Top 25 Best Car Pranks

The best car pranks are ones that are cheap and won't get you arrested. From plastic wrap to sticky notes, see what car pranks made it on our list.

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UPDATED: Mar 30, 2021

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  • There are endless possibilities for car pranks
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The car is one of the greatest inventions in human history.

It has also been the brunt of more pranks than any other human invention. There are literally hundreds of car pranks out there, and here we present you the 25 best — for informational purposes only, of course!

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What Are the Greatest Car Pranks of All Time?

What makes a great car prank? Most of these are low-cost and all for fun, with nothing that will land you behind bars. Let’s take a look at the 25 greatest car pranks of all time.

Just be cautious of your surroundings if you decide to use one of these to prank your friends, and make sure you get a video.

#1 What is Zip It, Zip It Good?

This one is simple, yet hilarious. Tie a zip tie to one of the driveshafts; the sound of the tie smacking against the car body makes all the noise you need to make your friend paranoid he’s about to lose an axle.

#2 What is From Tailpipe to Bagpipe?

Equally simple: an exhaust whistle. Attach a whistle to the exhaust pipe with a piece of tape. This chestnut has dozens of varieties. We found versions that use duck calls, kazoos, harmonicas…even a vuvuzela, as in this video.

All you really need is something that needs air to make a sound, and duct tape. Voila!

#3 What is Ball Pit on Wheels?

Sure, you fill their car with live weasels, but filling it with little plastic balls is a lot less likely to get you arrested. It’s also cheaper. This prank happens to be why we recommend you don’t drive a car with a sunroof or tinted window.

This prank happens to be why we recommend you don’t drive a car with a sunroof or tinted windows.

#4 What is Squeal of Delight?

Yeah, with friends like these, we’d have a very good startle reflex too. We especially like how this one doesn’t involve any cars actually moving: just the old-fashioned fun of terrifying your friends.

#5 What is Sticky Situation?

Forgive the “Yakety Sax” soundtrack, but this prank is a classic, surprisingly fun to do, and fairly harmless: the notes don’t damage the finish and peel right off. Of course, you will need several trash bags to get rid of them all…

#6 What is Something’s on Top of Your Car?

We’ve all forgotten something on the top of the car, but this method is sheer genius. Why not go tooling down the highway, with a suitcase seemingly left on top of your roof? Well, aside from getting pulled over. OK, maybe don’t do this on the highway.

OK, maybe don’t do this on the highway.

#7 What is an Exhausting Prank?

This prank is great to pull on somebody who clings a little too much to their terrible junker. The back pressure caused by the collecting exhaust will temporarily shut off the engine; don’t worry, this will kick in before they get anywhere near the road.

It won’t be immediately obvious when they’re in the car, but will be immediately so (and hilarious) when they’re outside it. Be cautious when attempting this prank!

#8 What is Snowed In?

Hey, that snow has to go somewhere!

#9 What is Paper or Plastic (Or Both)?

Filling the car with newspaper and Saran Wrapping it seems just a little cruel. Better to just Saran Wrap it. Or maybe cover it with newspaper instead.

#10 What is Is There Nothing Duct Tape Can’t Do?

This one is great simply because it’s so easy to build off of. After all, there’s no reason a bunch of other seemingly solid objects couldn’t be stuck to the duct tape and be pulled along with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHpoZAQUO2Q

#11 What is The Tape That Binds?

Although they don’t show it in this clip, the Mythbusters discover that, yes, duct tape will hold a car securely in place. Even at 20 mph.

#12 What is Horn Swap Surprise?

It is, in fact, very possible (and even relatively simple) to hook up a train or boat horn to your car in place of its usual horn. Of course, it does tend to catch pedestrians and other drivers a little bit off guard.

#13 What is Legos Can Do Anything?

All right, so building a replica of your boss’s car out of Lego is expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to manage. It also happens to be really, really funny.

#14 What is A Flat Note?

See, this is why you don’t take notes like this at face value.

#15 What is A Deer Friend?

Believe it or not, this is actually fairly easy to do at home: you just need a taxidermy deer and a servo motor. Oh, and of course a speaker in the deer’s mouth. See, why resort to Hollywood when you can just imitate their pranks at home?

See, why resort to Hollywood when you can just imitate their pranks at home?

#16 What is Stopping Short?

This is why we always insist on driving whenever our friends take us somewhere. For a bonus scare, wait until you have to tap the brakes at a stop sign and then hear your passenger scream like a little girl.

#17 What is Falling Flat?

If you place an inflated balloon underneath a tire, when it breaks, it will sound exactly like a tire blowing out. But, as this guy found out, it doesn’t always work.

#18 What is Move It?

Sometimes the old jokes are the best jokes: simply relocating somebody’s car to elsewhere in the parking lot will go a long way towards fraying their nerves (and cracking you up). Just be sure to tell them where it is after you’ve had your fun.

#19 What is Brake the Horn?

For the more technically inclined, there’s this classic: hooking up a horn to the brake lights. Even better when you have a friend already inclined to slam the horn for no reason; it teaches them a little lesson, and you have some harmless fun at their expense.

#20 What is Sideways Parking?

You can really throw someone for a loop by parking their car sideways in a garage!

#21 What is We Only Have the Safety of Your Stuff in Mind?

If you don’t feel like moving your friend’s car, you can simply keep all their valuables safe for them by opening all the doors and taking them out of the car. You’re a good Samaritan!

#22 What is Where’s the Love?

It is very, very important that your friends know how much you love them … and that everybody else knows how much you love your friends. VERY important.

#23 What is DOH!?

This is a pretty tame example of fun with GPS, but remember: many GPS systems have many different voices that can be paid for, downloaded, and installed without the owner’s knowledge. Like, say, Homer Simpson.

#24 What is A Friend in Need Is a Friend to Prank?

Well, we suppose this teaches him an important lesson. Namely, get some new friends.

#25 What is Ol’ Smokey?

And, of course, if all else fails, you can just use a smoke bomb.

There were a lot of bad jokes here.

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