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While a car is technically just an engine and four wheels, what it can mean to people is a very broad topic. From freedom, speed, an outlet for creativity to just a cool toy, a car tends to be more than meets the eye.

But some people’s car choices go beyond personal preference and into stranger, more cursed territory. So these people have documented and shared the weirdest, most unhinged, and bizarre cars and car mods they have encountered in the wild. So get comfortable, put it in neutral as you scroll through, and be sure to upvote your favorite pictures and comment your thoughts below. 

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Long Time Lurker. When I Saw This, I Just Had To Share

Long Time Lurker. When I Saw This, I Just Had To Share

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I Had To Borrow My Daughter's Car Today. I'm A Chief Petty Officer In The United States Navy, Turn 50 Later This Year

I Had To Borrow My Daughter's Car Today. I'm A Chief Petty Officer In The United States Navy, Turn 50 Later This Year

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Most of us will limit the changes and modifications to our cars to perhaps an air freshener and perhaps a new coat of paint in time. Like an iPhone or some shoes, a car is a status symbol and also a means to an end. The generally high cost will often be enough to dissuade us from dumping more money into a car than we absolutely need to.

But as with so many other things, fandoms and interest groups form around any topic and cars are no exception. While some form exists in nearly every country, Japan is often touted as the place for a wide-ranging and innovative car culture, for better or worse. Unlike, say, the United States, Japan has an extensive network of trains and other mass transit, so owning a car isn’t a necessity. 

#4

I Saw This Car Filling Up At A Gas Station In Illinois And Did A Double Take. The Top Tires Spin Too

I Saw This Car Filling Up At A Gas Station In Illinois And Did A Double Take. The Top Tires Spin Too

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#5

Fake It Til You Make It

Fake It Til You Make It

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So someone taking their time to purchase a dream vehicle might see it as a way to express their own interests and style, not just a means of transportation. The massive aftermarket for parts and designs in Japan has spread all over the world, so enthusiasts can change and transform every part of their vehicle. And like anything else, people can and will make questionable design choices. 

#6

This Car Using Cable Ties As A Suture For A Torn Bumper

This Car Using Cable Ties As A Suture For A Torn Bumper

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can fix anything with cable ties, duct tape or Gorilla glue.

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#7

My Girlfriend Found This Wrapped Car

My Girlfriend Found This Wrapped Car

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like one of those very first affordable cars in sims games lol

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When You Want To Give Your Car Some Class And You're A Plumber

When You Want To Give Your Car Some Class And You're A Plumber

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this is fun. I put a Jaguar hood ornament on my little Yaris Hatchback.

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In a ceaseless competition to stand out and be unique, some of their car owners might make tuning decisions that appear absurd to 99% of the population. On the one hand, we can laugh, but on the other, we see a person who has made their personality and stylistic choices real and tangible and is happy to display them publicly. 

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In the 21st century, having a “weird” car is easier than ever. There is a huge market of used vehicles so you can still have a car that’s “presentable” while at the same time owning, for example, a suede-covered monstrosity. Indeed, access to a host of old, relatively unwanted cars might be the perfect scenario for any true gearhead with a plan. 

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I Am So Confused By This Car Owner's Choice Of Tail Light Mods

I Am So Confused By This Car Owner's Choice Of Tail Light Mods

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Given that some people already modify their cars to be a sort of domicile, it’s not surprising that nearly every sort of modification one can imagine probably already exists in one form or another. Some enthusiasts might even treat the car as a sort of art project, never intending to seriously drive it around, except to get it from the seller or dealership to a garage. 

#15

Today On The Highway, I Saw This Car Covered In Toy Cars

Today On The Highway, I Saw This Car Covered In Toy Cars

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Seen In Downtown Nashville

Seen In Downtown Nashville

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I Was Told To Post My Car's New Headliner Here

I Was Told To Post My Car's New Headliner Here

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At some point, it’s easier to understand these images if you treat the car as an art project, not just a vehicle. While a car might be a strange sort of canvas, it’s unique dimensions are perhaps a better inspiration then something more neutral, like a slab of marble or a blank piece of paper. 

#18

Tesla Model 3 With 10-Foot Wagon Wheels

Tesla Model 3 With 10-Foot Wagon Wheels

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I Found This In The Wild Today

I Found This In The Wild Today

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#20

No, It's Not Too Much Chrome And Definitely Not Blinding

No, It's Not Too Much Chrome And Definitely Not Blinding

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While most of these “upgrades'' are purely for aesthetics, it’s surprisingly common for there to be smaller improvements made to interiors, often for comfort. Better seats are a solid place to start, as spending hours in old, worn-out chairs isn’t just uncomfortable, but downright bad for one’s back. Adding in some leather trim is just another way to communicate that little bit of luxury. 

#21

This Bosozoku Exhaust

This Bosozoku Exhaust

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#22

Headlights Before Electricity Was Discovered

Headlights Before Electricity Was Discovered

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#23

This Bull Truck I Saw In Houston. Yes, That Is Fuzzy Leather

This Bull Truck I Saw In Houston. Yes, That Is Fuzzy Leather

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And it’s hard to imagine any serious road trip without cup holders for some sugary drinks and some method to get music playing in the car. While it can be a bit distracting to navigate while a song plays, spending multiple hours in silence, with the everpresent hum of the engine in the background seems like a guaranteed way to make someone go mad. 

#24

Typical Day At The Shop Until I Came Across This Car

Typical Day At The Shop Until I Came Across This Car

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Wedding Car-Riage

Wedding Car-Riage

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like the limo for a Romany wedding. Anyone have the meaning of “Sapnu Kariete?” Google-fu give “dream karate” in Lithuanian…?

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#26

My Niece Just Got Her First Car And Was Excited To Decorate The Interior. My Niece Is Mimi Bobeck

My Niece Just Got Her First Car And Was Excited To Decorate The Interior. My Niece Is Mimi Bobeck

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In countries like the US, it does make some sense to invest more into one’s motor vehicle. We can debate the pros and cons of car-centered infrastructure all day, but the reality is that most people simply need a car to get around, so doing what one can to improve its level of comfort is a major quality of life upgrade. 

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#28

The Owner Of This Car Lives Somewhere Nearby. I See It Often In The Grocery Store Parking Lot

The Owner Of This Car Lives Somewhere Nearby. I See It Often In The Grocery Store Parking Lot

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#29

This Was In The Back Of An Exotic Car Dealer

This Was In The Back Of An Exotic Car Dealer

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And if that extends to the exterior of the car, so be it. Perhaps it’s a way to reclaim those hours of the day stuck in traffic. You are no longer in some metal box getting you from home to work, you are in a machine of your own making. Plus other computers get something interesting to look at. If you feel like exploring more weird cars, look no further, check out Bored Panda’s other article on this topic

#30

My Friend Has Plants In His Car. Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should

My Friend Has Plants In His Car. Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should

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#32

Must Be A Dentist's Car

Must Be A Dentist's Car

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually think that’s Donkey Kongs new car in Mario Kart!!! It’s called tooth DK

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#36

My Neighbor Has Just Covered His Car With Actual Blue Jeans

My Neighbor Has Just Covered His Car With Actual Blue Jeans

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#37

I Saw This Monstrosity In A Hospital Car Park In The UK

I Saw This Monstrosity In A Hospital Car Park In The UK

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#38

A Couch And A Car Mated And Produced This

A Couch And A Car Mated And Produced This

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#39

Did Someone Cut Up Kid's Pool For Fender Flares?

Did Someone Cut Up Kid's Pool For Fender Flares?

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#40

A Friend Of Mine Added This To His Car

A Friend Of Mine Added This To His Car

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#43

I Guess They'd Rather Mop Those Tiles Than Vacuum Their Mats

I Guess They'd Rather Mop Those Tiles Than Vacuum Their Mats

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#44

This Car's Trunk Is Literally A Trunk

This Car's Trunk Is Literally A Trunk

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#46

My Cousin's Samurai Sword Shift Knob

My Cousin's Samurai Sword Shift Knob

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4 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The handle of a Japanese sword is called a tsuka; the guard at the bottom is called a tsuba.

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#48

A Beautiful Car With A Beautiful Wrap

A Beautiful Car With A Beautiful Wrap

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lol at the "caskets". Mom and Pop died and he's taking them down to the beach one last time because that was their favorite spot. /S

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#49

Hundreds Of Pounds Of Steel, And It Doesn't Even Spin

Hundreds Of Pounds Of Steel, And It Doesn't Even Spin

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#50

Someone Really Tried To Paint This Car's Leather Door

Someone Really Tried To Paint This Car's Leather Door

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