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#703037 - 19th Jun 2012 10:31am 10 worst car modifications and accessories
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A lot of time, money, effort and research go into building a car. And this care is all too frequently offset on the driver’s part by crimes against taste and sense.

Some of the modifications and accessories that people choose to inflict on their poor vehicle in the name of “enhancement” are unforgivable.

1. Headlight eyelashes
You’ve presumably seen false eyelashes on a car by now. For making a car pretty. Why stop at eyelashes? How about draping your car with a massive wig? Perhaps you can chisel some dimples into the bodywork? Maybe you could disguise your car by buying an enormous pair of glasses, false nose and moustache?
I think these are likely to get old fairly quickly.

2. Fake turbo dump valve
Do you want your car to make a “phsssst” sound? Of course you do. And for the eyewatering price of £129.99, your car can make that wonderful dump valve noise. So your car will give the impression of a turbo, without the associated hike in your car insurance premium.

And if you upgrade to the XL version (just £184.99), you can have two speakers making the sound instead of one. Twice as loud! Who wouldn’t want that?

3. Bad alloys
You know those horrible alloys that keep on spinning even when the wheel isn’t? Well, you may be surprised to learn that they’re not the most disgusting alloys available. Brace yourself... For These Unbearable.

4. Fluffy dice
The classic. Quite an obvious choice this, but when someone says “Think of a useless car accessory”, fluffy dice are likely to be what first spring to mind. No-one really knows their origins or meaning, which arguably makes them the most pointless objects on the list.

Speaking of pointless, there was a study in 1993 to see if there’s a correlation between the use of fluffy dice and the degree to which a driver’s behaviour is reckless. There isn’t. Obviously. There’s a good reason why you’re not asked whether your car contains fluffy dice when applying for car insurance.

5. My other car is...
Bumper stickers that say “My other car is <name of other (usually much more expensive) car>”. Why not just cut to the chase and have a sticker which reads “The owner of this car is completely hung up on the notion of status”?

Alternatively, there are the “humorous” variations. Take, for example, “My other car is also a piece of junk”, “My other car is out of fuel” and “My other car is a TARDIS”. Perhaps all bumper stickers should be banned?

6. LED smiley face
The Drivemocion LED car face costs a cool £25, some seem to really like it. But most of us think it’s inexcusably rubbish.

One thing is beyond dispute though. Check out the “flirting” face in the video at 1.25. Creepy, yes?

7. Little princess on board
A fad that went on for far too long (and still does in some quarters) is the ”Baby on board” notice phenomenon. This has been almost universally mocked. And if someone tells you a blood-chilling story about a Baby coming to a grisly end as a result of being left behind after an accident, It's not true The original intention was indeed to influence nearby road users to drive more sensibly. As ever, The Simpsons lampoon this perfectly when Marge buys such a sign in the hope that it will stop other drivers “intentionally ramming our car”.

And so a thousand “amusing” variations were born – including “Little princess on board”, “Cheeky monkey on board”, “Babe on board” (this sign is usually estranged from the truth), and even “CEO on board”. The net result of displaying such a sign is that nearby cars will have a queasy person on board.

8. Plastic cup holders
Cup holders that you clip to your window or dashboard obviously aren’t useless in theory. It tends to be the execution that renders them useless. The same fate could be in store for your crotch if you choose unwisely, as that large cup of hot coffee is unlikely to stay upright for long.

9. Nodding dogs and other parcel-shelf soft toysI don’t take objection to soft toys. But cluttering your parcel shelf with them? The thing is, you don’t really get to appreciate them as you drive, so they end up being entirely for the driver behind’s benefit.

And some people clutter their shelves so heavily with soft toys that there can be no way they’d even know there was a driver behind to appreciate them. Who needs to know what other traffic is doing anyway?

Here’s one for nostalgia fans: remember when every other car had a Garfield stuck to the window? Or even an ALF? Well, it’s with a heavy heart that we must inform you that they were rubbish too.

10. Fake bullet holes
Please!

A special mention
Not included on the list as you don’t really see them anymore, but worth a mention are the windscreen stickers with people’s names on them (“Dennis & Vicky”). You saw these a lot in the seventies and eighties. And trends have a habit of being cyclical... So why haven’t they been brought back (yet)?
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#703040 - 19th Jun 2012 10:36am Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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#703048 - 19th Jun 2012 10:56am Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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You forgot the little sets of fingers that people attached to their boot. You know, the ones that made it really look like there was a poor person trapped in the boot of the car and trying to get out? Alongside that there was the furry tail of the same theory!

Flags annoy me!

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#703056 - 19th Jun 2012 11:26am Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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some don't have a clue raftl they think that cheap tat will make there car go faster.

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#703063 - 19th Jun 2012 12:03pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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Does it not? Pmsl

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#703064 - 19th Jun 2012 12:06pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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laugh

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#703088 - 19th Jun 2012 2:14pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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Quote:
1. Headlight eyelashes
You’ve presumably seen false eyelashes on a car by now. For making a car pretty. Why stop at eyelashes? How about draping your car with a massive wig? Perhaps you can chisel some dimples into the bodywork? Maybe you could disguise your car by buying an enormous pair of glasses, false nose and moustache?
I think these are likely to get old fairly quickly.


raftl Hilarious!
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#703089 - 19th Jun 2012 2:22pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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i think nearly all modifications look silly, ESPECIALLY bodykits on effin' corsa's, 106's saxo's etc.

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#703097 - 19th Jun 2012 2:58pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: j_demo]
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#703102 - 19th Jun 2012 3:12pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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Haha leave the boy racers alone..LOL...they need some purpose in life....

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#703112 - 19th Jun 2012 3:55pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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raftl

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#703228 - 19th Jun 2012 10:45pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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#703229 - 19th Jun 2012 10:46pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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The "Powered by fairy dust" stickers do my head in too. In the immortal words of a certain Mr Beemertastic (aka Auditastic for those of us who are really old raftl ) "You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter" smile

Says part of the "duo"* that thought about buying a Microbe to see if we could turbo it or put another engine in it to race it raftl I wonder if we'd been on the Pimms that night think

I'm going to have to go have a nose on BarryBoys again now just to see if there's any new crap on there.




*You know who you are raftl

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#703232 - 19th Jun 2012 10:50pm Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: Clive]
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I have a silver tinkerbelle on back of my car
Hope that doesn't count lol

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#703322 - 20th Jun 2012 10:10am Re: 10 worst car modifications and accessories [Re: _Ste_]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
Quote:
1. Headlight eyelashes
You’ve presumably seen false eyelashes on a car by now. For making a car pretty. Why stop at eyelashes? How about draping your car with a massive wig? Perhaps you can chisel some dimples into the bodywork? Maybe you could disguise your car by buying an enormous pair of glasses, false nose and moustache?
I think these are likely to get old fairly quickly.


raftl Hilarious!


raftl not as much as having tights over ye lights Lmao raftl

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