Harmless Car Pranks Ideas in 2023

Classic car tricks like putting an open tuna can under the driver’s seat or making a mess of a car’s interior are probably familiar to you. These pranks will get a reaction, but it may not be what you expect. Stick to car tricks that won’t damage your vehicle or pose a safety risk if you want to keep your friends.

You’re a Fan of What?

There are many car owners who decorate their cars with bumper stickers and window decals to let the world know what they are passionate about. You’ll find stickers to suit everyone’s taste, whether it’s political statements or favorite brands. The opposite is also true, which is fortunate for car pranksters. 

Put window decals on a friend’s car for a good laugh.

What to Do

You’ll need to know a bit about the victim’s favorite sports team, political affiliation, or personal cause in order to perform this prank. What is her opinion of NASCAR? Cover the rear window of her car with NASCAR stickers. 

Is he a staunch Republican? Put campaign stickers for Democratic candidates on his bumper. Apply stickers to your friend’s car that represent values opposite to his or hers.

Tips to Keep It Fun

Keep these tips in mind to prevent this prank from causing damage to your friend’s car or your relationship:

  • Make sure the stickers you choose can be easily removed. Stickers are generally easier to remove from the back window than from the bumper. Consider using printed magnets instead.
  • Choosing decals or stickers that will offend groups of people is a bad idea. The potential ethical issues raised by this are in addition to the possibility that your friend’s car could be vandalized.
  • You should also avoid topics that may offend your friend. You can make fun of her sports team or political candidate, but you can’t make fun of her religious beliefs or other major values.

It’s a Wrap!

It’s a very useful tool in the kitchen, but it can also be frustrating and amusing when it’s used on a car. Cover her car with clear plastic wrap if you want to drive her crazy without damaging it.

Things You’ll Need

You’ll need a few standard-sized boxes of kitchen plastic wrap to cover the entire car. To simplify your job, you can purchase an industrial-size box of the wrap from a restaurant supply store.

What to Do

  1. Pick a time when your friend is at work, in class, or asleep since this prank can take some time.
  2. Wrap the entire exterior of her car in plastic.
  3. You can appreciate her reaction if you are nearby when she sees the vehicle.

Don’t Forget to Laugh!

Sticky notes aren’t just great for organization in the office. Post-Its can also be used to play a harmless prank on your friends.

Things You’ll Need

You’ll need several packages of sticky notes for this trick. You’ll also need some free time and access to your friend’s car.

What to Do

  1. Put the sticky notes in your friend’s car while he is otherwise occupied.
  2. Stick them to every surface you can. You might want to write a message on some or all of the notes if you’re feeling really creative.
  3. You should cover the entire dashboard and front seat area with notes, and then you should move on to the back seat area.
  4. Each surface will be covered in classic yellow sticky notes when you’re done.

Where’s My Car?

It is fun and easy to play this prank if you have a spare set of keys for your friend’s car or if you can swipe his keys without his knowledge.

What to Do

Move your friend’s car to the opposite side of the parking lot or street when he is busy with something or asleep. Check to see if the vehicle is still within your view, but not where it was left by your friend. He’ll be confused for a moment as he gets into his car.

Tips to Keep It Fun

When your friend is looking for his car, you should be nearby. Thus, he will not panic and call to report a stolen vehicle. In the event that it ceases to be fun for everyone involved, make sure you let him in on the joke.

What’s That Sound?

The majority of drivers are pretty alert to strange sounds in their vehicles. The interior of your car can be filled with noise-making devices that will make your friend wonder what’s wrong with it.

Things You’ll Need

Save some tin cans to make a simple noisemaker. To fill the cans, you’ll also need duct tape and some small metal objects.

What to Do

  1. Keep the cans clean so they don’t smell bad in your friend’s car. Each can should be filled with bolts, screws, ball bearings, or other metal objects.
  2. Each can’s top should be taped shut.
  3. The cans should be wedged under the car seats and placed in the glove compartment and center console of the vehicle.
  4. Everything will rattle when your friend steps on the brakes or goes over a bump.

All Tied Up

It’s not uncommon to see tin cans tied to car bumpers at weddings. It is normal for the bride and groom to be aware of the cans, and they are just another part of the wedding festivities. You can use a variation of this tradition to surprise your friend at any time.

This prank should be avoided if your friend travels on busy highways, since the cans might cause accidents.

Things You’ll Need

Get a few cans and other objects that are light and noisy. As well as some fishing line and a little spare time, you’ll need some spare time.

What to Do

  1. Each can or object should be tied with a long piece of fishing line.
  2. Attach the other end of the fishing line to the car’s bumper.
  3. Your friend won’t notice the cans when she gets out of her car if you tuck them under the car.
  4. An alarming rattling noise will be heard when she drives off.

Not Your Mama

In the toy section of a department store, you’ve probably seen the robotic baby dolls that move their heads and scream “Mama!” You can use a few of these dolls to scare your friend.

Things You’ll Need

Several automated dolls are needed for this prank. You can choose any number you want, but the more you have, the better the effect.

What to Do

  1. Place several dolls inside your friend’s car when she is away from it. You should hide at least one in the trunk, and position three or four so they face the driver.
  2. Make sure the doll’s motion sensors are turned on.
  3. You will hear the dolls calling out to your friend when she comes out to her car.

Reset the Settings

When you get in your car in the morning, you expect the seat to be positioned as you left it, and the mirrors to be adjusted as you left them. Your friend’s vehicle settings can be changed to shake things up a bit.

What to Do

The interior of the car must be accessed in order for this to be done. It would be helpful if the vehicle could be started. The car’s settings can be changed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Distance between the seat and the steering wheel
  • The height of the seat
  • Angle or length of the steering wheel column
  • Radio stations pre-programmed
  • The stereo volume
  • Dashboard light brightness
  • The temperature of heated seats
  • Changing the fan settings

Tips to Keep It Fun

Whenever your friend discovers your changes, it’s best to be there to witness them. This will not only give you a chance to enjoy the prank, but will also allow you to fix any potential safety issues before your friend starts driving. 

Make sure your friend puts the seat back in the right place before driving out of the driveway. You should also avoid changing the angles of the mirrors, since your friend may not notice the changes until she is driving.

It’s a Party!

Try this fun prank on your friend if you know he will be parking in a garage. This trick should not be performed if your friend parks outside, as it will contribute to littering.

Things You’ll Need

Purchase a large pack of balloons and rent a helium tank. A helium-filled balloon can also be ordered.

What to Do

  1. Inflate the balloons using the helium tank.
  2. The balloons should be stuffed into the trunk to the brim.
  3. The balloons will fly out of your friend’s trunk when he opens it.

Car Pranks to Avoid

The internet is full of harmless car pranks, but you’ll also find a lot of pranks that can be dangerous or damaging. Avoid the following pranks to keep yourself and others safe:

  • The exhaust pipe of a car should never be tampered with. Plugging the exhaust pipe can result in equipment problems or dangerous gas exposure.
  • Your car’s fuel tank should only be filled with gas. It will damage the vehicle if it comes into contact with foreign substances.
  • Be careful what you put on the paint of a vehicle when pulling pranks. Paint can be damaged by sticky substances and acids.
  • Whenever you work on the car’s interior, make sure there are no permanent stains or damage.

Good, Safe Fun

There are many car pranks that involve destruction of vehicles or potentially dangerous situations, but you can easily perform a few tricks that won’t harm vehicles or people. Think about whether any prank could potentially harm you before choosing it. 

Otherwise, proceed as planned. You might even want to record your friend’s reaction on video!

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