"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.
No Launching Please
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.