Ever wanted to save money on a car mechanic through DIY autobody repairs? We know inflation is rising, but you cannot fix everything yourself! But if you insist, the result could be a hilariously epic fail. Check out 10 of the funniest DIY autobody repair failures:
1. Mirror mirror on the wall…but this time it is on the car
In this autobody repair fail, the person uses a hand mirror to replace the broken side mirror.
While driving, if the car goes over a bump on the road, the mirror could fall at any time. This is a hazard to the driver because he does not have visibility anymore. It is also a hazard to the drivers around him if the mirror breaks.
The correct way would be to visit the nearest autobody repair shop and have them fix it. Another way is to buy a new mirror online or at a local auto parts shop.
2. They took the literal meaning of the trunk
This one also looks like a significant DIY autobody repair fail. The person has installed a wooden trunk in place of the original one, which most likely was damaged.
Wood is heavier than a standard trunk which will cause a lot of extra weight in the back end of the car while driving. Also, wood will deteriorate very quickly from the weather, especially in this case, as there is no varnish on the wood of this car trunk.
The best way to fix this problem would be to resist the temptation of making your own wooden trunk and contact your trusted autobody shop.
3. Who needs windshield wiper fluid when you have a perfectly good sponge to do the trick?
This person has attached a sponge to the car’s rear windshield wiper.
The car owner might want the sponge to absorb water, but the problem is that a sponge has a grainy surface, resulting in scratches on the glass. Also, if the sponge is drenched with water, it won’t absorb water and will smear water back and forth on the glass.
If the wiper is damaged and does not function, the best way is to get it replaced by your favorite autobody shop. Don’t use a sponge at any cost!
4. Have a bite; this is capricious.
This photo shows another severe DIY autobody repair fail. Here the person has fixed a fork to replace a broken door handle.
The fork will eventually fall, and it could seriously injure a person when they try to open the door from the inside.
It’s best to save your fork for your salads. Contact your favorite autobody shop so they can replace your door handle properly.
5. This car is quarantined
Here, the person could be using the car to store their extra items and have padlocked its doors for extra security. They could also use the car to run their errands and don’t want it to get stolen. Unfortunately, the locks are clearly broken.
Manually locking the car is risky. This padlock could be easily broken off, resulting in your items or car being stolen. This DIY autobody repair is a dangerous route to go down.
The only correct way to fix a lock problem would be to call your autobody repair shop to install a new automatic car lock.
6. Behold the new tailgate: “Open Sesame”
In this DIY autobody repair fail, the person has fixed a wooden door to replace a broken tailgate.
The wooden door tailgate is not installed as a regular tailgate would be installed and will fall off. The items placed in the truck’s bed won’t be secure anymore and could fall out. If this happens while driving, it could harm the cars around you. In addition, if the rain came, the tailgate would be thoroughly drenched, and as the sun dries it, it would get warped.
Take your truck to an autobody shop and get the original tailgate fixed or replaced. It’s not smart to DIY this autobody repair for safety reasons.
7. Cool your future vehicle with a portable AC unit
This DIY autobody repair is the most ridiculous and epic failure on our list. Here the person has fit a window AC unit to the back window of their car and attached a portable generator to the back of their car.
This person might not have air conditioning in their car, or the current air conditioning has malfunctioned. Installing a portable generator with an AC unit will cost them much more money than it would be to get the air conditioning fixed. In addition, it would result in a constant need for gasoline, and on top of that, there will also be toxic emissions from their epic fail. The generator might also topple over while the car moves, causing a big, dangerous scene.
If the air conditioning is malfunctioning or there is no AC in the car, the best step is to call a mechanic. They can install a new one or flush the original one with coolant. It will cost significantly less than this setup!
8. Need to relax for a bit? Visit the most incredible car patio!
Here the person is using a patio chair to replace the seat in the car. The original seat probably was damaged as it is nowhere to be seen.
It might look like a cool new way of utilizing the chair, but it is a safety hazard. It would be too uncomfortable to sit on a patio chair while driving. In case of an accident, the driver could get a broken neck, injured back, or could even result in death. The patio chair does not function as a standard car seat.
You should call an autobody repair shop to fit a new car seat and let them replace it. Like the examples above, it is best to leave the DIY out when it is a safety matter.
9. This is one flashy car
This person has installed three flashlights in place of a broken headlight.
The flashlights are a poor replacement for headlights as they are low-powered and will drain out quickly. They also will have to turn them on outside of the car manually. This could result in another dangerous situation! The light will not be as bright as a regular headlight, and the person could forget to turn it on.
You guessed it! The correct way to fix a headlight would be to call your autobody mechanic to install a new headlight in the car.
10. It comes with strings attached
This is another dangerous DIY autobody repair fail. Here the person has a car windshield wiper with a failed sweeping mechanism. The strings are attached to clean the windshield manually. The person in the car would pull the strings on each side to wipe away the rain.
This is a risky move if the person is driving and holding the strings to move the wipers across the screen. It could result in a severe accident because he is distracted while driving. Also, he can’t see clearly out of the windshield because the automatic wipers are broken.
The correct way would be to call an autobody shop to fix the wipers, or you could DIY depending on what is broken. If you need new windshield wipers and the mechanics to move them is not the problem, it is safe to buy new wipers and install them yourself. Make sure you buy the proper kind for the make and model of your car. Take heed to fix it properly and never use strings to maneuver the wipers.
Examples from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV06QjdAx54