Created By: Premonition45 on February 22, 2012 Last Edited By: Premonition45 on March 2, 2012
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Casual Car Giveaway

Don\'t need your vehicle anymore? Just give it to the first guy you see!

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"He tosses his keys to a random old black guy sitting on the sidewalk. The man is outraged, and in Wolfman Jack's voice yells, 'What do I look like, a valet?' How dare you, sir? How dare you mistake me, a guy with nothing better to do than sit on the sidewalk in the middle of the night, for a lowly valet? But there's no racial stereotyping going on here. Dalton tells the man, 'Keep it. It's yours.' The man looks at the keys, and with a brief grunt heads over to his new ride. And we all know you don't need anything else to assume ownership of a car, like, say, the car's title or any other sort of paperwork. That's Dalton for you; He just passes along his worldly possessions like it's his katra."

In fiction, if characters no longer needs their car, bike, or any vehicle, they can just hand over the keys to the first guy they see. No need to worry about insurance, registration, or any documentation whatsoever. You can just hand over your old vehicle and go on with your business.

Contrast Hero Stole My Bike, where the hero needs a vehicle, and thus takes it from the first guy they see.

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Examples:

Film
  • In Road House, when Dalton is leaving, he gives the keys to his old car to a nearby bum, as humorously described by the Agony Booth in the page quote.
  • In Star Trek, when Kirk leaves for Starfleet Academy, he gives his motorbike to one of the construction workers at the dock:
    Construction Worker: Nice bike.
    Kirk: (tossing the keys) It's yours.
  • The Studebaker in The Muppet Movie gets traded in with relative ease.

Literature
  • In the end of the first Molly Moon book, Molly does give away her car to a somewhat randomly chosen person. However, she also gives away the documentation of the ownership, telling the person to simply sign them, and then the car will be his.

Live-Action TV
  • On Seinfeld, Jerry gets rid of a car infected with unbelievable B.O. by driving it to a bad neighborhood and leave it with the keys in front of a shady looking guy. The guy steals it immediately... and regrets it just as quickly.
  • In an episode of Life, Charlie decides that his luxury car is too obvious (there are criminals looking for him) so he offers to exchange cars with someone driving an old beater who stops next to him at the traffic lights. Once the other guy realises Charlie is serious, he happily makes the trade.
  • The Hustle crew do it in "Big Daddy Calling", swapping their Cadillac for an old beat-up pickup truck as the flee Las Vegas.
  • In the Top Gear American special, when the guys arrive in New Orleans, a year after Katrina, they were supposed to sell their cars for whatever they could ge for them. They instead decide to give them away, after seeing the state the city is in. Subverted in that they couldn't find anyone who would take them.

Music
  • Happens in the music video of Stratovarius' "Hunting High and Low", where the protagonist gives his car to a pair of hobos, as part of spiritual liberation from his former life.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • February 22, 2012
    Koveras
    • Happens in the music video of Stratovarius' "Hunting High and Low", where the protagonist gives his car to a pair of hobos, as part of spiritual liberation from his former life.
  • February 23, 2012
    TonyG
    On Seinfeld, Jerry gets rid of a car infected with unbelievable B.O. by driving it to a bad neighborhood and leave it with the keys in front of a shady looking guy. The guy steals it immediately... and regrets it just as quickly.
  • February 23, 2012
    pawsplay
  • February 23, 2012
    Premonition45
    That's what I said. Needs A Better Title.
  • February 23, 2012
    littlemissmuffet
    The Studebaker in The Muppet Movie gets traded in with relative ease.
  • February 23, 2012
    Premonition45
    In an episode of Life, Charlie decides that his luxury car is too obvious (there are criminals looking for him) so he offers to exchange cars with someone driving an old beater who stops next to him at the traffic lights. Once the other guy realises Charlie is serious, he happily makes the trade.
  • February 24, 2012
    Chabal2
    Back To The Future 2: Marty gives Biff's hoverboard to a bystander.
  • February 25, 2012
    Premonition45
    Any more?
  • February 25, 2012
    Arivne
    Since this isn't about people trading their cars but giving them away:

    Casual Car Giveaway?

  • February 25, 2012
    Premonition45
    I like that. Or how about Easy Car Giveaway?
  • February 26, 2012
    Premonition45
    Going with Casual Car Giveaway.
  • February 26, 2012
    Premonition45
    Any more examples?
  • February 26, 2012
    foxley
    The Hustle crew do it in "Big Daddy Calling", swapping their Cadillac for an old beat-up pickup truck as the flee Las Vegas.
  • February 28, 2012
    Premonition45
    Has anyone got anymore examples?
  • February 28, 2012
    Premonition45
    Or do you think I should launch?
  • February 28, 2012
    Calandrella
    In the end of the first Molly Moon book, Molly does give away her car to a somewhat randomly chosen person. However, she also gives away the documentation of the ownership, telling the person to simply sign them, and then the car will be his. So I'm not sure whether this is an example of this trope.
  • February 28, 2012
    Premonition45
    I'm not quite sure. Though I'm sorely tempted to launch, unless there are other examples available.
  • February 29, 2012
    Premonition45
    Shall I launch?
  • February 29, 2012
    pawsplay
    Surely there are some subversions. The trope is just so wacky.
  • February 29, 2012
    Premonition45
    I know of at least one example in which The Hero gives another character their own car. Damned if I can remember it...
  • February 29, 2012
    Premonition45
    Last call? Do you think I should launch as is?
  • March 1, 2012
    Premonition45
    Bump
  • March 1, 2012
    Acebrock
    In the Top Gear American special, when the guys arrive in New Orleans, a year after Katrina, they were supposed to sell their cars for whatever they could ge for them. They instead decide to give them away, after seeing the state the city is in. Subverted in that they couldn't find anyone who would take them.
  • March 2, 2012
    Premonition45
    I guess I'll be launching.
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