Look, we get it. You were surfing eBay and happened to stumble across a category called ‘car accessories’, then you said to yourself “Let’s check out what’s new in the way of stick-on can accessories” (or something to that extent). You look at some cool car accessories, before suddenly noticing that you can buy these really cool vents for $5. Did we say really cool? Sorry, we meant unnecessary and tacky. “What’s this?” you ask yourself. These are stick-on vents, otherwise known as one of the most idiotic inventions this world has ever seen.
Stick-on vents serve no practical purpose, as they don’t actually vent any of the air. Their only goal is to make your car look cooler because it needs vents to stay cool with all its 98 horsepower and zero to sixty in 12 seconds motor. Nobody looks at a 2008 Honda Accord with stick-on vents and thinks, “Wow, this is a modified Accord!”. Their first thought is usually something like: “oh wow, what a waste of time and money.” So spare yourself the judgment, just don’t buy these things, especially since they only cost $5..
Fake Engine Growl
The rise of electric cars is a wonderful trend that will surely help accelerate technological improvements in the auto market while reducing negative impacts on the environment. Another benefit of electric cars is that they have much more efficient use of energy which leads to faster acceleration and more horsepower.
One unfortunate fad that accompanied the rise of electric vehicles is the demand for fake engine sounds in the interior of the car. We understand why you might want to have external engine sounds since electric cars are completely silent and this could lead to a higher rate of pedestrian collisions. Drivers, on the other hand, don't need engine sounds to know that they're driving. These engine sounds, which emanate from the stereo systems, are absolutely pointless and only serve to make the driver feel cooler while driving. BMW was one of the first to embrace these horrendous features, starting with their BMW I8. The option has since begun to appear in various other car companies such as Ford and Audi.
Big Cars With Tiny Wheels
The American ethos has always been "more, bigger and cheaper" and this has worked fairly well. Everything about the American economy is larger than life, from large dishes in restaurants, to large clothes in stores, up to larger-than-life vehicles in the form of super SUVs and pickup trucks that challenge anyone's sense of what proper size should be. It’s perfectly fine to want bigger wheels, up to a limit, but the abomination we’re about to describe is a completely different beast.
One trend that has recently begun, which acts as a sort of a counterculture movement to the need for everything to be bigger, is having tiny wheels on very big cars - like the car in the picture above. This trend is an absolute disaster on multiple levels. First, it's one of the most ridiculous things anyone can do to their cars, let alone ugly. And second, it's extremely unsafe and will likely cause you to end up in a car wreck. Please… just… don't do this.
Truck Fender Flares And Non-Off-road Wheels
When you're an avid off-road driver, one important piece of equipment for your car or truck is fender flares. This equipment helps protect your SUV or truck from all the dangers that threaten your car such as flying rocks, mud, and debris. These are very important for many reasons, primarily safety, but as a bonus to you off-road drivers, they also end up looking pretty cool.
One thing that fender flares require, however, is for you to actually be driving off-road in order to need them. If you get fender flares for your truck or SUV but the wheels are clearly made for regular roads, it just comes off as weird and completely out of place. If you can't afford to get proper 4x4 tires, there's no reason to buy fender flares. That would be like going to your high school dance in your football helmet, you'd look out of place and everyone will think that something is wrong with your head.
If someone wanted an attention-seeking car, this is it. Sure it will grab everyone's attention, but the razzle-dazzle paint job will also blind anyone who sees it while they're walking on the street.
If you're thinking of painting your car a new, eye-catching color, we'd suggest you think twice!