background. So we kinda love it. But we also kinda hate it. What’s your view?
5) Now We’re Hungry
Nerds are always a tasty treat, but even if you love them more than life itself, is that any reason to get your car painted like this? The only person who should be behind that wheel is Willy Wonka himself.
A whole lot of work must have gone into this design, with that intricate, colorful mosaic covering the whole thing. There’s even a matching paint job on the wheels. And for some reason, a bust of Elvis is sitting on the dashboard. Because why not?
Wow. You know exactly what sort of guy is behind the wheel of that thing. It’s funny how he clearly took the time to get a custom license plate with the word ‘Dropper’, but then we guess he decided people weren’t getting the message, so he added the paint job to clarify what he meant.
Maybe the owner of this car really loves The Lion King. Maybe they had a great time on safari in Africa. Or maybe they’re just a bit silly and have no notion of good taste.
9) Ruining A Classic
The Rugrats was a truly classic cartoon of the late 90s and early 2000s, and many of the kids who grew up with the show are adults now with children of their own. Maybe one of them wanted to relive a little of the past with this ‘Thug Rats’ paint job, but it just looks awful.
10) An Ad On Wheels
Whoever owns this car must really love Burberry. They copied the brand’s famous color scheme and plastered it all over their car, basically turning the vehicle into an ad with wheels.
We’ve seen some awful paint jobs here, and this one goes a little further off-the-rails with a weird wooden design! There’s even a wooden bumper on the front, which probably won’t offer much protection if ever this thing crashes into something tough. Let’s hope the owner keeps it off the roads.
12) Now We’re Really Hungry
We were already pretty hungry after seeing the Nerds car, but this one is pushing us over the edge. These kinds of cars can actually do an amazing job of selling more snacks!
13) Do Not Pass Go
This just looks weird. There are plenty of cool things you could have done with a Monopoly-inspired card design, but just lazily sticking a few property cards and Monopoly logos on the side makes the whole thing look pretty pathetic.
14) Special Delivery
We’re not sure about the story behind this UPS-themed car but with only two seats and not a lot of space, it’s not exactly the best-equipped vehicle to be making deliveries around town.
15) Snake Style
Snakeskin was once a real fashion statement, but these days, it’s a little old-fashioned. This car looks like it’s owned by some old guy who wants to be cool but doesn’t quite know what ‘cool’ really means.
16) Look At The Paw!
There’s so much wrong with this design, it’s hard to know where to start. Oh, wait, no it’s not! Just look at that paw on the side! It’s totally out of perspective with the gigantic face covering the whole hood. If that was a real cat, it wouldn’t even be able to walk with such a massive head and such tiny paws.
17) What Even…?
There’s absolutely no logic to this one. At least not any that we can see! The whole car is covered in random arrows and lightning bolts, with no rhyme or reason to be found anywhere.
18) Fooled Us
You know Porsh, right? It’s just like Buggaty. And Lambrogeeny. And Ferrary.
This cute little Mini Cooper has been painted with an adorable little bear sitting on the side in a field of daisies. It’s quite cute, but it’s the sort of picture that belongs on a greeting card, not a car.
20) Look Out For Gators
Want to know how to ruin a classy Mercedes Benz? Just cover it with pictures of alligators.
There’s an apostrophe missing here. But even without the typo, it still looks stupid.
22) Here, Kitty Kitty
These cars should be outlawed on the roads. They could cause an accident if some other driver sees this design and tries to figure out why it exists.
In general, it’s not a good idea to try and copy McDonald’s in any way as they have a tendency to sue pretty much anyone who attempts that sort of thing. But even without the threat of legal action, this car is just one big mistake.
24) Sailing The Seven Seas
Looks like the owner of this car must be a big fan of sailing. There’s nothing wrong with that, exactly. But if you love sailing so much, get out there and sail! Don’t waste hours painting your car.
25) Gotta Catch ‘Em All
The owner of this elaborately modded and painted vehicle is clearly a big Pokemon fan. They’ve got pictures of several Pokemon around the body and the van itself has been adjusted to look like a Gyrados. It might be cool for a kid, but imagine driving to work in that thing!
26) One Step Further
Leopard print wasn’t enough for this woman. She just had to go one step further and get an actual big cat head on the side of her car. We love cats, but this is a step too far.
27) What’s Your Age Again?
Seriously, unless you’re a teenager, this bad Blink 182 design is just embarrassing! Whoever did this probably had some major regrets not too long after.
28) Oh Dear…
These paint jobs just seem to get worse and worse. This one is a real mess, from the crooked ‘Dragon’ lettering at the base of the hood to the terrible ‘3D’ effect of the dragon itself. Can we even call that thing a dragon? Let’s just move on and forget about it.
Someone has painted this old car to look like a tortoise. We wonder if it was done intentionally by the owner, or as a prank by one of their friends. Either way, it’s a shame to ruin a classic beauty with such a silly paint job.
30) So Legit
Oh yeah. You fooled us. This is absolutely an official Louis Vuitton car. 100%. Absolutely.
31) What A Waste
That car is worth around $3 million. And someone did this to it. This just goes to show that money can’t buy class.
This one looks like the ‘artist’ took inspiration from some bad wallpaper in their grandma’s house. Who could possibly think that this looks good on a car?
33) An Anti-Theft Paint Job?
Usually, people want to avoid even a tiny bit of rust anywhere on their vehicle, but this van has actually been painted to look old and rusty. The only sensible explanation we can think of is that the owner wanted to make their van less of a target for thieves.
34) Joke’s On You, Pal
It’s cute that this guy is smiling despite sitting behind the wheel of such a hideous monstrosity. We can’t even figure out what that weird design is supposed to be, but we can tell you one thing: it’s ugly!
35) Amateur Hour
Is this guy for real? He’s literally ‘painting’ his car with nothing but a black magic marker! We’re not sure if he’s just super cheap and trying to save some cash or running from the cops and in need of a quick paint job to cover up his white car. Either way, this is dumb.
36) You Cannot Be Serious
Any rock and roll lover would agree with the idea that the music will never die, and they’d be perfectly happy with the faces of Kiss sitting at the top of the picture. But Nickelback? Really? You could have taken your pick from the likes of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Guns N’ Roses, and you chose Nickelback?
37) Houston, We Don’t Even Know Anymore
We can all agree that the moon landing was an extraordinary achievement for mankind and Neil Armstrong is one of the world’s true heroes. But even Neil would have to cringe a little if he saw this homage to his heroism.
38) There’s A Snake In My Boot
This looks like the sort of car that Sheriff Woody would love to drive around in. But there comes a time when we all need to put down the toys and act like responsible adults with regular cars.
39) So Much Detail
We almost have to respect the amount of detail in this design. The 3D ridges and props like the severed hand between the teeth really help to sell the whole thing. It’s still a little silly, but at least some real effort went into it.
40) Hello, Kitty
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with liking Hello Kitty. But there’s definitely something wrong with thinking that this is an acceptable vehicle for an adult to drive.