Ten Ways To Screw With Someone's Car

We all love some good ol' fashioned tomfoolery. Especially when it comes to cars. Here's ten great ways to mess with someone's car without damaging it.


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10. Cover It In Oreos

Suggested By: PDQ2

What You Need: Oreos. Lots of Oreos. Preferably Double Stuf.

How To Do It: "Take a big bag of Oreos, twist them apart and stick the creamy filling to the windows, the moonroof, the sideview mirrors, headlights .....any glass surface will do. One friend drove a '79 Eldorado, and we used to also sandwich her hood ornament and the center caps on her wire wheel hubcaps.


The best way to get them off was just to drive the car to school. The wind would peel them off, then after our first class we'd head to the car wash before the sun had a chance to melt the residual creamy filling that was still on the car.

The best part of all of this: You got to eat your mistakes! If a cookie crumbled when you tried to twist it apart, you popped it in your mouth! Mmmmmmm... chocolate goodness!"


Photo credit: The Hungry Mouse


9. Paper On A Wet Windshield

Suggested By: Scandanavian Flick

What You Need: A rainstorm, a traffic light, and a large sheet of paper.

How To Do It: "If you happen to be following a friend in the rain, wait for a stoplight, run over to their car, and slap a large piece of plain paper on their windshield. If you can get it right before the wiper goes over it, it will seal it to the window, and it will only come off in tiny pieces."


Photo credit: Misiland Industrial


8. Car Alarm Wired To Starter

Suggested By: jodark

What You Need: Wiring diagram, malicious sense of humor

How To Do It: "Just rig up their car to play the Taiwanese national anthem whenever started." A few minutes in the car's wiring harness and fuse panel and bingo, instant annoyance.


Photo credit: Guangzhou Technology

7. Packing Peanuts

Suggested By: $kaycog

What You Need: As many packing peanuts as you can lay your hands on.

How To Do It: Step 1: Gain entry to car (preferably through sunroof). Step 2: Dump bags upon bags of packing peanuts into car. Step 3: Wait for unsuspecting stooge to return to car. Step 4: Laugh. Step 5: Help clean up thousands of peanuts all over parking lot.


Photo credit: Break, Youtube


6. Steal Jeep Doors

Suggested By: boluke01

What You Need: Cold or rainy weather, a Jeep.

How To Do It: Step 1: Find Jeep. Step 2: Remove doors from Jeep. Step 3: Hide doors from Jeep. Step 4: Buy friend heavier jacket.


Photo credit: Jeep CJ7 Info


5. Make Duplicate Keys

Suggested By: koolykool44

What You Need: Second set of car keys, older car without electronic keys.

How To Do It: "Get a replacement key made for the car. Then move it from time to time — a couple of parking spots over, or just down the street — to make the owner question their sanity."


Photo credit: Locksmith Las Vegas


4. Rain-X Messages

Suggested By: John Krewson

What You Need: Rain-X. Rain.

How To Do It: "Carefully write absolutely filthy stuff on their car with Rain-X. Works better on some colors than others."


3. Saran Wrap

Suggested By: trev

What You Need: More Saran Wrap than God, plenty of time to do the deed.

How To Do It: Step 1: Wrap car. Step 2: Keep wrapping car. Step 3: Do not stop wrapping car. Step 4: When victim sees car, hand them a pair of small kiddie scissors and walk away.


Photo credit: trev


2. Vaseline

Suggested By: fhrblig

What You Need: Vaseline. Peanut butter also works well.

How To Do It: "Vaseline, smeared all over the windshield AND under the wipers and door handles."


1. Jack Up Drive Wheels

Suggested By: Desu-San-Desu

What You Need: Small, discrete jacks. Two-wheel-drive car. Cover of darkness.

How To Do It: "Sneak out around two or three in the morning and put it up on four pillar-style hydraulic jack stands that had been painted dark gray to blend into the shadow of the car.


We jacked the car up just enough to where none of the tires were touching the ground but unless you bent down to look under the car, you really wouldn't be able to tell the difference. We gave the car a bit of a nudge to make sure it would slip off the stands on his way to school in the morning.

He'd gotten in the car, turned on the stereo and cranked the car up. At first he lets it idle as he gets ready and we can see exhaust coming out the back, so we know it's running. Then we hear the transmission drop into gear and the front wheels start spinning- in open air.


He floors the gas pedal and grabs the steering wheel and starts rocking back and forth, yelling at the car to work, why isn't it working, is the clutch blown, etc. We think this is funny as all hell, until we realize how much his tantrum is rocking the car. We start running toward him.

His tantrum rocks the car just enough so that all four jack stands tip over and collapse, with him still flooring the gas pedal and the front wheels whirring with everything they've got. He gets about halfway across the parking lot before he realizes what's happened and regains his composure enough to slam on the brakes."


Photo credit: Desu-San-Desu

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