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17th Jun '18 3:21:38 AM Vir
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** Comic Book Guy's car, a "Kremlin", isn't much better. As he brags in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun" and the episode "Brake My Wife, Please", "I can't drive 55, 'cause it only goes 38!" If you have the speedometer turned on while driving as him that's clearly not the case... but still.

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** Comic Book Guy's car, a "Kremlin", isn't much better. As he brags in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun" ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' and the episode "Brake My Wife, Please", "I can't drive 55, 'cause it only goes 38!" If you have the speedometer turned on while driving as him that's clearly not the case... but still.
17th Jun '18 3:20:52 AM Vir
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** Comic Book Guy's car, a "Kremlin", isn't much better. As he brags in the game the episode "Brake My Wife, Please", "I can't drive 55, 'cause it only goes 38!" If you have the speedometer turned on while driving as him that's clearly not the case... but still.

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** Comic Book Guy's car, a "Kremlin", isn't much better. As he brags in the game ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun" and the episode "Brake My Wife, Please", "I can't drive 55, 'cause it only goes 38!" If you have the speedometer turned on while driving as him that's clearly not the case... but still.
16th Jun '18 5:01:44 AM RoAwesomeFace
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* The ''Jetlag'' parody travel guide for Molvania makes mention of the national car, the Skumpta. The car is described as having a single headlight, a three cylinder engine, and a candlelit interior. The car is also said to have performed best out of four leading European car models in a crash test involving being driven into a wall at 60 kph, but that's because the car broke down repeatedly and never reached the wall.

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* The ''Jetlag'' ''[[Literature/JetlagTravelGuides Jetlag]]'' parody travel guide for Molvania makes mention of the national car, the Skumpta. The car is described as having a single headlight, a three cylinder engine, and a candlelit interior. The car is also said to have performed best out of four leading European car models in a crash test involving being driven into a wall at 60 kph, but that's because the car broke down repeatedly and never reached the wall.
12th Jun '18 3:33:49 PM SAMAS
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** The Peregrine was an Alleged Helicopter. A FragileSpeedster with armor that couldn't protect it from a ''machine gun'', it died of an enemy unit look at it funny(and did we mention it only had short-ranged weaponry?). Worse, the internal flywheel it used in place of a tail rotor had a nasty habit of breaking loose during hard landings and crashing through the cockpit. In the hangar, it had poorly-placed access hatches and a reactor so poorly shielded that the maintenance crew had to wear ''hazmat'' gear to work on the machine. Most commands simply stripped out the weapons and used them on better machines.
16th May '18 5:25:05 AM REV6Pilot
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If a horse, a house, or a computer gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with TheAllegedSteed, TheAllegedHouse, and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. A RiceBurner is often an attempt to make one of these look like a CoolCar. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.

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If a horse, a house, or a computer gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with TheAllegedSteed, TheAllegedHouse, and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. A RiceBurner is often an attempt to make one of these look like a CoolCar. Either this or a bicycle (or worse, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs an alleged bicycle]]) will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.



** The crowning example of this had to be a Ford Escort which was actually the result of the previous owner ''welding two Ford Escorts together.'' This is known in the trade as a cut-and-shut, and if you do it ''properly'' it's perfectly safe and street-legal. This particular car was ''not'' an example of a cut-and-shut done properly; it flexed noticeably while in motion and was one large pothole from snapping clean in half. The auto-shop crew jacked it up, took one look at the chassis and refused to work on it because it was a total death-trap, and Xzibit had to negotiate a ProductPlacement deal to source a replacement car.

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** The crowning example of this had to be a Ford Escort which was actually the result of the previous owner ''welding two Ford Escorts together.'' together''. This is known in the trade as a cut-and-shut, and if ''if'' you do it ''properly'' ''properly'', it's perfectly safe and street-legal. This particular car was ''not'' an example of a cut-and-shut done properly; properly: it flexed noticeably while in motion and was one large pothole from snapping clean in half. The auto-shop crew jacked it up, took one look at the chassis and refused to work on it because it was a total death-trap, and Xzibit had to negotiate a ProductPlacement deal to source a replacement car.
14th May '18 8:04:03 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Roberto Carlos' "Calhambeque" is about a man that gets an Alleged Car as a replacement after he sends his car to the repair shop, but ends up keeping the Alleged Car in lieu of the "normal" car.

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* Roberto Carlos' "Calhambeque" (translated in Spanish by the same singer as "El Cacharrito") is about a man that gets an Alleged Car as a replacement after he sends his car (a Cadillac) to the repair shop, but ends up keeping the Alleged Car in lieu of the "normal" car.car (again, a freaking ''Cadillac'') because the Alleged Car's quirkiness is an industrial-strength ChickMagnet.
14th May '18 7:55:35 PM FGHIK
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%% While this can be TruthInTelevision, it's largely the [[TropeBreaker ghost of tropes past]]: it plays off old pre-1980s notions of notoriously unreliable used cars and low-quality imports that tend not to be true today; ironically, older domestics have largely taken their place in the US, as American carmakers became infamous for egregious corner-cutting and shoddy worksmanship that persisted up into the late 2000s. Back then owning a car [[MadeInCountryX built in a foreign country]] could be a joke in and of itself and anyone buying a used car was understood to either be barely above poverty or a major cheapskate. Lemon Laws and lawsuits have since [[IncrediblyLamePun driven]] most of the truly decrepit jalopies out of the market. Also worth noting, cars that degrade to the state of disrepair often depicted in an Alleged Car would simply not be street-legal in any modern industrial country with an established vehicle safety code[[note]]In the US, however, states are free to choose whether to have mandatory safety and emissions inspections; states that lack mandatory inspections are far more likely to have some truly terrifying shitboxes on the road[[/note]]. Of course, that doesn't mean [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough there aren't people who still drive them anyway]], and, as anyone who has owned one can tell you, there are plenty of shady garages that will happily slap an inspection sticker on any old piece of junk or even just sell you the sticker outright, "twenty dollars with an inspection or fifty dollars without one" as the old joke goes. Yes, "easy sticker" garages will usually get audited and lose their license to conduct inspections if misconduct is found, but for every one that gets shut down, there are usually at least three or four to fill in the void.

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%% While this can be TruthInTelevision, it's largely the [[TropeBreaker ghost of tropes past]]: it plays off old pre-1980s notions of notoriously unreliable used cars and low-quality imports that tend not to be true today; ironically, older domestics have largely taken their place in the US, as American carmakers became infamous for egregious corner-cutting and shoddy worksmanship workmanship that persisted up into the late 2000s. Back then owning a car [[MadeInCountryX built in a foreign country]] could be a joke in and of itself and anyone buying a used car was understood to either be barely above poverty or a major cheapskate. Lemon Laws and lawsuits have since [[IncrediblyLamePun driven]] most of the truly decrepit jalopies out of the market. Also worth noting, cars that degrade to the state of disrepair often depicted in an Alleged Car would simply not be street-legal in any modern industrial country with an established vehicle safety code[[note]]In the US, however, states are free to choose whether to have mandatory safety and emissions inspections; states that lack mandatory inspections are far more likely to have some truly terrifying shitboxes on the road[[/note]]. Of course, that doesn't mean [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough there aren't people who still drive them anyway]], and, as anyone who has owned one can tell you, there are plenty of shady garages that will happily slap an inspection sticker on any old piece of junk or even just sell you the sticker outright, "twenty dollars with an inspection or fifty dollars without one" as the old joke goes. Yes, "easy sticker" garages will usually get audited and lose their license to conduct inspections if misconduct is found, but for every one that gets shut down, there are usually at least three or four to fill in the void.



* Inverted in ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. The Lada driven by [[ActionGirl Fox]] in the train hunt scene is the quintessencial crappy car in (ex-)Soviet culture. Only she does some [[CarFu really crazy shit]] with this alleged vehicle.

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* Inverted in ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. The Lada driven by [[ActionGirl Fox]] in the train hunt scene is the quintessencial quintessential crappy car in (ex-)Soviet culture. Only she does some [[CarFu really crazy shit]] with this alleged vehicle.



'''T-800''': [''looks at speedometer, which is hovering between 50-55mph''] This is the vehicle's top speed.\\

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'''T-800''': [''looks at speedometer, which is hovering between 50-55mph''] 50-55 mph''] This is the vehicle's top speed.\\



** Played with in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Big Over-Easy]]'', where the protagonist drives a 1970s Austin Allegro that should fit this trope. He replaces it with another one, in showroom condition, in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]]'' -- it turns out it's only still running because he bought it from [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] and there's a picture of the car that suffers all the damage and breakdowns the car would otherwise be subject to. Over the course of the book, the damage sustained reaches such an extent that the picture collapses into an inter-dimensional portal, dragging the car and anyone in it to hell.

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** Played with in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Big Over-Easy]]'', where the protagonist drives a 1970s Austin Allegro that should fit this trope. He replaces it with another one, in showroom condition, in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]]'' -- it turns out it's only still running because he bought it from [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] and there's a picture of the car that suffers all the damage and breakdowns the car would otherwise be subject to. Over the course of the book, the damage sustained reaches such an extent that the picture collapses into an inter-dimensional interdimensional portal, dragging the car and anyone in it to hell.



** The Botswana special saw the trio buy dirt-cheap old cars and drive them across Botswana in varying states of repair (including, at one point, removing doors, seats, and other coverings to make them light enough to cross the Magkadikadi salt pan). Except for Hammond, who [[CompanionCube fell in love]] with his 1963 Opel Kadett A -- so much so that he [[ICallItVera called it "Oliver"]], refused to modify it, saved it from drowning in a river, brought it back with him to England, and fixed it up to appear in ''Richard Hammond's Blast Lab''. Clarkson and May thought he was rather missing the point of the challenge.

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** The Botswana special saw the trio buy dirt-cheap old cars and drive them across Botswana in varying states of repair (including, at one point, removing doors, seats, and other coverings to make them light enough to cross the Magkadikadi Makgadikgadi salt pan). Except for Hammond, who [[CompanionCube fell in love]] with his 1963 Opel Kadett A -- so much so that he [[ICallItVera called it "Oliver"]], refused to modify it, saved it from drowning in a river, brought it back with him to England, and fixed it up to appear in ''Richard Hammond's Blast Lab''. Clarkson and May thought he was rather missing the point of the challenge.



** One episode had Al on the phone with the manufacturer's automated answering systn going through a long list of questions about the car and pressing a button on the phone to answer each question. After the last answer, the computer referred to him by name.

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** One episode had Al on the phone with the manufacturer's automated answering systn system going through a long list of questions about the car and pressing a button on the phone to answer each question. After the last answer, the computer referred to him by name.



* Cedric's Hyundai on ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''. It and Steve's El Dorado are never seen in the show. With Cedric's car, it has multiple bumper stickers on it to hold the body up and cover up its many dents, it frequently breaks down because Cedric tries to listen to the radio while he drives, and once it would not start simply because Cedric rolled the windows down. When he and Lovita are expecting their baby, she implors him to sell it but in the end, he keeps it and Lovita buys a used minivan.

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* Cedric's Hyundai on ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''. It and Steve's El Dorado are never seen in the show. With Cedric's car, it has multiple bumper stickers on it to hold the body up and cover up its many dents, it frequently breaks down because Cedric tries to listen to the radio while he drives, and once it would not start simply because Cedric rolled the windows down. When he and Lovita are expecting their baby, she implors implores him to sell it but in the end, he keeps it and Lovita buys a used minivan.



* In the earlier seasons of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' it's mentioned a few times that Eric has one of these, but it is never actually seen onscreen.

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* In the earlier seasons of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' it's mentioned a few times that Eric has one of these, but it is never actually seen onscreen.on screen.



* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' - Jimmy Mc Gill drives a clapped-out, ironically named Suzuki Esteem. When a couple of scam artists try a faked injury running into it, he tells them "The only way that entire car is worth 500 bucks is if there's a 300 dollar hooker sitting in it."

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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' - Jimmy Mc Gill [=McGill=] drives a clapped-out, ironically named Suzuki Esteem. When a couple of scam artists try a faked injury running into it, he tells them "The only way that entire car is worth 500 bucks is if there's a 300 dollar hooker sitting in it."



* ''Series/BeringSeaGold'': The dredges in this series are custom-cobbled using whatever junk can be found in remote Nome, AK. Lack of reliability of on-board air compressors and / or water heating systems is a threat to the survival of the diver searching the bottom of the Bearing Sea for little flecks of yellow metal. As the seson have progressed, the skills of the operators at keeping their dredges has improved.

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* ''Series/BeringSeaGold'': The dredges in this series are custom-cobbled using whatever junk can be found in remote Nome, AK. Lack of reliability of on-board air compressors and / or water heating systems is a threat to the survival of the diver searching the bottom of the Bearing Bering Sea for little flecks of yellow metal. As the seson have season has progressed, the skills of the operators at keeping their dredges has improved.



*** And the only reason that episode featured an 80s Transporter was that the older ones in the price range were in much worse condidtion than the final purchase, being practically unrestorable.

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*** And the only reason that episode featured an 80s Transporter was that the older ones in the price range were in much worse condidtion condition than the final purchase, being practically unrestorable.



** The 1971 Fiat 500L from the next 2 episodes didn't even make it from the seller in Italy tho the garage in Britain, neeeding to be carried on a flatbed.

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** The 1971 Fiat 500L from the next 2 episodes didn't even make it from the seller in Italy tho the garage in Britain, neeeding needing to be carried on a flatbed.



** The 1960 VW Beetle in S06E11/12 had a broken engine, faded paintjob and a rotten front floorpan.

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** The 1960 VW Beetle in S06E11/12 had a broken engine, faded paintjob paint job and a rotten front floorpan.



** S13E09, fearuring 1970 Ford Bronco brought about this exchange as Mike pulled into the shop.But one 2016 episode dealing with a 1970 Ford Bronco brought about this exchange as Mike pulled into the shop.

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** S13E09, fearuring featuring 1970 Ford Bronco brought about this exchange as Mike pulled into the shop.But one 2016 episode dealing with a 1970 Ford Bronco brought about this exchange as Mike pulled into the shop.



* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's car in "Stop Dragging My Car Around", which is apparently so bad, the manager at a local disco had it towed, and later, Al wonders if he can trade it in for a used bicycle.

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's car in "Stop Dragging Draggin' My Car Around", which is apparently so bad, the manager at a local disco had it towed, and later, Al wonders if he can trade it in for a used bicycle.



** The chorus thranslates roughly to:

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** The chorus thranslates translates roughly to:



** The beater Ibishu Covet has a 1.5 carburetted engine with a blown head gasket, broken shocks, worn tires and dirt/rust textures all around.

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** The beater Ibishu Covet has a 1.5 carburetted carbureted engine with a blown head gasket, broken shocks, worn tires and dirt/rust textures all around.



"Still too expensive. The computer will only authorize up to spitwads."

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"Still too expensive. The computer will only authorize up to spitwads.spit wads."



* In ''Webcomic/InhumanRelations'', Fred's clunker of a stationwagon leaves a trail of smoke wherever it goes. That is, [[http://inhumanrelations.com/comic/for-sentimental-reasons/ when it's not stalled]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'', Paul’s drives a 1975 Station wagon which still keeps going much to everyone’s amazement. (He doesn't know what the millage is since the odometer broke sometime after he moved to the Northwest.)

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* In ''Webcomic/InhumanRelations'', Fred's clunker of a stationwagon station wagon leaves a trail of smoke wherever it goes. That is, [[http://inhumanrelations.com/comic/for-sentimental-reasons/ when it's not stalled]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'', Paul’s drives a 1975 Station wagon which still keeps going much to everyone’s amazement. (He doesn't know what the millage mileage is since the odometer broke sometime after he moved to the Northwest.)



** ''The Bulletproof Bomb'' is a sedan of the 1920's driven by the Ant Hill Mob. Their special method to boost the car's speed is ''poking their feet through the floor of the car, lifting the car from the ground and running away'' in a similar fashion to Fred Flinstone and his cave car.

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** ''The Bulletproof Bomb'' is a sedan of the 1920's driven by the Ant Hill Mob. Their special method to boost the car's speed is ''poking their feet through the floor of the car, lifting the car from the ground and running away'' in a similar fashion to Fred Flinstone Flintstone and his cave car.



-->'''Salvation Armed Forces Employee:''' We only received one car donation today, and it was not in driveable condition.\\

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-->'''Salvation Armed Forces Employee:''' We only received one car donation today, and it was not in driveable drivable condition.\\



* ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' has Harry buy a real lemon from an HonestJohnsDealership - in this instance a new car dealship - with faults ranging from defective ignition, bad original tires to malfunctioning fuel pump (though it's more the dealership and shady salesman that's the problem in the episode).
* WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo's van was prone to back-firing, rumbling and crashing, though that was mainly due to the brothers' inability to drive correctly, or even remember who was behind the wheel. Given this treatment, it was surprisingly resilient and had a lot of HammerSpace in the rear.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' has Harry buy a real lemon from an HonestJohnsDealership - in this instance a new car dealship dealership - with faults ranging from defective ignition, bad original tires to malfunctioning fuel pump (though it's more the dealership and shady salesman that's the problem in the episode).
* WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo's van was prone to back-firing, backfiring, rumbling and crashing, though that was mainly due to the brothers' inability to drive correctly, or even remember who was behind the wheel. Given this treatment, it was surprisingly resilient and had a lot of HammerSpace in the rear.



-->'''Duckula:''' Uh, are you sure this will be all right at 700 miles per hour?\\

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-->'''Duckula:''' Uh, are you sure this will be all right alright at 700 miles per hour?\\
12th May '18 3:40:05 PM StFan
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* Parodied with the Gremlin in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', which has only ever been seen sitting in place in the middle of a field, so it's probably just an old broken-down abandoned car. That didn't stop Strong Bad from trying to take it on a road trip in one WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail. As he said at the end of the episode:

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* Parodied with the Gremlin in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', which has only ever been seen sitting in place in the middle of a field, so it's probably just an old broken-down abandoned car. Even as a prop car to just sit in and pretend to drive, it's questionable, because ''the doors only open from the outside''. That didn't stop Strong Bad from trying to take it on a road trip in one WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail.''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail''. As he said at the end of the episode:



** And even as a prop car to just sit in and pretend to drive, it's questionable, because ''the doors only open from the outside''.



* In an episode of the ''WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsDigitalSeries'', Applejack and Big Mac find one of these to serve as the tour bus for the girls' band. It's so dilapidated that it falls apart as soon as AJ bangs on the fender. Subverted later in the short, when the girls manage to turn it into a CoolCar with the help of their powers.



** In a short for the spinoff ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Applejack and Big Mac find one of these to serve as the tour bus for the girls' band. It's so dilapidated that it falls apart as soon as AJ bangs on the fender. Subverted later in the short, when the girls manage to turn it into a CoolCar with the help of their powers.



-->'''Duckula''': Uh, are you sure this will be all right at 700 miles per hour?\\
'''Igor''': It is wind-tunnel tested, m'lord.\\
'''Nanny''': Is that when you stood it in the corridor and fanned it with your hand?\\
'''Igor''': Silence Nanny!\\
'''Nanny''': Only bits fell off it then.

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-->'''Duckula''': -->'''Duckula:''' Uh, are you sure this will be all right at 700 miles per hour?\\
'''Igor''': '''Igor:''' It is wind-tunnel tested, m'lord.\\
'''Nanny''': '''Nanny:''' Is that when you stood it in the corridor and fanned it with your hand?\\
'''Igor''': Silence '''Igor:''' Silence, Nanny!\\
'''Nanny''': '''Nanny:''' Only bits fell off it then.
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10th May '18 2:17:42 AM FGHIK
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If a horse or a computer gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with TheAllegedSteed and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. A RiceBurner is often an attempt to make one of these look like a CoolCar. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.

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If a horse horse, a house, or a computer gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with TheAllegedSteed TheAllegedSteed, TheAllegedHouse, and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. A RiceBurner is often an attempt to make one of these look like a CoolCar. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.
5th May '18 2:27:14 PM Killerweinerdog
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*** One thing should be noted, however; since Orks in general function off of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve, literally ''everything'' they operate is as effective as they ''believe'' it to be. Meaning, basically, that if enough Orks believe that a vehicle is an Alleged Car, it ''is'' an Alleged Car, and vice versa.
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