Ten Automotive Dealbreakers

Cars tell us a lot about their owners, and these ten signs indicate that you shouldn't be friends after all.

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but watch out for the following:

10.) Stupid stickers in the window


The Stig's Rustbelt Cousin should have known better:

My most recent ex had them, even though she was single. It was her, and her cats and dogs. I should have known...

Suggested By: The Stig's Rustbelt Cousin, Photo Credit: nikoretro

9.) Legs on the dash


Jalopnik readers usually take this issue very seriously. It's also forbidden in my car, and not just because of what happens during a crash, but also because my girlfriend is 6.13 feet tall while my car is not.

Vertec puts it simple:

It's less about what they drive, but if they put their feet up on the dashboard I just can't handle it.


Suggested By: Vertec, Photo Credit: AlishaV

8.) The wrong set of wheels


Giant wheels and low profile tires ruin otherwise-capable offroaders. And that's not to mention the doors...

Suggested By: davidj210, Photo Credit: PuyoDead


7.) The Fast and the Furious wannabe mods

If you spent more money on your stereo, bodykit, exhaust, or other shit mods than your car, then sorry. Me no wanna talkie to you.


Let's be precise: If you spent more money on the mods than your car and it's still a piece of flashing shit, then it's a no go.

Suggested By: Takuro Spirit has a Camry Race Car according to Matt Farah, Photo Credit: Loren Javier


6.) Offensive bumper stickers


Showing your support by ugly and often offensive bumper stickers is a very American thing, and it's also a bit like shouting during a conversation so nobody could disagree. Let's face it: most people couldn't care less about what you think.

Suggested By: philaDLJ, Photo Credit: _rockinfree


5.) Misbadged cars


Well, at least this Russian R8 was funny. But all the BMW 316s out there with M badges are just ridiculous. ReverendDexter says the same about Mustangs:

Got a V6 Mustang? That's cool. Got a V6 Mustang with Cobra badges? You can go die in a fire. There's no excuse for that bullshit.


Suggested By: ReverendDexter, Photo Credit: Jalopnik


4.) Smug tree huggers

Smug alert by Proud to drive a beater:

"Early adopters" of "green" cars. Really what they are saying is they are on some sort of moral high horse and they want to spread their eco-crazy message the most smug way possible by buying a crappy car with a lot of flaws. They are never willing to admit these flaws and will always tell you how great their Leaf/volt/insight/early Prius is.

I've met plenty of otherwise nice people but then they get so smug and self important any time they can talk about their "eco-friendly" gimmick of a car.


Suggested By: Proud to drive a beater

3.) The opposite of a smug tree hugger

POD rings the redneck alert on rolling coal, and dal20402 agrees:

YES. This tells me that you just don't give a shit about the people around you. That probably means I don't want to know you, because I like people who are at least a bit considerate of others


Unless you have a Dodge Little Red Express, naturally.

Suggested By: POD

2.) Trash


It's a car, not a rubbish bin, as $kaycog points out:

To me, it doesn't matter what kind of car they drive; but the deal breaker would be if they used their car for a trash can.


Suggested By: $kaycog, Photo Credit: 8one6

1.) Ignorance


There's nothing worse than someone who misuses a rare or high performance car. Like letting classic Saab go to waste, or dawdling in an M3 like it was a Corolla. Dwhite - Powered by Caffeine, Daft Punk, and Corgis expects you to know what you're driving:

Simply put. An owner who doesnt give a shit. It doesnt matter what you drive, as long as you know what you drive. Some one with a PT Cruiser who knows what he is driving is a hell of a lot better than someone with a M3 who doesnt have a clue.


Suggested By: Dwhite - Powered by Caffeine, Daft Punk, and Corgis , Photo Credit: kenjonbro

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