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-> '''Dr. Ray Stantz:''' ''[getting out of a hearse that has definitely seen better days]'' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' How much?\\
'''Dr. Ray Stantz:''' Only $4800. ''[continuing while Venkman registers a look of total shock]'' Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring...
-->-- ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

It was cheap, it was easy to buy, or the only thing affordable. Charitably, it could be called a car. Unfortunately, it tops out at about 40 miles per hour (45 going downhill). [[PlotDrivenBreakdown It breaks down a lot]], and gets parking tickets ''while in motion''. It needs to have special-order replacement parts since the dealer, manufacturer, and ''[[BalkanizeMe country]]'' it came from are no longer in business.

The only parts that aren't about to fall off are the ones firmly rusted in place. A car like this is sometimes referred to as a "Rolls-Canardley": rolls down one hill, can 'ardly get up the next. It has been ticketed for "attempted speeding."

The polar opposite of the CoolCar. Often found in InjunCountry and {{Ruritania}}s, or in the parking lot of HonestJohnsDealership. Expect MyCarHatesMe to happen a lot.

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, 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.

Paradoxically, in both fiction and sometimes in real life, a person who operates any such alleged vehicle for any length of time can often become quite emotionally attached to it. Sometimes a person gets in touch with all the car's little quirks, such that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo only s/he can keep the heap running]]. Other times, it's just StockholmSyndrome. But hey, anybody can drive a new car: keeping one of these babies running requires talent!

Ironically, this trope was codified by none other than the Ford Model T. Yes, the very car that put the world on wheels was considered obsolete and faintly ridiculous by the height of the silent film era and quickly became ''the'' Alleged Car in the hands of comedians like the Keystone Kops, HaroldLloyd, and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They were cheap, disposable, intrinsically funny, and ironically enough the quirky brake, throttle, and transmission controls that made them seem so obsolete just happened to make them excellent stunt cars. [[note]]In reverse order: the pedal shift transmission had no levers to get in the way and only two speeds, the hand-lever throttle would stay where it was set and was easily rigged in any number of ways, and the brakes worked on the rear wheels only, ideal for skids and bootleg turns, which the tall, skinny tires allowed at relatively low speeds.[[/note]]

If it's a horse or a computer that gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with either TheAllegedSteed or TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is called WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.

'''RealLife examples have [[TheAllegedCar/RealLife their own page.]]'''



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The infamous "[[{{Thememobile}} Yukarimobile]]" from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', which is actually owned by her parents and presumably owes the shape it's in to her driving. Hell, it's a miracle Yukari ''can'' [[DrivesLikeCrazy drive the damn thing]] in the shape it's in. The way that thing gets camera treatment, it is the closest thing the series has to an outright villain. Not even [[DirtyOldMan Kimura-sensei]] is quite as traumatizing.
* Coach Yamazakura's car in ''SlowStep''. Bikes are faster and factories produce less exhaust.
* In the manga of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', Natsumi ends up with one of these after getting her auto license - the car had been assembled out of discarded parts from numerous stolen vehicles. Then it gets customized by Miyuki...
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'':
** One of the viewpoint team's tanks is a Type 89 I-Go, an interwar Japanese tank intended to fight in China against infantry that was underarmed even by the standards of infantry at the time. It's regularly pitted against vehicles ten or more years younger and an order of magnitude more capable. Its go-to option when it encounters an enemy vehicle is trying to run away.
** There was also the team's later acquisition, a Tiger(P), which could be considered a downplayed example by virtue of being AwesomeButImpractical. While it outweighs and outguns the rest of the team's vehicle park on its own, its engine, suspension or fuel system ''will'' conk out at the least opportune moment. In its first appearance, it gets stuck in the mud, breaks down and ''spontaneously catches fire'' before even getting into firing range. It's later track record is better, due to hard work from the Automotive Club, but it still has a much higher mechanical failure rate that the team's other panzers.

* Jeremy Hotz's routine about his diesel-powered Chevette with a trailer hitch:
-->What the hell could I possibly tow? Another Chevette in case the first one breaks down?
* Creator/BillHicks also had a few words about the Chevette in ''Sane Man'':
-->Piece of shit car. Turn the air conditioner on in a Chevette while you're driving, it's like hitting the car in the balls. It goes down to 5 all of a sudden. I feel like the Flintstones in that thing. You push the lighter in, the battery light comes on. No wonder I'm fuckin' drunk. I hit a moth one time, it did $400 damage to this piece of shit. The moth was all right; he rolled with it. He took off, I'm waitin' for a tow truck. 'What happened to your car buddy?' Shit, I hit a bug. 'You're lucky to be alive. A man in Tennessee hit a ladybug in one of them things sheered his head clean off.
* Comedian LewisBlack had his rental Plymouth Horizon stolen. When he filed a police report, they suggested the thief took it for a joyride.
--> "I said, 'You know, I don't think you're listening, asshole. The car is a ''Plymouth Horizon''. It is not a ''joy to RIDE!''' This is a car that goes 45 miles per hour with the wind; if you turn the air conditioning off you can supercharge the little fucker to 48."
:: He also mentioned "never [having] driven a car that's aqua."
* Creator/BillCosby's bit from his ''Why is There Air?'' album about his first car, a 1942 Dodge he bought for $75, which wouldn't go over 50 mph. It came with four bald tires, and he bought one snow tire for the rear end (all he could afford) and loaded the trunk full of sandbags to get traction. He painted "CAPTAIN AMERICA" down the side. He tried to drive it after a blizzard and wound up skidding sideways down the road at 50 mph before crashing into a tree.
** On another occasion, he talked about how his father's '52 Chevy was the uncoolest car ever because it didn't make any noise when you revved the engine. Doesn't help that he was comparing it to Fat Albert's car, a '41 Mercury modified to use a Cessna airplane engine.
* Scott Faulconbridge had a routine where he talked about his car. It was worth about twenty bucks. After he filled it with gas.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Archie Andrews' jalopy. Witness what happens when Archie tries to get it insured:
--->'''Insurer:''' What model is your car?\\
'''Archie:''' Uh, let's see... It's a Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, Pierce Arrow, Packard, De Soto, Hudson-\\
'''Insurer:''' Hold it! How many cars do you want to insure?\\
'''Archie:''' Oh, it's only one car, but it's a collection of replacement parts from several junkyards.\\
'''Insurer:''' Well, what year is it?\\
'''Archie:''' Some of it dates back to 1926!
** Originally, Archie's car was a 1916 Ford Model T (which, when Archie first appeared in 1941, would have made it a believable 25 years old). Later, it was depicted as a generic thirties-looking jalopy but by 1983 the idea of a teenager having such a museum piece of a car was judged too hard to believe and it was destroyed and replaced with a newer hot-rod. Today, Archie usually drives an old Ford Mustang.
** In ''ComicBooks/ArchieComics2015'', while the style has been updated to a 1980's style hatchback with a mismatched door, Archie still is stuck with one of these. Betty is the only one who can keep it in working order; Archie is stuck walking at one point because it's broken down again and he and Betty aren't on speaking terms.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** Donald Duck's famous 313. In one comic Donald manages to get the car to do 40 mph downhill, gets a ticket, and the cop remarks it's the first time he's ever given a speeding ticket to someone in a Belchfire Runabout (the make of car). In the story [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=AR105 Recalled Wreck]], Donald tells that he actually built the car himself from parts that by now are all out of production and can't be replaced. It's not hard to guess what happens to the parts next...
** In ''Paperinik'' stories [[WhatAPieceOfJunk it's actually formidable]], as [[GadgeteerGenius Gyro]] tricked her out. Among other things it's faster and tougher, has a spring ejection seat, extendible bumper, an oil spread system, can change licence plate by pushing a button and colour by applying a special gas to it, and can ''fly''.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
** Gail has an unfortunate tendency to saddle Dwight with crappy cars when he's helping her. Once, during ''The Big Fat Kill'' she gave him a clapped out, abused and neglected [[CoolCar 1957 Thunderbird]] on its last legs (Dwight mentions it was once a CoolCar, but had been abused so much it was now a junkyard wreck) which didn't even have enough gas to get him to the tar pits. She gives him a Beetle in similar condition (but with a full tank of gas).
** And then there's Nancy's car, which is so broken-down and idiosyncratic that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo no-one but her can keep it running]].
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Gaston's car (the picture for this page) is an old jalopy, a Fiat 509 from 1923 or '25 that goes so slow, pedestrians can outrace it. It leaks so much oil that one strip shows someone water-skiing in the car's oily wake.
* The title character of ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' drives a car that rolled off the assembly line in 1903 (the British-made Achilles, obviously chosen for its name). And it looks every year of its age.
* Gabe's beater in ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'', which is used to contrast Jen's 1958 Corvette, the CoolCar.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': The original Spider-Mobile. Unlike most examples on this page, it was actually pretty pimped out... just really uncool in being pointless (Spider-Man neither needs nor -- as the arc in which the thing appeared showed -- has the ability to drive a car) and corny looking. [[DorkAge The butt of many jokes in hindsight]]. The modern day one introduced in the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' reboot averts this majorly.
* Harold Harold's car in ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Andi's Ford Taunus 17m in "Besser is das!" (''Normal ja!'') and ''Gekotzt wird später!'' %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* The car belonging to [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Teacher]] in [[WackyHomeroom The Bash Street Kids]] in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' fits this trope. Whenever it is shown it always has smoke coming out of it and it often falls apart.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' went through a succession of old clunkers - Franklin needs a car and borrows Fat Freddy's '58 Ford, asking "Is your car working all right?" He replies "Hunh? Oh yeah, except the turn signals don't turn off by themselves. ...and there's no spare tire...and the speedometer's way off...and the windshield wipers don't work...(continues talking out the window)...and it pops out of gear, and you have to pump on the brakes two or three times before they start to work, and..."
* One episode of the Dutch comic ''ComicBook/RoelDijkstra'' is about a voodoo curse on the eponymous character. Roel, who first doesn't believe in voodoo, is forced by the events in the story to take it seriously. In the end, when being taken back to the airport in a rattling, run-down cab, he asks the driver (a recurring character in the story) if it is also voodoo power that is holding his car together.
* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' features an Alleged Plane: the V.A.C. F7U Grizzly. Rushed into service to sell as many units as possible before the war ended, the Grizzly was a mess of quality control issues and bad design choices. On top of regular weapon and engine malfunctions, its main stated advantage was a good range... which it got by putting fuel tanks everywhere. [[MadeOfExplodium Including right under the pilot's chair.]] Which would work fine, if they made the cockpit self-sealing, which they did... on the Mark 2.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Brad's perpetually worked-on Chevy Nova in ''ComicBook/{{Luann}}''.
* The 1962 VW Microbus Jeremy and Hector are "restoring" in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''. It has wildlife living in the engine compartment and creates its own smokescreen as it drives.
* Dave's (unseen) AMC Pacer in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', mostly due to his refusal to do any maintenance on it. At one point, it is stuck permanently in second gear. It eventually dies, forcing him to cadge lifts on Bob's scooter.
* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'s Chevette, which he refers to as his 'Vette and claims doubles in value when he puts his bike on the rack. Though given what a serious biker Frazz is, that could be a hella expensive bike to begin with.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The [[{{Ruritania}} Transbelvian]] Belv in Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited's ''Franchise/StreetFighter''/[[MegaCrossover whole bunch of other stuff]] fic ''Warrior's Legacy''. The author/narrator describes it quite well:
-->I insist, though, that when in Transbelvia, the truly discriminating tourist is obligated to drive the national automobile, the one and only Belv. The Belv is the quintessential East-European car, a tiny tin box with a two-stroke motor that sounds like a mimeograph machine on Self-Destruct and smells like a burning blackwall tire. This particular one had a four-speed manual gearbox that liked to crunch and jitter on shifts, brakes operated by cables, and no gauges that worked.
* ''FanFic/MidnightGreen'''s dilapidated cart that he quite happily smashes into a tree.
* In ''Fanfic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon'', Mia's mother, Kirei, owns a dilapidated old van that barely works. Yoko, the resident car fanatic, can barely stand to look at it, and she's enlisted to fix it in its first appearance when it breaks down at an inconvenient time. [[spoiler:Near the end of the story, though, this is turned around, as the team uses their [[EleventhHourSuperpower finale powerup]] to turn it into a complete replica of the [=DaiVan=], [[ShowWithinAShow DaiFighter's]] CoolCar.]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/AKingdomDivided A Kingdom Divided]]'', Vinyl Scratch becomes one of the crew of an old, steam-powered airship. [[TooDumbToLive Its stoke is placed next to the balloon filled with hydrogen]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10588283/51/Came-Out-of-the-Darkness Came Out of the Darkness]]'' one of Dudley's friends from Smeltings has a beat-up vehicle on which he comments "Car's a piece of shit, but it runs and it's mine."
* [[Series/TeenWolf Stiles']] blue Jeep shows some tendencies to be TheAllegedCar in canon, but it's often played up even more in fanfic. Quite often, the car used to belong to Stiles' [[MissingMom mother]], leaving Stiles heartbroken if supernatural shenanigans causes it to be irreparably damaged.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!)]]'', the gang drives around France in a run-down blue Citroen 2CV. It doesn't help that they get rear-ended twice in the film. Nevermind the fact that Snoopy is the one doing the driving.
* The last song heard in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' brutally [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the attitudes of materialism and abandonment behind this trope, and is actually sung by thousands of personified Alleged Cars, all of them are constantly waiting for them to be picked up one by one by the junkyard magnet and be crushed to death by the car crusher at the end of a ConveyorBeltODoom.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'':
** The Rusteze Bumper Ointment (Lightning [=McQueen=]'s sponsor) tent is full of rusty, beaten-up cars, much to [=McQueen=]'s dismay. Ironically, his best friend is Mater, a similarly rusty, beaten-up tow truck.
** The villains of the sequel are all notorious "lemons", such as Gremlins or Pacers. In fact, two baddies from this film are even known as Grem and Acer! TheDragon is based on a German microcar in which passengers always face the back.
* Both vehicles in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' probably qualify for this. The widow's is a really old truck, and Slade's is temperamental after the engine gets shot full of holes by the widow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} 2'' the state of the plane the Penguin Commandos and the Zoo animals attempt to fly back to New York in is so bad that one of the signs it is not working is that its engine is ''no longer on fire''. It also comes with several skeletons on board.
-->'''Kowalski:''' We've lost engine one... and engine two is ''no longer on fire''...
* The Toyota "Yo" driven by the pizza delivery guy in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Vanellope's initial car "The Lickety-Split" is a pedal-powered piece of crap made out of graham crackers that pales in comparison to other vehicles in her game. Later on, she and Ralph build another car that while [[WhatAPieceOfJunk functionally better is still pretty hideous]]. Nonetheless, Vanellope's still overjoyed at having a kart of her own.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** Judy Hopps' meter maid cart looks brand new, and runs perfectly fine, but is probably slower than she can walk on her own feet (initially, moves just fine after that first joke). Nick calls it a "joke-mobile".
** Finnick's van. Driver's door is silver, the rest of the van is some kind of rusty red, and has the most awesome mural on the side panels. It backfires a lot, too.
** Stu Hopps' pickup truck is a rather stereotypical rural farmer jalopy.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The ''Millennium Falcon'' manages to be both this and a CoolShip; it's reputed to be the fastest ship in the galaxy, but there's always something wrong with it.
--->'''Leia:''' They're getting closer.\\
'''Han:''' Oh yeah? Watch ''this!''\\
''[hyperdrive groans, stutters, and fails to engage]''\\
'''Leia:''' Watch what?\\
'''Han:''' I think we're in trouble.\\
'''Lando:''' They told me they fixed it! It's not my fault!
** The Falcon's engine is usually plot-reliant despite the constant knocks at it. In ''A New Hope'' and ''Return of the Jedi'' it works flawlessly: the Death Star tractor beam serves the purpose of keeping it grounded instead in the former, and it's only part of the Cavalry in the latter. In ''Empire'' is has constant trouble to force Han and Leia to go to Cloud City and Luke having to come save them. In ''The Force Awakens'' it breaks down only for one scene to allow an important plot point to happen but otherwise works fine for the whole movie.
** Podracing seems to be made up of almost nothing but these. While no pod is slow, since each one consists entirely of TWO JET ENGINES (and in one case, ''four'') strapped to a cockpit, none of them meet even the most basic level of safety, since the only thing holding the engines together is a magnet grid and rubber tubes. In the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', many crash, break apart, or ''explode'' after even small hits, or if any of the numerous exposed parts are broken/knocked off. One pod explodes on the ''starting line''. It seems the galaxy loves podracing mostly because of how recklessly dangerous the sport is.
* Nick's Yugo Jessie in ''Film/NickAndNorahsInfinitePlaylist''.
-->'''Nick:''' This is not a cab, my friend, I promise.
* Inspector Clouseau's car in ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther''. It looks like a pimped-up Batmobile, but falls apart in the driveway.
* ''Film/SmokeSignals'' has one that's permanently stuck in reverse and thus driven backwards everywhere. According to the makers, this is actually TruthInTelevision on some Indian reservations.
* ''Film/PowWowHighway'' has a car stuck permanently in reverse, too.
* "The Loaner" from ''Film/TheMask'', given to Stanley as a replacement for his Honda Civic by some unscrupulous mechanics while the latter is being repaired.
* The "Wagon Queen Family Truckster" from ''NationalLampoonsVacation'', a pea-green monstrosity covered in way too much fake wood paneling. "You think you hate it now -- but wait til you drive it!" The engine continues to idle after the keys have been taken out, and the airbag deploys randomly. Rarely for this trope, it's brand new, presumably American, and not cheap.
** The film's 2015 sequel/reboot, ''Film/{{Vacation}}'', has the next-generation Griswolds rent a Tartan Prancer, a minivan made in Albania. Another rare case of a then-new (if fictitious) vehicle qualifying for this trope.
* The villains in ''Film/DeadMansShoes'' drive an ancient Citroën that one of them had apparently inherited from his grandmother, complete with a MyCarHatesMe moment when the AntiHero is advancing on them with an [[AxCrazy axe]].
* The car that the title character drives in ''Film/MrHulotsHoliday'' is so underpowered and rickety, duct-tape and bailing wire could be considered luxury extras.
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movies have a few examples.
** Jack Wade's Zaporozhec in ''Film/GoldenEye''. He starts it by [[PercussiveMaintenance rapping the engine with a sledgehammer]].[[note]]This is a semi-legitimate technique when the starter motor gets stopped at exactly the wrong point in relation its worn electric contacts. Whacking the starter motor shifts the motor armature enough to make a contact, allowing current to flow and spin the motor.[[/note]]
** Subverted in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. ''Film/JamesBond'' has to flee along with ActionGirl Melina after his [[CoolCar Lotus Esprit]] gets blown up and she kills the man who killed her parents with a crossbow. He discovers that her car is a 2CV. It proves surprisingly effective.
** Whatever CoolCar gets issued to Bond by Q [[WatchThePaintJob invariably ends up as one of these by the time he's done with it]].
* The Citroën 2CV driven by Sister Clotilde in ''Film/LeGendarmeDeSaintTropez'' is broken apart by the ride's end, losing its doors, wings, windscreen and the rear axle. Though it's mostly because the nun DrivesLikeCrazy.
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (1987). "After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department would release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo; a Yugoslavian import donated as a test vehicle by the government of that country and reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology."
* The Mario Bros' craptastic van in the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie.
* The VW bus in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' has to be push started because it needed a new clutch, but the family would have missed Olive's contest if they had waited for it to be fixed. Also, the horn had a loose connection and beeped intermittently.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift''. Sean's car is a rusty Monte Carlo that seems to be falling apart... until you realize it's a "[[WhatAPieceOfJunk sleeper car]]", that is, a car that looks bland at best, beaten-up at worst, but tricked out under the hood so much it can beat a brand-new Dodge Viper.
* The second ''Enterprise'' is like this in ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'', allegedly because it was a quick refit of another ship still under construction.
* In ''Film/EasyLiving'', J. B. Ball Jr. spends $11,000 on a foreign jalopy of a car. His dad chews him out for this.
* Andrew Steyn's car in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy!'' is nicknamed "The Antichrist" (for multiple reasons) or "Son Of A Mlakka" depending on who you ask.
* As much a CoolCar as the [=DeLorean=] of ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' is, it would always break down at the worst time. Apparently this is TruthInTelevision; real-life [=DeLoreans=] tended to be unreliable even before you attached massive amounts of barely-tested mad-science doodads to them. It's implied that Doc Brown installed some sort of override on the ignition; he fiddles under the dash and she starts right up, or the ignition wires are just that loose.
%%* Mrs. Larusso's car in ''Film/TheKarateKid1984''.
* The car in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'', which makes its appearance in the last minute of the movie. It's a Renault that's about half the size of any other car on the road and ugly as all get out.
* Frank's "piss yellow" junker in ''Film/TheFrighteners''.
* The title ship in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. In both of the BookEnds, a piece of the ship simply falls off.
* DJ Drake's AMC Gremlin in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' gave revered Looney Tunes voicebox Mel Blanc an extra posthumous acting credit by looping the effects he did for Jack Benny's Maxwell (see below) as it pulled into frame. Apropos of nothing, the car was also a ShoutOut, as its arrival was marked with a snippet of the "''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' Rag" (Joe Dante apparently couldn't resist a bit of self-reference).
-->'''Daffy:''' Alright, let's see what this baby can really do!\\
''(DJ turns on the ignition, and the entire car falls apart)''\\
'''Daffy:''' Well, ''that's'' an interesting feature.
* Troy's truck in ''[[HighSchoolMusical High School Musical 3: Senior Year]]''.
* 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: unbelievable stunts, ridiculous speed, aerobatics, you name it.
* Denzel Washington's introductory movie, ''Film/CarbonCopy'', has one of these. Denzel's character purchased it for 14 dollars and a record player, leading his (white) father to reply, "you were overcharged." It has no horn, no brakes, a nonexistent paint job, coughs black smoke everywhere it goes, and becomes a permanently-converted convertible by the end of the film.
* In ''Film/{{Friday}}'', Smokey's car barely runs, but he still installs an alarm.
* Buford T. Justice's police cruiser in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' usually becomes one of these by the end of every movie, in one case being reduced to nothing but a chassis, engine, and wheels, ''[[TheDeterminator but it still keeps going]]''. The emergency lightbar also survives, but with no roof to put it on, he just has his son hold it over their heads from the passengers seat while he drives.
%%* Watts' Mini in ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful''.
* The Dude's Torino in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' was a pile of crap, even before the events of the movie which has the poor vehicle suffering several different kinds of abuse, before it is finally set on fire by the Nihilists.
-->Well, they finally did it... They killed my fucking car.
* The bobsled in ''Film/CoolRunnings''. It is incredibly old by standards of Olympic equipment, yet the Jamaicans use it out of necessity and because they feel it brings them luck... and then their final race on the movie turns into a hair-raising wreck because one of the pieces used for maneuvering tears itself apart right in the middle of a turn.
%%* Ms. Norbury's car in a deleted scene from ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* Axel Foley's "beat up old Chevy Nova" in ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''. In one scene, he parks it on an incline and it starts to roll away. His ex-girlfriend Jeanette is apparently quite familiar with the car, as she asks him if he's still driving it.
* In the Hallmark movie ''Ice Dreams'' the main character has one of these.
-->'''Amy''': What's wrong with my car?\\
'''Amy's Mom''': It's not a car, dear, it's a casualty.
* Ralphie's Old Man's 1937 Oldsmobile in ''Film/AChristmasStory''.
--->"That son of a bitch would freeze up in the middle of summer on the equator!"
* Turned completely on its head in Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''. While on the run from (future dystopian) authorities, Woody's and Diane Keaton's characters discover what appears to be a dust covered, 200 year old, mid-Sixties vintage Volkswagen Beetle. When Woody turns the key in the ignition the car starts without a millisecond's hesitation and purrs happily. Woody observes, "Wow, they just don't make 'em like they used to."
* Polish Communist film ''{{Mis}}'' (''Teddy Bear''), which generally sent up life in the Polish People's Republic, had a sequence in the opening credits where the hero sneezed and his Polish Fiat car fell apart in the middle of traffic.
* Gary King, the protagonist of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', drives a car nicknamed "The Beast", which he bought off his friend about twenty years before the start of the movie. While it may have been a CoolCar back then, years of use have turned it into this trope instead.
* The title character's car from ''Film/UncleBuck''. It lets out a boom like a high powered rifle after being turned off for several seconds and leaves a smokescreen the size of Kansas in its trail. Its name is also "The Beast".
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. At the beginning, when Dredd is demonstrating the Lawmaster bike to a class of cadets, the performance of that particular bike is a bit less than reliable.
* In ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'':
** Subverted with the "Bluesmobile", a decommissioned police car Elwood bought while Jake was in prison. Even though it looks rundown and the cigarette lighter doesn't work, it stands up to multiple high-speed chases and even keeps going after it throws a rod. The car finally falls to pieces once the brothers reach their destination in Chicago.
** While it's never shown on screen, Elwood states that he traded the original Bluesmobile (a Cadillac) for a microphone, and Jake never thinks to question if Elwood could have gotten a better deal.
* ''Film/SinCity'', Nancy Callahan says she is the only person who can keep her car running. The villain tries to kidnap her in it, it doesn't work out well for him. As in the books, it is a 1957 Chevy Nomad, which started life a CoolCar right from the factory.
* ''Film/DrowningMona'' begins with a title card stating that the town where the movie takes place was a testbed for Yugo's American rollout ages ago. Once the film begins, every car in the film is a Yugo. The film climaxes in a low-speed Yugo car chase - with one Yugo requiring a push-start.
* The minivan at the end of ''Film/ProjectX'', which is missing two doors and has had most of its paint scorched off. Thomas' parents force him to drive it to school as punishment, though his friends think it looks {{badass}}.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', the Ecto-1 is an ancient ambulance/hearse that we're introduced to with Ray listing off the numerous things they'll have to fix. Remarkably, they do.
-->'''Ray:''' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks and brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end...
-->'''Peter:''' How much?
-->'''Ray:''' Only $4800.
-->''(Venkman looks shocked)''
-->'''Ray:''' Maybe new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring...
** Meanwhile, Egon's a bit preoccupied by the Alleged Building they're considering renting:
-->'''Egon:''' I think this building should be condemned. There's serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it's completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone.
* Dean Higgins' car from the 1975 Disney film ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld'', to the point that in the climax that Dexter powers it up with his strength formula in order to return to the weight-lifting competition.
* The 1983 Nissan Shitbox (yes, that's its real name) from ''Film/SuperheroMovie''. It does not make an actual appearance, but it is briefly listed on a site when Rick tries to see what kind of car he can get with only $300. [[http://i.imgur.com/al3fc.png Its description]] explains it all:
-->This is a salvage title for a previously very nice ride, call about the car. Salvageable parts, and many square inches of un-bent sheet metal. Use for your own sculpture projects, landscaping or restore to like-new condition. Wheels extra, 3 included in trunk.
* ''Film/NorthWestFrontier'' has an alleged ''train'' that smokes constantly and whistles at the worst possible moments.
* In ''Film/TheBrassTeapot'' the protagonists own a barely functioning Pinto that is falling apart.
* The U.S.S. Stingray from ''Film/DownPeriscope'' - an ailing, diesel-powered rust bucket of a submarine. It's assigned to LCDR Dodge for the wargames because it's the exactly the kind of obsolete, held together with spit and prayer sub a terrorist group (which Dodge and his crew will be emulating) is most likely to get their hands on.
** It's spiritual ancestor, the U.S.S Sea Tiger for ''Film/OperationPetticoat''. Prior to the film, it had been badly damaged in battle and most of the film involves them trying to get a safe port and parts for repair. Halfway through, it ends up being painted pink. Even years later after, presumably, years of additional service and repairs, one of its engines is still prone to backfire.
* The bus in ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'' starts out pretty beaten up, but over the course of the movie, it loses a tire that gets stabbed to become completely flat, and a hole in the roof courtesy of a very careless passenger with a gun.
* ''Film/BlueRuin'': the title of the film refers to the battered and rusted out blue Pontiac that the main character is living out of at the beginning of the film. The car serves as a plot device several times.
* ''Film/TheCarsThatAteParis'': The {{Greaser Delinquents}} drive cars built from the components of other wrecks.
* Cassandra Delaney's old Ford Falcon truck in ''{{Film/Fair Game}}''
* The cannibal bogans' Holden ute in ''Film/DyingBreed''.
* ''Film/TommyBoy'' - Richard's pride-and-joy vintage Plymouth becomes one in the course of a sales trip.
* ''Film/TheArrival'': the main character starts the film driving a junked-up 1968 Saab V4 station wagon. He uses it to ram the gate of a radio station and discards it without a second glance.
* ''Film/K2SirenOfTheHimalayas'': Before the team gets to K2 there's a part where they're watching for the vehicles that will take them there to start.

* A common [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan joke]] involves a Texan bragging about the size of his ranch by explaining that it takes him all day to drive from his house to the end of his property, getting the reply "Yeah, I've had a car like that too..."
* "Once you start driving a Toyota, you won't be able to stop." [[FunnyAneurysmMoment It certainly doesn't help]] that their motto is "moving ''forward''".
* "At least my Toyota has a [[DrivingStick manual transmission]] so if it runs away I can hit the brake and clutch, leaving both hands free for the wheel. Or the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Rosary]]."
* Many jokes about Yugos exist:
** How do you get a Yugo up to 60 mph? Push it off a cliff.
** Why do Yugos come with rear window defrosters? So the people pushing it can keep their hands warm.
** How do you double the value of a Yugo? Fill the gas tank.
** Overheard at a crime scene:
--->'''Policeman:''' What car were the suspects driving?\\
'''Witness:''' They were in a Yugo 45.\\
'''Policeman:''' So that makes it a push-by shooting.
* [[GermanHumour Trabi jokes]]. See the RealLife section.
--> '''Customer:''' Can I have a spare wheel for my Trabi?\\
'''Shop owner:''' Yeah, that's a fair swap.
* What's the difference between an Austin Allegro and a Jehovah's Witness? You can shut the door on a Jehovah's Witness.
* Why do they call them Buick Centurys? Because only people over 100 years old drive them.
* What do you call a Lada doing 30? A miracle.
** What do you call a Lada doing 60? A mirage.
*** What do you call a Lada doing 90? Lunacy.
* What's the difference between a Lada and a tampon? The tampon comes with its own tow rope
* What do you call a Lada with a sunroof? A greenhouse
** What do you call a Lada with an open sunroof? A skip[[note]]Dumpster[[/note]]
* Why do they call it a Ford? Because it stands for "Found On Roadside Dead".
** Or "Fix or Repair Daily".
** Or "Fucker Only Runs Downhill".
** Or "Found On Rubbish Dump".
** Or "Four Old Rusted Doors".
** Or the inverse, "Driver Returns on Foot".
* What does FIAT stand for?
** Fix it again, Tony!
** Futile Italian Attempt at Technology.
** Failure In Automotive Technology.
* Dodge: Drips Oil, Drops Grease, Everywhere
** Swedish Autos Always Break
** >sob<
* KIA= Kill it, already!
* Pontiac (cleaned-up for public consumption): Poor Old Nitwit[[note]]or "People on Narcotics/Nyquil"[[/note]] Think(s) It's A Cadillac.
* Lotus: Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious
* A popular German rhyme: ''BMW - steig ab und geh'' (BMW - get out and walk).
* Chevrolet: Constant Haranguing Engine Valve Rattle On Long, Extended Trips
* In Film/TheAwfulTruth, the incident between Lucy and her music teacher which led to the leads' divorce involved one of these breaking down. Lampshaded by Lucy, saying that the car was very old to begin with, but Jerry doesn't believe her story.

* Stella's truck in ''Literature/AlmostNight'' is covered in rust, with flakes constantly coming off. It is also run by an evil AI and used to belong to the DarkLord.
* The Junk Bucket and The Pink Clinker in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''. (The Pink Clinker actually works well — Nannie just likes to call it that.)
* In ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' by Creator/DouglasAdams:
** Kate's Citroën 2CV is like this, and is the TropeNamer -- at one point she's in court for a traffic mishap (her car threw a wheel and nearly caused an accident) and a police officer refers to it as "the alleged car", and the name sticks. This is TruthInTelevision at least to some extent for the 2CV -- see the RealLife section.
** Dirk's car is not much better, especially after he rear-ends another car and busts the right-side indicator. The main concession he makes to repairing it is to conclude that it's fine since he rarely turns right anyway, and at one point, he has to steal a tow truck just to force the repairman to get it running.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' loves this trope.
** Newton Pulsifer has a Wasabi. He praises its incredible gas mileage, but tends to gloss over the amount of time it spends being repaired; he also calls it Dick Turpin (after the British highwayman), because "wherever I go, I hold up traffic." At one point it's described as having been designed on that confused day when Japan stopped copying Western designs and began coming up with their own, during the brief period of paradigm shift, and ended up with not only all the flaws of Western cars, but also some brand new surprises that only the Japanese would devise. Aside from the repair time, it has a voice recorded by someone "who spoke neither Japanese nor English" that recites "prease to frasten sleat-bert" regardless of whether the seat-belt is fastened, and an airbag system that deploys on dangerous occasions like when you're travelling slowly on a dry straight road but are about to crash because an airbag just deployed into your face. Newton's attempts to convince others to buy one are motivated by the idea that misery loves company.
** Crowley drives a 1926 Bentley, which qualifies as a CoolCar. But near the end of the book, he drives it like mad to get from London to Tadfield during a huge traffic jam (including ''leaping through a wall of fire caused by a cursed motorway Crowley designed''), and what's left of it afterwards definitely qualifies as an Alleged Car, assuming it qualifies as a car at all.
** A third main character, Anathema Device, has an Alleged ''Bicycle'' possibly made of drainpipes. All three vehicles get better over the course of the book. Anathema's bicycle and Newton's Wasabi get ''better than new'', with the Wasabi gaining ridiculous gas mileage and its warning system changing to pleasant-voiced haikus.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' has a ton of bad (and bad-smelling) cars.
** Shadow buys a "Pee-Oh-Ess" '83 Chevy Nova for $450 which "had almost a quarter of a million miles on the clock, and smelled faintly of bourbon, tobacco, and more strongly of something that reminded Shadow of bananas." It goes, and that's about all you can say for it.
** There's also "a lumbering and ancient Winnebago, which smelled non-specifically but pervasively and unmistakably of male cat".
** An a 1970 VW bus that "smelled of patchouli, of old incense and of rolling tobacco."
** The Winnebago later gets traded for another car that is in absolutely horrible condition, but will continue to run as long as they keep filling it with oil.
** Shadow also ends up buying another vehicle that is painted (poorly) a very ugly shade of purple. It's described as a color that a person would only choose while under the influence of many drugs.
* Creator/JasperFforde:
** 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 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.
** ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' - Thursday's car is old, makes funny noises, came very cheap from a questionable second-hand car lot, and caught her attention because of a time loop in which she saw herself driving it. But she falls in love with it ''anyway'' because it's loudly colored and goes fast.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry Dresden's Beetle, complete with a cute nickname: [[ShoutOut The Blue Beetle]]. He can't drive anything else because magic screws up modern technology. Although this is never explicitly stated, it's [[FridgeLogic possible]] that one of the reasons he's driving a Volkswagen instead of any other random older car is that the engine is farther away from him. Plus, Harry has stated that his mechanic can keep the Beetle running eight or nine days out of ten, which, as far as Harry's WalkingTechbane status goes, makes the mechanic a miracle worker. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, miracles have limits, and being compacted into a small ball is the Beetle's limit...]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Granny Weatherwax has the Alleged FlyingBroomstick.
-->''Its lifting spells had worn so thin that it wouldn't even begin to operate until it was already moving at a fair lick. It was, in fact, the only broomstick ever to need bump-starting.''
:: This turns out to be a series-long BrickJoke; it was a second-hand gift when she got it in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', and she only ever had it maintained with quick bodge jobs. This gains it a notorious reputation among Dwarf broomstick mechanics, since the stick and bristles have both been replaced many times but it still has the same problems. When it finally gets properly worked on in ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'' they have it working perfectly in a few hours.
* In ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'', this is the impression the Iron Warrior get when they hijack an Ork plane. It doesn't have any landing gear and works on CrazyAwesome rather than any rules of actual physics.
* DaveBarry covers this a few times:
** In the column "Lemon Harangue", he talks about his father's unerringly awful car buying instincts:
--->''For example, my father was one of the very few Americans who bought the Hillman Minx, a wart-shaped British car with the same rakish, sporty appeal as a municipal parking garage but not as much pickup. Our Minx also had a Surprise Option Feature whereby the steering mechanism would disconnect itself at random moments, so you'd suddenly discover that you could spin the wheel all the way around in a playful circle without having any effect whatsoever on the front wheels... You don't see many Minxes around anymore, probably because the factory was bombed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.''
** In ''Dave Barry Does Japan", he mentions that his own first new car was a Chevrolet Vega, which was "made of compressed rust".
** He once owned a Fiat, which "rusted on the assembly line." It was easy to find in a crowded parking lot, as all he had to do was follow the sound of parts falling off.
* In Markus Zusak's ''[[Literature/IAmTheMessenger The Messenger]]'', one of the narrator's friends owns a "shitbox blue Ford" of which he is intensely proud and protective - he goes berserk if anyone brings up its shortcomings within his earshot, even at a police officer who told him it wasn't roadworthy. He ''claims'' it's an antique, it appears to made from rust, it has a 0.5 percent chance of starting the first time you turn the key, it's often propped by bricks because the handbrake is broken, any replacement part would be worth more than the rest of the car itself put together, and it foils a bank robbery in the opening chapter because [[TooDumbToLive the robber chose it as his getaway vehicle]] and couldn't get it to start before the police arrived.
* Creator/StephenKing seems quite fond of this trope:
** ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' has a woman and her son trapped in one of these by a rabid Saint Bernard dog.
** The evil, sentient title car in ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' is a sort of twisted horror version of this trope. It completely takes over a geeky young car-lover's life with its constant demand for repairs and replacement parts, all while making him love it beyond reason.
*** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does a ShoutOut: "And then... Honk honk! The car honked its own horn!"
** In [[Movie/{{Christine}} The Movie]], it's very much an Alleged Car when the protagonist first sees it, but gets ''much'' better (to the point of being a CoolCar) by around the middle of the show.
** In ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'', every car Jake touches becomes this [[spoiler:on the day of JFK's assassination, thanks to the past trying its damnedest to fight being changed]].
** In ''Literature/FromABuick8'', they're not quite sure what the object masquerading as a car ''is'', but an actual car it is not.
* In Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov's ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf'', the Antelope Gnu was essentially what was considered The Alleged Car in the early 1930s Soviet Union. Unknown origins (allegedly Loren-Dietrich), but obviously heavily modified and jury-rigged, working unstably and [[spoiler: finally exploding into small pieces of debris (and being rebuilt)]].
* One set of ''Beachcomber'' columns describes the saga of the Alleged Ship ''Saucy Mrs Flobster'', flagship of the Lots Road Power Station, and an attempt by the Government to sell her to Afghanistan. The ship is too waterlogged to burn, is missing vital components such as masts, sails, rudders and most of the hull, and the previous purchasers (Lichtenstein) offered sevenpence but pulled out when they saw what they'd be buying. It's only at the very end that anyone wonders why the Lots Road Power Station ever needed a navy in the first place.
* Literature/StephaniePlum frequently has one of these, due to her financial constraints and how frequently her cars get destroyed. Though this is also somewhat subverted by her Uncle Sandor's powder blue '53 Buick Roadmaster (aka Big Blue). This is the car she drives when her usual one is inevitably destroyed. The Buick is indestructible, though Stephanie absolutely hates it (mostly cause it's ugly and large). Women, especially Lula, share her disdain, while men unanimously love Big Blue.
* The early installments of ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys The Hardy Boys]]'' feature sporadic appearances from "The Queen," [[FatBestFriend Chet Morton's]] unreliable yellow jalopy.
* In the short story "Tobermory" by Creator/{{Saki}}, one of the secrets that the eponymous talking cat elects to share is that one of the guests was only invited to the party because the hosts think that she is stupid enough to buy their alleged car, dubbed "The Envy of Sisyphus" because it goes quite nicely uphill, if you push it...
* In ''Literature/ShoeflyPie'', the Alleged car is a Dodge Dart, with the most valued component being the half pizza in the back. t didn't have problems driving (until they took it into a field and the driveshaft fell out), the floor was flintstones style, and the original color might possibly have been blue.
* In William Gaddis's ''A Frolic of His Own'', the protagonist's troublesome Japanese car, which runs over him, engendering a lawsuit, is called the Sosumi.
* A subplot in the ''[[Literature/SpiderManTheDarkestHours The Darkest Hours]]'', a SpiderMan novel written by Creator/JimButcher, involves Mary Jane Watson-Parker having to take her driving test so she can play Lady Macbeth for a theater company in Atlantic City. She surprises Peter by announcing that she had purchased a rusty, lime-green Gremlin. [[spoiler:The Gremlin also turns out to be a ChekhovsGun; when Spider-Man is almost killed by Mortia the Ancient, MJ ends up ramming into her with the Gremlin while quoting Lady Macbeth!]]
* The protagonist of Laurie Halse Anderson's ''Literature/{{Catalyst}}'' has a Yugo [[ICallItVera named Bert]], which she describes as "a tissue box on wheels with a bulimic hunger for motor oil."
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' apparently has a particular affection for this trope. In the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, he has a Trabant, as featured in the RealLife subpage. Even better: he drives it during his stint as a single father and wealthy business consultant, working with the kind of people who drive "Porsches and [=BMWs=]", next to which the Trabant looks like "an old drunk uncle at a wedding". He keeps a ton of books in it and it often stalls (in one scene, his would-be-love interest is foiled by his [[ObliviousToLove generally oblivious personality]] and the fact he's preoccupied by trying to get the car to start), but at the end it comes through when the Doctor needs to go rescue [[spoiler:his daughter from being whisked off the planet]]:
-->The Doctor smiled, and slammed his foot on the Trabant’s accelerator, astonishing the owners of the Audi he cruised past.
* [[BadassNormal Genevive Robles]] from ''Literature/{{Bystander}}'' by Luke Green has her [[http://thrythlind.deviantart.com/art/Genevive-Roble-s-Termite-194378072 Termite]], which is a discontinued model from 2011 in a story set in 2035. No parts are made for it so it consumes a lot of cash and paperwork to keep operational, especially given that over the course of the book it's in an earthquake and a blizzard, and narrowly misses being crushed by a flying hydraulic arm from a garbage truck. It is also stated to have an air conditioner that smells like ozone; at least once, Lucretia took a ride in it after being drunk and stuck in garbage truck, which couldn't have helped the smell.
* In the early ''{{Spenser}}'' detective novels, Spenser drives several of these. The first was a 1968 Chevy convertible in such awful condition that everyone he meets remarks on it. He justifies keeping it by saying that if it gets damaged in the line of duty, he doesn't care all that much. He later wrecks a Subaru somewhere near the Charles River locks. By the 1990s, he's switched to something better, but he still loses cars with some frequency after that, and implies he's never too attached to them.
** Carried over to the TV series; in one instance, Spenser complains that his car was nearly totaled, and Hawke [[DeadpanSnarker quips]], "that would be redundant."
* Earlier in the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series, the twins drove their mom's old Fiat Spider which was constantly breaking down. According to Jessica, she was driving up a hill one day and pedestrians were walking faster than the car.
* In ''Literature/WiseBlood'', Hazel Motes buys an old car for $200[[note]]accounting for inflation, about $1500 in 2011 money[[/note]]. He's quite proud of it, but no one else is impressed, and it's missing several seats.
* Creator/EphraimKishon had one, from France BTW. [[ICallItVera He called it "Madeleine".]]
* In Creator/DanielPinkwater's ''Yobgorgle: Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario'', one character purchases one during the course of the book. He gets it dirt cheap (less than a hundred dollars), on the condition that he has to wear a chicken suit whenever he drives it.
* Jen from ''[[Literature/TheCornersvilleTraceMythos Extraordinary* ]]'' has a car that stalls all the time, usually at the worst moments.
* The March 1980 edition of Australian car magazine ''Wheels'' [[http://archive.is/wXaMO controversially declared]] "No Car of the Year" for 1979, with the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130721043909/http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg2NjU=/$%28KGrHqFHJEgFCjbZOSD1BQsFChJIkg~~60_32.JPG front cover]] featuring a giant lemon on four wheels. This prompted Ford Australia to hit back with an advertisement for its then-latest model Falcon, depicting a page full of literal lemons with popular car brands printed on them and declaring, "[[WhenLifeGivesYouLemons There are times when being a lemon is not a bitter experience at all]]". ''Wheels'' also declared "No Car of the Year" in 1972 and 1986.
* 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.
* FarleyMowat's book ''Literature/TheBoatWhoWouldntFloat''. (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.)
* The Joads' truck in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'', a boxy one-ton flatbed from the 1920s. [[TruthInTelevision Typical for]] the 1930's Dust Bowl migrations; vehicles of that era required a total engine rebuild every 20,000 miles or so[[note]]This was before motor oil manufacturers started adding detergents to the oil that allowed it to clean the engine as it flowed, thus starting the practice of the oil change every 3,000 miles to get the accumulated crud out[[/note]] and a new paint job every other year[[note]]similarly, paint wasn't nearly as tough as it is now; nitrocellulose laquer and alkyd paints were only now being introduced[[/note]]; and by the mid '30s it would've been operating on five or more years of deferred maintenance.
* Bert and Cec's original cab in the first Creator/PhryneFisher novel ''Cocaine Blues''. In the second novel, Phryne buys them a new cab as thanks for their services, and because the first cab was a death trap.
* In ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', John Hodgman recounts a (made-up) story about his wife owning a Volkswagen Jetta that actually worked fine; the only problem was that whenever she drove it, people would point at the car and scream, and she could never figure out why. They tried to let it get stolen by leaving the doors unlocked in the middle of New York City, but all that happened was that a lot of people used the car as a place to have sex. Eventually, to get rid of the car, they sold it under false pretenses to one of the writers for ''Series/SesameStreet''; [[WhatTheHellHero they were that desperate]].
* In Creator/KevinJAnderson's ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novels, Chambeaux & Dyer uses a barely-functional Ford Maverick that's held together mostly by rust as a company car. Sheyenne nicknames it "the Pro Bono Mobile" because they'd be able to afford something better if not for Robin Dyer's continual willingness to offer free legal aid to those who can't pay.
* Paul's first car in Literature/TheUnexpectedWitness - described at one point as a 1978 Classic Rusty.
* The ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' introduced the concept of "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ugly Uglies]]" to the franchise. In short, these are starfighters cobbled together from the salvaged pieces of ''other'' starfighters. Things like [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-ceptor X-wings with TIE Interceptor panels replacing its wings]] or [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Corellian/B-wing_Ugly a B-wing with a Millenium Falcon-style cockpit glued on]] are not unheard of. They are little more than flying junkheaps and barely airworthy let alone spaceworthy, and usually used by desperate bandits who can't find or steal anything better. The most ignominious of the lot is probably the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TYE-wing TIE fighter cockpit with Y-wing engines]] which was slow, unshielded, weak-hulled, lightly armed, and essentially a flying death trap with a reputation even worse than the basic TIE fighter--crew survival rates for this particular make of Ugly ship fell even below the Empire's TIE fighter pilots, doubly damning considering that when it came to fighter pilots, the Empire fully believed that WeHaveReserves. That last one was often referred to as a "[[MeaningfulName Die-Wing]]". On the other hand, some Ugly builds proved [[WhatAPieceOfJunk surprisingly effective]], and the sheer unpredictability of their builds was [[ConfusionFu by far the biggest threat they posed]].
* ''Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpiders'': Dave's car is pretty pathetic, but John's is the real example. He drives an old Cadillac that he inherited from a deceased relative. Its tape deck is stuck blasting a tape of ''Creedance Clearwater Revival'' at maximum volume, and John can't find any way to stop it. He's stuffed pillows into every speaker.
* In ''Literature/PaperTowns'', Ben's car RHAPAW (Rode Hard And Put Away Wet), a 15-year-old Buick "composed primarily out of duct tape and spackle" that runs "not on gasoline, but the inexhaustible fuel of human hope", certainly qualifies.
* Newspaper columnist D. L. Stewart recounts, via his book ''Father Knows Best - Sometimes'', the considerable trouble he has with his MG Midget, which a salesman refers to at one point as "the English Edsel". When told it's in average shape for a Midget, the same salesman's response is "That bad, huh?" In six years, it gains 42,000 miles on its odometer, 20,000 of which come while it's attached to the back of a tow truck.
** Later on, some of the cars that his oldest son looks at (and in one case, actually buys) also qualify.
* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', Marci owns a thirty-year-old Gremlin, which she calls "Lucinda". When she gets into a car chase in ''Elegy'', Alex is surprised that the car is able to start at all, let alone keep up with the supernaturally fast sirens.
* Conversant with [[MetallicarSyndrome Metallicar Syndrome]] as [[Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant Skulduggery]] is, he has to have multiple cars stashed around Ireland in order to avoid being spotted in seconds by suspects. One car Valkyrie really disapproves of is the yellow hatchback she dubs "the Canary Car".
* Witkacy's ride in ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', as noted by everyone who rides in it with him. Among others, it lacks the hand brake, two windows, the inside light, sits' coverings (Witkacy uses blankets) and working ventillation system, and it's considered too dangerous for any company to insure it. He defends it vehemently, though, and appears to be right, as it never fails (though sometimes takes several times to start up).

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** Miss Brooks' car, when she has one. It's almost always in the shop. In fact, the number of episodes (on either radio and television) where she gets to drive her car can be counted on one hand; namely "Game At Clay City", "Who's Going Where", "Four Leaf Clover", "Brooks' New Car" and "Head of the State Board of Education".
** Walter Denton's junky jalopy also definitely qualifies;, although it, at least, is usually in working order. However, Walter often drives it ''sans'' top or even sides.
** A one-time offender was Mr. Conklin's second automobile, ''mostly'' a Stutz. He tries to unload the lemon on the unsuspecting Mr. Leblanc in "Mr. Leblanc Needs $50".
* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Paul gets a Rolls Royce in. Normally, it'd be a high-value car, but it was in such poor shape, it sold for cheap.
* In ''Series/TheMiddleman'', Wendy has a Hruck Bugbear, which is made in the Balkans and described as "a poor man's Yugo". Her soon-to-be boyfriend Tyler likes it, but he seems to be the only one who does.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Giles' first car, a potentially very cool but dreadfully run-down Citroën DS, is one of these until it gets crashed by Spike in the Season 4 episode "A New Man." He replaces it with a MidlifeCrisisCar, a BMW 3-series convertible (still used, but much more contemporary). The Citroën is also mocked in the Buffy tie-in novels. Oddly, it's actually totaled in one of them.
** The entire series seems to revel in this trope. Xander and Oz have both confessed their own personal off-screen road-trip-gone-wrong stories that begin with their vehicles breaking down.
* Zap Rowsdower's truck in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' does this. Mike and the bots waste no time in bashing the Rowsdower-mobile.
** Crow apparently has a beater version of himself to loan out the the SOL crew while he gets repairs done. He shudders and constantly emits smoke, but hey; he's got a killer radio!
-->'''Servo:''' "Hey, it's that old AMC Crow Gypsy's been tinkering with for years!"
-->'''Junk!Crow:''' "HEY, GUYS! Are there [=THINGs=] that are [=HAPpenING=]!"
-->'''Servo:''' *coughs* "Ugh, he must be runnin' rich!"
* The Reliant Regal three-wheeled van owned by the main characters of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' is a famous example, the SoBadItsGood of the car world. It's popular enough that more than one RealLife Reliant Regal owner has painted his vehicle to look like it, and it came second only to the [[TheDukesOfHazzard General Lee]] in a poll of the best-ever TV cars. Also the Ford Capri driven by Del in later seasons, known to Rodney as "the Pratmobile". The vast majority of cars that Boycie sells also qualify.
* Series/MrBean's 1977 Mini, complete with latch and padlock door system and non-working handbrake, is constantly "The Alleged Car" in its repeated collisions with a certain Reliant Supervan.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' drives a beat-up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_403 Peugot 403]] convertible. He seems pleased to own a foreign car. In one episode, he drives it to a junkyard where a body has been found. A policeman tells him he'll have to dump his car there another day. Columbo is shocked at the idea that anyone could think his car was junk. Peter Falk allegedly picked it out himself one day after having been picked as Columbo. He saw the car in a mechanic's shop where they were apparently using it as a test-bed/oversized paperweight, and thought that given Columbo's otherwise disheveled appearance, the car would be perfect. He bought it from the mechanics and drove it to the lot that day.
* The title character of ''Series/HarryO'' drives a rust-bucket roadster that's always either prominently featured in at least one scene, or conspicuous by its absence, with Harry riding the bus because it was in the shop.
* Federal Marshall Mary Shannon drives a beat-up purple Ford Probe on ''Series/InPlainSight'' that is an ongoing topic of conversation.
* ''Series/GreenAcres'':
** Not a car per se, but Oliver's Hoyt-Clagwell tractor should count.
** Oliver's car breaking down was the subject of at least one episode, in which Mrs. Douglas used her pancake batter to fix a blown head gasket, something of a great feat, considering her knowledge of cars was limited to referring to the gear shifter as a "pernundel" (because of the order of gears: P R N D L).
* Steve Urkel's Isetta "microcar" on ''Series/FamilyMatters''
-->'''Steve:''' Boy, I'm glad I paid the extra four dollars for that sunroof!
* One episode of ''Creator/MichaelPalin's New Europe'' had him take a tour of Nowa Huta (a Communist-built industrial suburb of Krakow) in an [[EastGermany East German]] Trabant, a RealLife embodiment of this trope.
* ''Series/PimpMyRide'' is entirely about turning an Alleged Car into a CoolCar.
** 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.
* ''Series/TopGear'' naturally has a ton of these:
** One episode features Jeremy Clarkson driving an FSO Polonez, a Polish-built Fiat 125 derivative that he was so unimpressed with that he decreed it be used to play conkers with the aid of an electromagnetic crane. It remains one of his least favourite cars, but later models (produced after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp) are significantly improved.
** Another episode has a segment revolving around the question "Did the Communists ever produce a good car?", with said vehicles being tested, for maximum UsefulNotes/ColdWar irony, around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Greenham_Common the former site of US nuclear missiles, the now closed RAF Greenham Common]]. The first two cars tested, a Lada Riva and a Moscvitch 408, lose a quarter-mile drag race to a ''dog.'' Other highlights included a car in which the door couldn't be closed (forcing Clarkson to drive with the front door open) and a tri-wheeled car covered in canvas. When all was said and done, they found the answer to the original question to be resounding no.
*** Later expanded upon with May and Clarkson trying out Chinese cars. The early attempts played the trope straight, the latest models were much better and thus averted the trope.
** Among the cars they tested was the notorious Reliant Robin, a three-wheeled rear-wheel-drive subcompact car. The challenge? To drive 15 Km. While the car succeeded, it turned over at least ten times along the way. Almost definitely staged, but definitely hilarious.
*** Jeremy Clarkson now claims [[http://www.9news.com.au/entertainment/2016/01/13/02/41/clarkson-reveals-legendary-rolling-robin-test-drive-was-a-setup it was falsified]], via modifying the differential to the point where it automatically rolled whenever the steering wheel was turned.
** The presenters built their own alleged car in one episode: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfNfwNWWphI Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust]], an electric vehicle that, despite being a death trap, is fully street legal. It had a top speed of ten miles an hour, the aluminum body could blind the driver, the seats were plastic lawn chairs, it couldn't go in reverse, it was insanely noisy, and it took 7 hours to recharge the ONE battery used to power the thing. Even then the range was so bad they converted it to a 'hybrid' by putting a portable generator in the back, which filled the cabin with fumes. It even got a proper review in ''Autocar''; which noted that there were two ways it could take a corner: sliding out of control, or sliding out of control backwards, and that it could get in horrible accidents [[EpicFail when going in a straight line.]] Hilariously, the ''Autocar'' review actually rated it half a star ''higher'' than the real-life electric car the presenters were trying to beat, the Reva G-Wiz (which gets its own listing in the Real Life section). Presumably they did this because the ''Top Gear'' car made no pretense that it was actually any ''good''.
** Many of the show's legendary challenges center around the three hosts being given a very small amount of money to buy a car. They then have to to drive somewhere, completing challenges on the way:
*** The Toyota Land Cruiser aka "Donkey" from the Bolivia special. The engine hardly ever started, its prop shaft fell out, its differential exploded, and the list goes on. Just proves that age and wear without decent maintenance can kill any car.
*** One episode features the creations of the British Leyland company. James May's actually does fairly well, but Clarkson's loses a door. Twice. ''And not even the same door''.
*** All three vehicles in the Budget Supercar special. Clarkson's Maserati Merak lost when its engine disintegrated into a fine cloud of metal bits. Richard Hammond's Ferrari Dino[[note]]'''Jeremy:''' It's not a Ferrari![[/note]] from the same episode had all the engine electronics fail; May's Lamborghini Urraco kept running out of electricity, though it was the only car that actually ran out of fuel rather than fail. However, following the episode, the Lamborghini was bought by a supercar enthusiast who restored it to working condition, and Hammond restored the Ferrari himself; meanwhile, Clarkson's Maserati was so far gone that it had to be broken up for scrap, so it definitely wins the Alleged Car crown for the episode.
*** The challenge with the Mallorca Rally had them buying their cars at an auction. Richard bought an early fifties Lanchester which ran into a number of issues during the test drive. In the first host segment after the purchase, he presented a list of repairs he had to make. The list tumbled from his hand to the floor. Basically, the only real reason he held onto the car was because his grandfather worked for the coachbuilder who built it [[spoiler: and at episode's end, it was revealed that his grandfather worked at a different coachbuilder than the one that built the car.]]
** Played with in the Albania episode, where the trio were asked to see which of three premium luxury cars (a Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes, and a Bentley) was best for a ''Leading Light'' in the Albanian Mafia. Bentley pulled-out due to not wanting to be associated with organized crime and a suffering a sudden sense-of-humor deficiency. Undeterred by this, Clarkson purchased a none-too-gently-used Yugo and for the rest of the episode they pretended this car was the example of the Bentley Mulsanne they were originally scheduled to test as a TakeThat for chickening-out.
** And in a complete subversion of this (and the jokes against Toyota above in the Jokes folder) we have the Toyota Hilux. The first one certainly looked like this trope when Jeremy got it. However it was proven that it can't die no matter what you put it through. The little {{Determinator}} was driven down stairs, against rock walls, into a tree, lost to the tide, dropped from a crane, had a caravan dropped on it from a crane, hit by a wrecking ball, driven through a shed, set on fire, and dropped from a controlled demolition site. It still drives. Sure it has seawater in a headlight, the dash was destroyed, and there are dents and scrapes everywhere... but it runs. Later they used (new, fresh, and modified) Hilux to drive to the North Pole, ''and to an active volcano'' (...after that one ''also'' drove to the north pole).
** Also subverted by the car Hammond bought in the Botswana episode, a 1963 Opel Kadett A. [[ICallItVera Dubbed "Oliver"]]. He became attached to it and eventually took it with him back home to England. While dirt cheap, it survived unmodified, unlike the other two cars, and only had one major breakdown because Hammond accidentally sank it in a river. It eventually appeared on TV again in kid's TV show ''Richard Hammond's Blast Lab''.
** One challenge had them buy cars for under £100, as that was noticably less than the cost of a long-journey train ticket. Hammond's Rover 416 was alleged, May's Audi was. Clarkson's late 70s large Volvo (bought for ''one pound'') averted the trope, running surprisingly well (mechanically, almost none of the electronics worked) until it was crashed at 40mph.
** For the Series 19 premiere, Jeremy builds one of his own, designed to be smaller than the Peel P50. As such, he calls it the P45. The [[UnfortunateNames unfortunate name]] [[note]] P45 is the UK's designation for their termination of employment notice. Jeremy essentially called his car the "pink slip". [[/note]] (and eventual FunnyAneurysmMoment) are the least of the car's problems. It has no suspension to speak of so the driver feels every bump he hits. It's ridiculously underpowered and not capable of highway speeds. The fuel tank is so small, it's unable to take the minimum required fuel purchase. It's also a hybrid, but conversion to electric power takes nearly two hours. Finally, the body covers the driver's chest and head, but his arms are fully exposed to the elements. Is it any wonder the investors on ''Series/DragonsDen'' rejected it?
* The [[Series/TopGearUS American version]] of ''Top Gear'' has had its fair share of alleged cars.
** In the Alaska Special, Tanner's Chevy allegedly had a diesel engine. The fuel gauge even said "diesel fuel only". It turned out to be a Chevy Small Block V8 (A petrol/gasoline engine, if you missed the hint). [[spoiler:He still won, and it was the only truck to finish.]]
** The show has had some variation on "get a car for cheap/really cheap/obscenely cheap" as the central premise of an episode several times.
*** Rutledge got a Fiero/Ferrari mash-up kitcar for a "$5000 luxury car" challenge that had a leaking problem and struggled to reach 55 mph in the speed test.
*** The "obscenely cheap" version saw the hosts buying cars for just $500. Adam's puke-and-blood stained taxi cab (Tanner and Rutledge's cars had their fair shares of bodily fluids as well) had what he described as "a several minute delay between steering input and actual turning."
** Episodes have been devoted to both "Worst Cars"[[note]]featuring the underpowered Mustang II, the homely Aztek, and the notorious Yugo[[/note]] and "Dangerous Drives"[[note]]featuring the rollover-prone Samurai, the flammable Pinto, and the unstable Corvair[[/note]]. In the former, the presenters bought the cars for each other and culminated in them trying to sell them at auction. In the latter, the flaws of each were played for maximum effect (and laughs) in a test drive, then each presenter was challenged to modify the car to eliminate the deficiency. Naturally, HilarityEnsues.
** "What Can it Take?" is a durability contest for reliable, older cars, which means that each challenge involves removing parts from the vehicles to hinder their performance, gradually turning them into Alleged Cars. By the final challenge, they're all stripped to their frames with various engine parts missing, and Tanner's Honda Civic has been ''cut in half'' horizontally.
* The short-lived Channel 4 sitcom ''Series/{{Hippies}}'' featured the "Ginkle", an exaggerated parody of the Trabant, which was incapable of driving more than thirty miles before breaking in half.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'': Jon Stewart says this about the Gremlin he had as a kid: "The car that existed only so that [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]] owners could have something to shit on." In his tribute to Music/BruceSpringsteen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jqNXphenus during the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors]], he expanded a little on this: "The Gremlin was a car that was invented for two reasons; one, birth control for young males; and two, it was invented so that the Pinto wouldn't feel so bad about itself."
* The Chevy that Music/{{SClub7}} got in ''Miami 7'' and later sold in ''LA 7'' was one of these. It had travelled nearly a million miles in its time, and when it reached that number, it unexpectedly transported itself and its occupants 40 years back in time.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Morgan buys a [=DeLorean=] with a stuck passenger door that cannot go over 22 miles per hour. Sort of a subversion in that Morgan considers it to be a CoolCar, and gets a VanityLicensePlate for it.
* The Plymouth Duster (often mistaken for a Dodge) in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. According to various antecdotes, it was brought to a stop by an anthill, it wouldn't hit 60 MPH if you threw it out of a plane, the ignition key is a bottle opener, it's a literal one-of-a-kind car as the other models have exploded, been recalled, or dissolved in the rain, it has bullet holes on it from when Kelly tried to outrun the cops, and at one point a car wash "lost" it because the brown color is actually years of dirt accumulated on it.
** In the episode "Take My Wife, Please":
--->'''Cowboy:''' ''(from the VillagePeople)'' Hey, sorry about the Dodge out front.\\
'''Kelly:''' Why, did you hit it?\\
'''Cowboy:''' No. I'm just sorry about.
* Most cars on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''. Many of these were repurposed on the "Handyman's Corner" segment.
** For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5XVPSx9Dk in this clip]] two alleged cars were combined to make [[BlatantLies a luxury mid-engine car]]. Red's own Possum Van was a prime example. Numerous references were made to the crappy cars driven by many of the other Lodge members, to the point where one of the books written by the show's creators noted that having an "old car that barely runs" confirms its driver as a member of Possum Lodge.
** Another episode, on the Handyman's Corner, showed Red cutting two cars in half and interconnecting the steering to make a car with front and rear steering. It actually moved several feet.
* {{Satan}} gives Ezekiel Stone one of these in one episode of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''. At the end of the episode Ezekiel [[spoiler:realises that it's the second damned soul Satan told him to reclaim that week, and shoots its "eyes" (headlights) out to send it back to Hell]]. Gives us this lovely exchange:
--->'''Detective:''' Nice wheels, Stone.\\
'''Zeke Stone:''' The wheels are great. The car on top of 'em's crap.
* ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'':
** The "Shitmobile" (1975 Chrysler New Yorker 4 door hardtop). The driver's side front door doesn't open, it's missing the passenger side front door entirely, and it requires a specific method of key turning to start it. It breaks down periodically, but is also shown to be nigh indestructible. The boys have knocked down parking meters and ''walls'' with it, and still been able to drive away.
** Most of the cars in the show start out in good condition, but usually end up this way by the end of the season. Mr. Lahey's car ended up providing parts for the Shitmobile and lost its roof in an offscreen NoodleIncident, which didn't stop any of the characters from driving it. After Lahey becomes a cop again, his cop car ''also'' ends up losing its roof.
* The ''Series/MythBusters'' seek out Alleged Cars for their experiments. Those that are perfectly fine (such as Earl The Caddy and the Corvette from "Stinky Car" -- the Fiat X1/9 from "Compact Compact" didn't count as "perfectly fine" because it had no engine) are generally ''rendered'' Alleged Cars after being experimented with. Earl at least managed to last an entire season before it was finally destroyed by being dropped from a crane.
** Also fitting in this categories have been alleged snow plows, cranes, cement trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, war machines and every other kind of moving contraption.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv0onXhyLlE famous scene]] in the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "Gourmet Night" where Basil Fawlty's car breaks down in the middle of the road. He then starts shouting at the car, kicks it and runs offscreen... Only to return a few seconds later with a ''tree branch'' to start hitting the car out of frustration.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Time Lords other than the Doctor see the TARDIS as one of these.
-->'''The Master:''' Overweight, underpowered museum piece... Might as well try to fly a second hand gas stove.
** In "The Time Meddler", the First Doctor and fellow rogue Time Lord the Monk gush over the special custom features on the Monk's TARDIS in a petrolhead-like manner, and the Monk brags about its make and model, referring to it as a "Mark IV". He then asks the Doctor which Mark number his TARDIS is, and he visibly bristles, saying "none of your business"[[note]]Later revealed to be a Mark III, Type 40[[/note]].
** Some of the minor problems with the TARDIS
*** It was literally a museum piece when the Doctor [[InsistentTerminology borrowed it]] from the workshop it was being stored in.
*** The navigation is expertly described as "knackered" before the Doctor even gets into it.
*** Not long after the Doctor commandeers it, it suffers its first serious malfunction: The Chameleon Circuit, a cloaking device that lets it blend in with its surroundings perfectly, gets stuck on a 1960s police public call box.
*** The [[ChaosArchitecture variable architecture]] can't keep itself in stable condition, so a given door could open into anything at any time.
*** It makes [[MostWonderfulSound a sound like a large animal dying of a prolonged respiratory disease]] every time it takes off or lands, [[DependingOnTheWriter possibly]] due to a stuck parking brake.
*** The physical interface is a shambles, with important functions labeled with sharpie notes and, on occasion, ''very important'' switches accidentally being stuck in the on position by a busted spring.
*** The TARDIS can, generally, make accurate landings in time and space or comfortable trips in time and space, but never both, and sometimes neither.
*** It [[DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash once]] crashed into [[TimeParadox itself]].
*** [[DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime Another time]], it landed [[ClosedCircle inside itself]].
*** A major plot arc hinged on the TARDIS exploding and destroying the universe. While the ''who'' and ''why'' of the explosion were eventually explained, the ''how'' never was.
*** The TARDIS has a mind of its own, [[SapientShip literally]], but it's unable to express itself very clearly and is [[ManicPixieDreamGirl fairly unhinged to begin with.]]
*** For years, it basically could not be navigated by the Doctor at all, though how much was due to his incompetence/inexperience and how much was due to faulty systems/[[LivingShip personal belligerence]]/outside interference is never made clear.
*** Several important functions, either due to the "loss" of the operation manual or a general breakdown of the interface, are a complete mystery to the Doctor, including whether it has a working CloakingDevice and the fact that he can open it with a snap of his fingers.
*** Certain [[FailsafeFailure safety features]] are inadvertently extremely dangerous or terrifying, or [[InsaneTrollLogic simply don't make sense]].
*** It's [[TheLastOfHisKind The Last Of Its Kind]] and the only person who understands the principles by which it works is completely unequipped and unqualified to actually repair, maintain, or upgrade it. Simple maintenance has to be done using extremely ad-hoc methods and resources, and on occasion moderately experienced human engineers have shown more insight and understanding regarding its needs than the Doctor.
*** Because of its Alleged Time Machine status, it's particularly susceptible to PlotDrivenBreakdown.
* The Ghostmobile MK-I as seen in ''The Ghost Busters''. It's a 1929 Willys Whippet that always has something wrong with it (usually the brakes).
* 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.
* The whorehouse-on-wheels in ''Series/TinMan'' that Cain "borrows" from [=DeMilo=] to get [[TrueCompanions DG, Glitch, Raw and himself]] to the North from "Central City." It breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm, then probably suffered a permanent breakdown [[spoiler: after getting Glitch and Cain back to the Witch's Tower]], since it is never seen again.
* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'':
** One of the "contestants" on the fifth season was nominated for owning ''several'' Alleged Cars. He proudly declared having never paid more than $400 for a car.
** The show itself frequently turns vehicles into Alleged Cars. Case in point, the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger respectively from seasons 6 and 7, which became progressively worse looking every episode.
** It has now become a yearly tradition on the show to purchase a brand new [[CoolCar cool sports car]] that will be used by the bad drivers on every show, inevitably turning it into this trope assuming it's even remotely close to driving condition at all by the end of the season.
* In ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Fred is put in charge with buying a blue Cadillac convertible. The first tip-off is that he bought it for $300.
* The Bluth Company's stair-car from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. While it runs perfectly well, it's slow, very large (wrecking banners and signs suspended high up), guzzles gas like the [[ShapedLikeItself 1970s full-size truck it is]], hitchhikers hop onto the back of the car whenever it stops, and the driver has to start braking several minutes before they need to get to a full stop.
* The car Tony bought for Sam on ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' would qualify.
* Greg's first car in ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.
* On ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Starbug, the transport craft, may qualify as an alleged ''ship''; it frequently breaks down or malfunctions and the interiors are as cramped and dingy as you'd expect from something built by the lowest bidder. Granted, much of the former two may be down to the number of crashes it's survived, but there can't be too many ships where going from Blue Alert to Red Alert involves changing the light bulb.
** The original, pre-ChickenWalker Blue Midget also counts. It resembled a shabby cross between a chinook, a tank and the space shuttle, was cramped, slow and had a dodgy gearbox. Somehow. When it sprouted legs for Season VIII (and the remastered versions of I-III) it shed most of these qualities. (Although it's entirely possible that the man who designed the bits that make it fly and the guy who designed the legs never met, and only one of them was good at his job.)
* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car.
** Then there were the two drug dealers [[StupidCrooks who hid their twenty-six dime bags of high-grade heroin in their gas tank]]. One of the bags broke, stalling the car.
--->'''Malloy''': So you're telling me this car died of a heroin overdose?
* Mr. Roper's car on ''Series/ThreesCompany'', which he briefly sells to the trio, gets worse every time it's described. One episode says the car must always have a passenger or it will tip over on the driver's side. A mechanic recommends against changing the oil because it's the only thing holding the car together.
* ''Series/TheNowShow'' talked about how they're saving money with the high-speed rail connection from London to Scotland by running it from London to Birmingham and having Toyota supply the brakes.
* From ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'', Onslow's beat-up '78 Ford Cortina (the one that runs. Barely.)
* Barney Fife buys an alleged car (with a transmission full of sawdust) from an alleged sweet little old lady on ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. The seller claimed she only [[BlatantLies drove it on Sundays]] and was hoping someone could take care of it after her husband died. Everything seemed alright, until the thing literally started to fall apart as he drove...
** A very similar plot happened on ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' when Matlock's (played by Andy Griffith) neighbor Les Calhoun (played by Don Knotts) with the twist that Les is accused of murdering the guy who sold it to him.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' gave us the parody ad featuring ''The Adobe''. "The sassy new Mexican import that's made out of clay!"
** Another parody ad featured "the Chameleon", a luxury car disguised as a piece of crap as a theft prevention measure.
** While reporting on the Toyota acceleration controversy, Seth Meyers quipped: "A highway safety spokesman said that if you have a Toyota, you should just stop driving it. Toyota owners said 'We're trying!'"
* One episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' reveals that Earl and Joy once sold an alleged car to someone. When Earl goes to right this wrong, he discovers that the experience left the man bitter and pessimistic about mankind.
* Simon's Fiat Cinquecento Hawaii in ''Series/TheInbetweeners''. Small, slow, yellow, missing one of its original doors (later replaced with a red one) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has a tape deck]]. [[spoiler: It winds up in a lake in the finale]]. Still, it fares better than Neil's Vauxhall Nova [[spoiler: which doesn't even have an engine]].
* There's a running gag in the 1980s cop show ''Series/{{Hunter}}'' about the title character's horrible clunkers. DaChief loathes him and so sticks him with awful cars, and sometimes it's even had more influence on the plot than just a gag - hard to have a CarChase when your ride won't start (or the door won't even open, or ''piles of parts fall out of the bottom''.) This was {{Justified|Trope}} by his tendency to ''[[ChronicallyCrashedCar completely demolish]]'' cars in chase scenes: you give this guy a car, it lasts two episodes tops, so you give him the worst you've got.
* On ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', some of the cars the teams are given turn out to be this, and it's obviously quite deliberate. That is, when they're not doing ProductPlacement cars instead
* 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 ''Series/TheRoyRogersShow'', there was Nellybelle, who was run down to the point she often refused to start. Hence Pat Brady's {{Catchphrase}} "Aw, NELLYBELLE!"
* In the ''Series/DirkGently'' TV series, Dirk drives an Austin Princess which he's had for at least sixteen years (and, given when the Princess was made, was presumably not new then). It rarely starts, when it does it's always in reverse, and Richard compares changing gears to Russian Roulette.
* The Ropers' car in ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse'', which was always having something go wrong with it.
** The gag continued on the spin-off ''Series/GeorgeAndMildred'' with the Ropers's motorcycle and sidecar which was nicknamed 'Charles Bronson'. It alternately either wouldn't start or wouldn't stop.
* In the ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' episode: "The Wedding", the titular duo borrows a friend's old 1970s Chevy El Camino that is in very poor condition. The car stalls in the middle of an isolated highway and they spend most of the episode's plot trying to find help or repair the car. [[spoiler: The car catches fire while they try to repair it and the episode ends with them walking away from it in defeat.]]
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** In "The Woman in the Tunnel", Booth rents a car for his trip to London with Bones and is given an Austin Healy "the size of [his] thumb". Booth is very disappointed, as he has been expecting to drive an [[CoolCar Aston Martin]].
** In another episode, Cam and Arastoo are driving to work when they get pulled over. While the cop is walking over, they bicker about why, Cam declaring that "With this car, it could be anything," and listing problems he's had with it. The car does work fine for the brief scene it's in.
* Cliff Huxtable from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' describes a terrible test-drive [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJPudiBap4U here.]]
* John Cleese's series ''How To Irritate People'' included a forerunner of the Monty Python Parrot Sketch -- a salesman (Michael Palin) insists that the car he sold is perfectly fine, while the buyer (Graham Chapman) demonstrates first that the gear lever is loose, the brakes don't work, and finally that the doors fall off at the slightest touch.
* A running gag on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', particularly during the Sound Effect game tended to go one of two ways. If the car starting sound effect wasn't given, the guys would go and push it, while if it was given too ''early'', it would drive off without anyone in it.
* Marshall's Pontiac Fiero ('the Giving Tree of cars') on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' falls into this category, nearly managing to hit 200,000 miles and having a tape deck that ate Marshall's Proclaimers tape, resulting in "500 Miles" being the only music that is played in the car. The season 2 episode "Arrivederci, Fiero" revolves around the car's demise and the gang recalling some of the incidents that made it an Alleged Car.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** We have Walt's beige 2004 Pontiac Aztek (see [[TheAllegedCar/RealLife Real Life]]), which he eventually ends up selling for ''50 dollars''.
** While iconic for the series, the RV "Crystal Ship" was a piece of junk. At one point a malfunction during a meth cook winds up stranding Walt and Jesse in the desert where they nearly die of starvation.
--->'''Jesse:''' I don't even get it. I mean, we had money. Why'd we have to have the world's shittiest RV?\\
'''Walt:''' Inertia?
* Axl's '75 Ford Gran Torino in ''Series/TheMiddle'' [[spoiler: met its end]] when a county fair official took a guess about the rusty, faded old land yacht and [[spoiler: waved Axl into the demolition derby]].
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': Hutch's vomit-colored, dented, rusting, crumbling Ford LTD (with a missing rear-view mirror, window cranks that don't stay in, and a horn that randomly blasts at top volume whenever he opens the door), in contrast to Starsky's signature CoolCar, the famous red-and-white striped Gran Torino. Hutch despises the Torino and repeatedly insists his piece-of-shit car has more "character" than Starsky's. An overly prideful car repairman is so offended by the car's very ''existence'' that when Hutch tries to bring it in for repairs, he buries it in his trash heap just so he can yell at Hutch that "Garbage belongs WITH garbage!" (Interestingly, when the LTD was totaled in an assassination attempt, Starsky bought Hutch another one exactly as crappy as the first one, though not before writing "condemned in 1827" on the windshield.)
* Mike's Mitsubishi Galant on ''Series/MikeAndMolly'' becomes one in "Mike's Manifold Destiny". (Oddly, it never showed trouble before.) The engine loses power if the air conditioner is on (it later dies), there's a hole in the floor, the windows won't stay closed if the tape is removed from the switch, and the hazard lights don't work. And that's just in the teaser.
* [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]! The Firefly-class transport ship is hugely outdated by the timeframe of the story, but Serenity is a special example. When Mal bought her at a used ship lot, she was in such bad shape that she wasn't even capable of flight, nevermind space-worthy. However, as [[WrenchWench Kaylee]] once so eloquently put it, "[[CoolStarship it'll fool ya]]".
* Mother, from ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' is a 1928 Porter, a fake equivalent of a Model T, and considered this trope by the neighborhood.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': Jake admits he has a terrible car, but he loves it because he associates it with the first arrest he made after graduating from the academy. The sentimental value is (partly) why he takes his bet with Santiago so seriously.
* Chet Kelly's junk-heap station wagon makes an appearance in the ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' episode "Firehouse Quintet". He tries to give the crew a lift to the gym for basketball tournament practice, but the car breaks down partway and the guys have to push it.
* In the "Nanny on Wheels" episode of ''Series/NannyAndTheProfessor'', Nanny convinces the Professor that she needs a car. They go to a shady used-car dealer who tries to sell them an Alleged Car. A few scenes later, Nanny tells the Professor that she has found a car for only $25. Actually, the car was free; the $25 was the towing fee to have it towed from Mrs. Patterson's garage. It was even more of an Alleged Car than anything at the used-car lot. The Professor criticizes Nanny for thinking she can do anything with such a piece of junk (it looked like it was held together by cobwebs and one of the headlights was hanging by its wires), but with help from the Professor's kids (and some "un-help" from the family dog, who stole the carburetor), she successfully restores it and ends up with a really CoolCar.
* ''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."
* Gerry's Triumph Stag in ''Series/NewTricks''. He keeps claiming it's a classic, but it is notoriously unreliable and when any other team member rides in it, they are always dubious as to whether it will get them to their destination.
* Mr. Belding had one of these during the lone season of ''Good Morning Miss Bliss'' (forerunner to ''Series/SavedByTheBell''):
-->'''Miss Bliss:''' "Surely you don't need approval to have a car towed, do you?"
-->'''Mr. Belding:''' "Oh, you mean that broken-down Yugo that's been there for two weeks?"
-->'''Miss Bliss:''' "Right. Why didn't you ever have it towed?"
-->'''Mr. Belding:''' "Because it's mine."
* ''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.
* In ''Series/OtherSpace'' the UMP Cruiser is a spaceship version. Decades obsolete, its engine spews brain-frying radiation and its walls are "mostly decorative". Bits of it fall off when it undocks. Not helping is that the AI running it was originally designed to deal blackjack.
--> '''[[SpaceShipGirl Natasha]]''': The fact that you've survived this long is ''crazy''.
* While ''{{Series/Overhaulin}}'' requires cars to be in running condition to be on the show, they've had their share of these:
** One car had a serious oil leak as Chris drove it to the shop.
** Another car had a colony of mice living in it.
** More cars than can be counted have had serious rust issues.
* Matt's car in ''Series/LifeInPieces''. It's so broken that the only thing that started it was tequila. [[spoiler: And by the end of the episode, it bursts into flame]].
* In ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie: It's Christmas'', when Amy manages to get both her and Teddy kicked out of the Denver Airport and the bus taking them to Palm Springs, they walk eight miles to Lenny's garage, where Daryll, who bought it out, sells them an old Yugo for $50.00. Teddy has a hard time driving it over a hill that night, especially when the headlights and the brakes don't work, and when it starts to snow, one of the windshield wipers breaks off. The next morning, when they stop at a diner for breakfast, the entire car falls apart.

* Creator/AdamSandler's "Ode To My Car" is a [[ClusterFBomb profanity-laced]] {{Reggae}}-esque ballad with a chorus of "Piece of shit car, I gotta piece of shit car".
* Jan and Dean had a lot of songs about cool cars like the Shelby Cobra and the Pontiac GTO. They also had a song called "Schlock Rod", about a jalopy that's almost falling apart and questionably customized.
* The Morris Minor in Madness' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV1_7R_3cXA Driving In My Car]]". One line sums it up: I'm satisfied I got this far. We are also frequently informed that it is "not quite a Jag-u-ar".
* Sir Mix-a-Lot (he who cannot lie about liking big butts) has a track called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkvq-20sC0U My Hooptie]]."
* The Coup recorded a fantastic inversion of the Cruising In My Caddy type of song with Cars And Shoes, which lists off a series of increasingly terrible cars that they have owned, making the point that they're crap, but still better than walking.
* "Two Ton Paperweight" by Music/{{Psychostick}}.
-->''My. Car. Is a '''PIECE OF SHIT!!'''\\
Wan to drive you off a cliff,\\
Watch you crash into a ravine,\\
For the things you did to me,\\
You, '''STUPID CAR!!'''''
* "My Chevette" by Audio Adrenaline.
-->''Zero-to-60: sometimes.''
* Bottle Rockets' ''1000 Dollar Car'' suggests you buy a good guitar instead, it'll take you farther.
* Then there's the parody Christmas Carol based on "Jingle Bells", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50IgzksUqpQ "Rusty Chevrolet"]] by Music/DaYoopers. The chorus, for a sample:
-->''Oh, rust and smoke, the heater's broke,\\
The door just flew away.\\
I light a match, to see the dash,\\
And then I start to pray.\\
Frame is bent, the muffler went,\\
The radio it's okay,\\
Oh what fun it is to drive\\
This rusty Chevrolet.
** They also have "Yooper Snow Rocket", which is about The Alleged Snowmobile.
* "500 (Shake baby shake)" by Lush, on the venerable Fiat Topolino:
-->''When things are looking good there's always complications,\\
I can't be with you so I'm at the railway station''
* And then there's Jonathan Richman's Dodge Veg-O-Matic:
-->''I'm gonna tell you 'bout a car you'd best not buy.\\
The brakes'll fall off and you will sigh.\\
I'm gonna tell you 'bout a car that you won't like.\\
You had best stay home, sir, better take your bike.''
* Arrogant Worms's song "Car Full of Pain" -- complete with a verse describing how it is possessed by the Legions of Hell.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's car in "Stop Dragging My Car Around".
* The guys at CarTalk have been collecting these for some time now. [[http://www.shamelesscommerce.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ROADSONGS Have a look.]]
* The tour bus in EricBogle's "Eric and the Informers":
-->''We drove ourselves round in a Kombi van,\\
A rusty German coffin.\\
We cursed Adolf Hitler every time it broke down,\\
Which was everywhere and often.''
* Clare & The Reasons' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXWbNqSbOYI "Can Your Car Do That? I Don't Think So"]]
* "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio" by Aaron Tippin. The car's a wreck, but the radio works perfectly.
-->''She needs a carburetor, a set of plug wires\\
She's ridin' me around on four bald tires\\
The wipers don't work and the horn don't blow\\
But there ain't nothin' wrong with the radio''
* "Teardrops on My Old Car", a parody of TaylorSwift's "Teardrops on My Guitar. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6aIo1q-RF0]]
* "One Piece At A Time" by JohnnyCash is a variation: He's put together a Cadillac by smuggling parts out of the factory over almost a quarter-century. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/One_piece_at_a_time.jpg The "psychobilly Cadillac"]] looks very strange by the time he's done due to interim design changes, though he apparently got it to ''work'' okay somehow.
--> The headlights was another sight
--> We had two on the left and only one on the right
--> But when I pulled out the switch, all three of 'em came on.
* The 1957 Chevy pickup truck from the C.W. [=McCall=] song (which is really more of recitation set to music) "Classified":
-->''Well, I kicked the tires and I got in the seat and set on a petrified apple core and found a bunch of field mice livin' in the glove compartment. He says, "Her shaft is bent and her rear end leaks, you can fix her quick with an oily rag. Use a nail as a starter; I lost the key. Don't pay no mind to that whirrin' sound. She use a little oil, but outside a' that, she's cherry." ''
* The second verse of Billy Falcon's "Power Windows" is dedicated to one of these. The song goes on to say the car's owner doesn't need a CoolCar because he's found the PowerOfLove.
* Jim White's "Corvair" is something of a deconstruction.
-->I got a Corvair in my yard
-->It hasn't run in 15 years
-->It's a home for the birds now
-->It's no longer a car.
* 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.
* The second line in "Beverly Hills" by Music/{{Weezer}}.
--> "My automobile is a piece of crap."
* The popular Tex-Mex singer, Music/{{Selena}} had a song named 'Carcacha' (mexican word to refer to a run-down car, is somewhat offensive), the lyrics are entirely about a girl's boyfriend's car, which is the quintessence of the trope.
** The chorus thranslates roughly to:
--> Carcacha, go step by step, don't stop "limping" forward.
--> carcacha, bit by bit. Please don't leave us!
* Music/AllaPugacheva's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKmzDVxhkHU Daddy bought a car]]"... very cheaply.
* Two of Red Fang's videos feature a 1979 Impala Station Wagon. They buy it for only a few hundred dollars in "Wires" and modify it with a plow to run over all sorts of stuff on an empty runway. In "Hank Is Dead" they outfit it with a loudspeaker and play while sending out flyers for an Air Guitar competition. It's one of the rare occasions where they take a beat up, tired old clunker and actively turn it into a {{CoolCar}} by force of will.
* Josephine's car in Bo Diddley's "Ride on Josephine". Of course, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything he may not be talking]] [[IntercourseWithYou about a car]]...
* ''Hillbilly Drummer Girl'' by Mono Puff
-->''Black behemoth Caddy, sleeping bag in back
-->Holes right through the floorboards, a rolling chicken shack''
* ''Sausalito Summernight'' by Diesel, about a roadtrip from hell, Los Angeles to San Francisco in a craptacular Rambler
-->The engine's thumpin' like a disco
-->We oughtta dump 'er in the bay
* Then of course, there's "Music To Drive-By," [[http://dualplover.com/akombi.php an album]] credited to one such car. Lucas Abela gunned the engine on his aging Kombi and recorded the myriad sounds it made.
* The second verse of "Slip Away" by Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica is about one, but probably not the CoolCar that's the subject of "Mach 5".
-->I had a car.\\
The color was blue.\\
It kept breaking down.\\
So, what could I do?\\\
I put an ad in the paper.\\
Yeah, I called it a steal.\\
This guy came to see it.\\
And we struck a deal.
* The old van that used to belong to Music/RiversOfNihil was notoriously shitty even by metal standards, where busted rattletrap vans that still somehow work are the norm. Adam Biggs walked one interviewer through many of the quirks: the driver's side door was effectively unusable because it would not shut unless one put all of their body weight into slamming it (which means that they had to enter through the passenger's side and climb over the seat to get to the driver's seat), the back door needed to be held up while holding the lock to get the lock to engage, the AC wouldn't turn on while the cruise control was engaged, the speedometer and gas gauge both jumped all over the place at random intervals, the oil pressure light was on constantly because the sensor was busted (the oil pressure was actually fine at the time of the interview as per Biggs), there was no left audio channel, the passenger side mirror was prone to swinging inwards when the door was closed, closing the glovebox made the audio exceedingly quiet until one manually pressed the tape in the cassette deck down, and finally, the rear heat did not work, only the AC. It was quite the spectacle, but they got a much better van and presumably sold the old one for whatever they could get for it in scrap value.
* In Music/OysteinSunde's "Engelsk bil" ("English Car"), the narrator sings about the terrible cars he's owned:
** His first English car was a Vauxhall Victor. He got tired of pushing it and bought a Saab.
** The Saab coughed and struggled all the time, and only had enough boot space for a hat.
** His Citroën rusted, trundled, leaked a lot and forced him to buy a bag full of uncommon tools.
** His Italian car could actually achieve a high RPM, but didn't last long.
** His second English car was a Hillman. He could ''hear'' it rust, the engine refused to work, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the windscreen wiper didn't work either]].
** The De Soto was shiny and had a large engine, but ran out of fuel after driving a mere 100 metres.
** He currently has an unknown English car, which is no better than the others. The key snaps when he starts it, and he can't drive more than a mile before it stops. He also mentions that it sinks when he drives into a river - a pretty common problem for cars, but its inclusion suggests that he knows it from experience and that it happened because the car has horrible handling.

* The Dude's Torino from Dutch Pinball's ''Pinball/TheBigLebowski,'' which includes rust stains, a broken headlight and a front bumper tied to the hood with rope. To add insult to injury, it doubles as a "bash toy" that the player hits to score points.

* [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny's]] Maxwell.
* ''TheGoonShow'' featured Henery Crun and Minnie Bannister at one point driving a vehicle that makes The Alleged Car look positively [[Film/JamesBond Bondworthy]]. Suffice to say, it's seen going at three miles an hour, and the wick in the engine goes out. Though given that, at various times, characters in the Goons drove pianos, brick walls, barrel organs and steam-driven rockets, an actual ''car'', no matter what its condition, would have been fairly mundane.
* [[CarTalk Click and Clack]] deal with these a lot, including infamously Tom's Dodge Dart, which he appeared as in the Pixar movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
* On his radio show, Jim Rome often tells the story of his Merkur [=XR4TI=], which he calls "the worst car ever". (As an inside joke, Jim calls his production crew "the [=XR4TI=] Crew").
* ''AmosAndAndy'''s taxicab, forming the fleet for the Fresh Air Taxicab Company of America, Inc.
* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', GERTI, the sole airplane of MJN Air, is an Alleged Aeroplane. Her systems regularly break down. Parts fall off of her. She's perpetually on the verge of breaking down permanently and putting MJN out of business.
-->'''Douglas Richardson:''' Most people have to stop and think before saying, "Aeroplane."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/AdeptusEvangelion'', this can be the Player's [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]] if the player rolls poorly. It can be made by the lowest bidder or held together by duct tape (they're on the same table so it can't be both), have pressurized blood that squirts everywhere, lose bolts in battle that destroy nearby buildings, have a fractured mind, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking be colored Neon Green.]]
* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech''
** The Hetzer Wheeled Assault Gun is an alleged ''[[TankGoodness tank]]''. Among its "virtues" are a fairly slow wheeled chassis that prevents it from traversing many types of terrain compounded by lack of a turret for its only weapon, a battery weak enough that its engine needs to keep running nonstop to keep it charged, and a tendency to reach the customer not quite fully assembled at times. (If you're lucky, somebody thought to include the bolts to fix the last components in place.) Thank you, [[HonestJohnsDealership Quickcell Armories]]. It arguably ''is'' one of the cheapest ways available to field an [[{{BFG}} AC/20]], but between its flaws and the fact that its big gun makes it an obvious fire magnet it's no surprise that many of its crews consider it a rolling coffin in-universe. Compare it to the [[TheDreaded Demolisher]] and you'll see why the latter excels in every possible way at the expense of the former. All that said, it is not unreasonable when you consider that the Hetzer is a real-life ''World War II'' era design.
** There exists the occasional Alleged HumongousMecha as well. Some Battlemechs are just not ready for prime time and have developed a reputation for being trouble to their own forces and perhaps a punchline as well. Most out-and-out losers quickly go extinct on their own, but then there's strangely long-lived problem children like the ''Assassin,'' a 40-ton 'Mech with a reputation for both lousy armor and missile launchers that tended to break down at the worst possible time... which was doubly bad because the bulk of its fighting weight ''was'' its missile launchers. Or perhaps you could think of the ''Daboku'', precursor to the production-grade ''Mauler'' that was a massive FlawedPrototype. It was slow. It was absurdly lightly armored. Its weapons were low-powered for its weight. It overheated at the slightest provocation. Finally, it had an annoying tendency to eject its pilot when struck even by the mildest of torso hits (though this was probably for the best). Another Alleged [=BattleMech=] was the ''Matar'', a 110-ton superheavy Mech designed during the Amaris Civil War as a machine intended to withstand an entire [=BattleMech=] company assault. It was quickly reduced to a fiasco and thus became known as "Amaris' Folly" when the leg actuators shut down during powered movement because of the extreme stresses it took for each of the actuators to undergo; the project was scrapped and Amaris' faction eventually lost the war when they could not find new ideas to overcome Aleksandr Kerensky's forces.
** The optional "Design Quirks" rules introduced in the ''Strategic Operations'' rule book adds a number of negative quirks to combat assets due to poor quality standards or designs, such as "Poor Workmanship" (more easily destroyed by a CriticalHit), "Poor sealing" (requires piloting checks to ensure the cockpit remains hermetically sealed), among a host of others like [[ATeamFiring poor targeting computers]] and sensor suites.
* ''TabletopGame/ChezGeek'' from Steve Jackson Games includes, as one of the things you can spend your money on, a card representing "Harold the Hoopty Car". It's worth a lot of Slack (points), but it's very expensive, reduces your effective Income for each turn by 1, and every turn it has a one-in-six chance of breaking down beyond repair.
* In the unlikely event that a vehicle from ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' (especially one from [[MadScientist R&D]]) isn't one of these to begin with, then carrying around a handful of mildly unhinged T-shooters with secret society missions to waste each other will probably seriously damage the systems before long. The second edition sample adventure, for example, featured a six-legged SpiderTank submarine built by taking a ''van'' and bolting on legs; the bot brain is going senile, and there's a bewildering array of unlabeled and/or mixed-up controls and gauges (pushing down the gas pedal fires a torpedo, for example, and some of the levers snap off as soon as you try to pull them, and as usual the operating manual is above your security clearance).
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': anything the Orks build or salvage will be the alleged buggy, but thanks to the crude-but-effective nature of Ork tech [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve combined with the fact]] that [[XtremeKoolLetterz red wunz go fasta]] means that they're surprisingly serviceable.
** Even among the Orks, however, the Looted Wagon is notoriously unreliable.
** The Eldar Wave Serpent had this problem for a long time in actual gameplay, since it combined relatively poor stats with a complete lack of any official model. Since the rules intended it to be the Eldar's primary troop transport, Eldar players used it anyway. Some of the custom figures made to represent it were awesome, others not so much.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
** The Smoogo Minima, from ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', is the cheapest car in the game, and a parody of this trope. Sims even have trouble closing the (apparently poorly fitted) door! Notably, it merely ''looks'' the part; other than the door and the way it impacts Sims' stats, it runs just the same as any other Sim-car.
** ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' continues the tradition of having various cars of various expense available for purchase. Notably, the less expensive cars are indeed more likely to breakdown, meaning you might be late for work or school or whatever you're trying to get to, and you ''will'' get a negative moodlet.
* Some of the cars in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' qualify. They look ugly, and are painfully slow.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' a few of the cars come in a 'beater' variant which is in horrible condition, with rusty bodywork, oxidized paint, missing panels and inferior performance (also, they backfire constantly). [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091126181009/gtawiki/images/6/63/Vigero-GTA4-beater1-front.jpg This one is a perfect example]], and yes, that is duct-tape holding one of the windows in. And some of them even have alarms.
** The rusty beater cars in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' often even have trouble starting.
** Beater cars such as the Tampa were introduced to the series in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', with the sole intention of being customized by the player (also a new addition to the series.) [[MagikarpPower These cars specifically were designed to allow for the maximum number of modifications and thus became the best cars in the game.]]
** There's also beater Glendales and Sadlers found in ''San Andreas'' in the woods that can't be fixed due to them actually being separate, pre-damaged models internally named GLENSHIT and SADLSHIT respectively.
* In ''TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', most vehicles which get destroyed are reduced to their frames, Buford T. Justice-style. They are still drivable, but have horrible acceleration, very low top speed, and terrible handling.
* ''[[VideoGame/GranTurismo Gran Turismo 4]]'' has many useless (from the game's viewpoint, that is) historic cars, including the Daimler Motor Carriage (1 HP!), Ford Model T, Daihatsu Midget I, Fiat 500F/R, Subaru 360, 1948 VW Beetle, 1954 Corvette, etc.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Forza}} Forza Motorsport 4]]'' has a couple famous Alleged Cars, like the [[EveryCarIsAPinto Ford Pinto]], the Chevrolet Corvair - famous for wrapping itself around trees due to massive oversteer tendencies, the Datsun 510, the Saab 99 Turbo, and the Mustang King Cobra. They all function fine, though they are ''painfully'' slow when stock - though some are [[LethalJokeCharacter absurdly fast]] once upgraded with more modern parts.
** The third game also had a number of alleged cars, including the Fiat 131 Abarth, the aforementioned Datsun 510, the 1969 Toyota 2000GT, the Porsche 914/6, the Lotus Elan Sprint, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', all three Transylvania zones feature two brands of cars: FSO Polonez and Trabant. Both remnants of bygone years that the region spent behind the Iron Curtain. They frequently appear rusted and cannibalised from parts of other cars of their brand. A sighting of a car different than these two is so rare, it only happens once or twice per zone.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' has a {{rail shooter}} sequence where you ride in an alleged car through the French countryside while Germans in similarly shoddy cars chase after you.
* The entire point of ''VideoGame/BadPiggies'' is to build vehicular contraptions that will transport your pig across the screen. Even if you survive the trip, your vehicle often will not.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Bounty Hunter's personal starship is a D-5 Mantis, which they were required to steal during the Great Hunt. Despite supposedly being a rare and top-of-the-line vessel, their one has definitely seen a lot of better days and it's status as something of a rustbucket is lampshaded on several occasions.
** When Torian joins and comments on the Mantis' poor condition, a sentiment that [[GirlFriday Mako]] agrees with, the Bounty Hunter has the option to appear mildly insulted, revealing this was ''after'' they'd spent considerable time and money fixing the ship up off-screen.
* The T'liss Romulan Light Warbird of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' is this in spades. The thing was the mayor's personal Warbird during his younger days (younger days meaning ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' young) and when you're rescued during combat, the rescuer is shocked that the ship hasn't fallen apart around your ears and personally calls your Singularity Drive an antique!
* ''Videogame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' runs the gamut of alleged vehicles; rocket ships, planes, cars, with their allegedness being augmented or removed by the DesignItYourselfEquipment. Rocket ships run into the obvious issue of exploding right after takeoff or with players forgetting to pack parachutes for the landing; in fact, there's a GameMod specific built to prevent this with pre-mission checklists. {{Cool Plane}}s frequently clip their jet engines off during takeoff if the player sets the landing gear too far forward. Rover wheels will catastrophically explode if run too fast, causing the vehicle to frequently roll wildly out of control.
* The main character's buddy's car in ''Showtime at the Gallows''.
-->Hell on four wheels would be a better title for Steve's car, but of course Hell can't be nearly as disorderly. It certainly has the heat of a nightmarish inferno, but with all the junk scattered all over the floors, you're afraid the underworld wins in the neatness department. The decrepit state of the 'inferno' is intensified by a roaring noise that comes from the back of the car. Seemingly all the makings of purgatory...to go.
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' has some delightful wrecks, such as the Corino LX Junker ("Junker" is actually part of its name). These vehicles are covered in rust, often have old furniture strapped to the roof, blow thick black smoke when accelerating (if you could call it that), and have a wobbling back wheel. [[DamnedByFaintPraise At least their top speed is better than walking]]... unless it has undergone serious damage, in which case walking is actually ''faster''.
* ''VideoGame/BeamNG'' has 3 alleged cars: the Ibishu Pigeon, a Reliant Robin/Piaggio Ape {{Expy}}, the stanced Ibishu Pessima, which is essentially a 90s sedan with no shock absorbers and the basic engine and the beater Ibishu Covet, which is a dirty 80s hatchback that constantly overheats, has blown struts [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and trim pieces from several trim levels.]]
* The (at this moment of writing Early Access) videogame ''[[http://www.excalibur-publishing.com/products/jalopy-early-access-pre-order Jalopy]]'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: you (the player) and your character's uncle embark through a RoadTripPlot through post-Glasnost Eastern Europe, riding a two-stroke car (an {{Expy}} of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant the Trabant]] called the "Laika") that takes ''twenty-two seconds'' to go from 0 to 60 and ''will'' see high maintenance through the journey (although exactly how high, though, will depend on the player's choices).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The Murakami family's van in ''VisualNovel/KiraKira''. The main characters have a lot of trouble with it, and predictably, it breaks down completely when they're already in the middle of their DarkestHour.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* 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. As he said at the end of the episode:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' And that was our road trip. Or, more accurately our car trip, since we didn't go on any roads. Or, even more accurately, our car, since we didn't go on any trips either.
::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''.
* The Weaselmobile in ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', also known as Weas's mom's station wagon, tops out at, not five, but seven miles per hour.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'', the Machito is one of these, until the Emperor has it upgraded.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', the Savage Chicken starts out as an Alleged Spaceship. Florence actually manages to make it spaceworthy. How terrible is it? Well, let's let [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00298.htm the spaceport air traffic controllers explain]]:
-->"Why aren't we shooting at them?"\\
"Budget interlock. The computer recognizes Sam and won't let us shoot a missile that's worth more than the predicted value of his ship."\\
"So what are we supposed to do? Take him down with rubber bands and paper clips?"\\
"Still too expensive. The computer will only authorize up to spitwads."
:: Sam and Helix did manage to get it off the ground by themselves, an act they're very proud of. Unfortunately, the parade committee forced them to return the balloons shortly thereafter.
* Lovingly nicknamed "Ratmobile" in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' seems to be this... but luckily, they end up with better one, called "Catmobile" by fans. Good, because Ratmobile fell apart when they walked past it.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', one strip involves Agatha receiving [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050328 a...rather poorly maintained]] walking house.
* Eric Remington's, as seen in [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/200 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'': Owen doesn't think too highly of the Buggy, but it's Aatu's vehicle of choice. [[FreeRangeChildren But, as a bunch of 13 year olds,]] they're lucky to have a car at all.
* In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'', Esther de Groot drives [[http://www.scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20080916 a car like this]].
--> '''Esther:''' "I have a surprise for you," says my dad. "You know [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetle that car Hitler liked so much]]? I made you one out of rust."
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has the [[AllThereInTheManual CC Pomatus]], CK's ship which [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/03/01/stuff-a-mouse-in-it/ has an "engine" instead of an engine room]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/03/08/transporter-problems/ a faulty transorporter]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/03/29/i-hate-the-living/ a snarky, uncooperative AI]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/03/07/a-little-crazy-2/ and an armory five decks below the main gun]].
* 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.)''
* Webcomic/TheSchetchPad has quite a few of these, including Finn's own 50-year-old Volkwagon.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'', Mike's car, the Beast, runs. Most of the time. Beyond that, there's not much one can say for it.
* In [[http://gaius0artemis.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4lwgxe Night Hunters]], the Chevrolet Impala starts off this way, until[[spoiler: it's crushed and repaired]]
* ''WebVideo/ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee'':
** The [=DeLorean=] lives up (down?) to its reputation when Creator/JerrySeinfeld picks up Creator/PattonOswalt and it becomes the first car in the series to break down.
** The second car to break down on the series was the Siata 8V he uses to pick up Creator/SteveMartin. Before he even gets going, he tries out the controls and breaks the turn signal off.
* While not technically a car, the homemade plane built in ''Webvideo/EndlessSaturdays'' certainly fits. It's constructed from a red wagon, has cardboard wings, and uses an exploding propane tank as a source of propulsion.
* {{WebVideo/Roadkill}} is built around this trope. They take an old beater of a car and take it on some grand adventure. There are far too many to list. Some notable examples:
** The "Draguar" that had to be given a car wash every few miles to prevent it from overheating.
** The Datsun 240Z that puked oil all over the track, broke frequently, and almost got them bounced from their event for being a general hazard.
** And the 1975 Corvette with no windshield, gutted interior, and brakes so bad, they did a slow down slide around on a stop sign and got pulled over.
** ''General Mayhem'', a Charger (well, some of it is) with a motorhome engine (later replaced by a Hellcat engine) and some parts out of a wreck that died on them at the "24 Hours of Lemons" event (a whole racing competition specifically for Alleged Cars!) and some improvised bits. Authorities refused to register it.
** The Gremlin project car was not in good shape when it raced against a Prius, but the Prius lost hands-down by rolling to a halt after emitting "[[Literature/DirkGently A Suffusion Of Yellow]]" halfway around the first lap. It had blown the engine block open, so they took it out into the desert to be crushed under a Chieftan MBT. They still have the Gremlin.
** Episode 5 featured a challenge to see who could get the most attention for the money on their way out to a cover shoot out of town, the two contenders being a new rental Lamborghini and a Model A rat rod borrowed from Sailor Jerry, with an overwhelming gender divide - all males they encountered wanted the Italian supercar while all females encountered wanted the rat rod - after getting the thing to stop doing its Old Faithful act, whilst dealing with its lack of instrumentation (it stopped, so obviously you're out of fuel) lack of comfort (you pull the door shut with string tied to the door's inner structure, as it has no interior lining) and low ground clearance (the first thing it does upon leaving the Motor Trend carpark is delay their breakfast out by over an hour, byh running aground on the kerb interface and resisting all attempts to budge it for over 45 minutes).
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TjUkuLcOYc&list=PL908E4ACDCA9F0E8C#t=564 one episode]] of ''WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside'', Cammy says that you could make Duncan's car break down by giving it a "quite hard dick slap."
* ''WebVideo/RegularCarReviews'': Mr. Regular's 2007 Honda Fit, "Silicone Sally". It's got 110,000 miles on it, it's not as powerful or fast as the car it replaced, and it's filled with enough silicone leak sealant to eliminate any resale value.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Crazy Vaclav, whose cars are prone to breaking down, and were made in countries that no longer exist. But they can go a dozen hectares on a single can of kerosene. ([[RuleOfFunny And for those of you playing at home]], [[UnitConfusion a hectare is a unit of area, not length]])
*** Makes sense if that is the amount of farmland the car can plow or seed on a given amount of fuel.
*** BilingualBonus for those who noticed when Homer was instructed to [[TheBackwardsR put it in "H"]] to start it, ''H'' is the [[UsefulNotes/CyrillicAlphabet Cyrillic]] equivalent of the Roman N, for Neutral.
** Comic Book Guy's car, a "Kremlin", isn't much better. As he brags in the game ''TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'': "I cannot drive 55 because my car only goes to 38!" If you have the speedometer turned on while driving as him that's clearly not the case... but still.
** Elderly ButtMonkey Hans Moleman has an AMC Gremlin that blew up when he stopped the car mere inches from being smashed into a tree.
** Bart stole the engine from Skinner's car by tying it up to helium balloons. To which Skinner replies "That's a rebuilt Yugoslavian engine; there isn't even a Yugoslavia anymore! Bring it back at once!"
** Homer's regular car (which Homer [[NegativeContinuity once says it was made in Guatemala and other times a GM]], but his mechanic states it was manufactured in Croatia from recycled Soviet tanks) does its job, but breaks up quite often (mostly because of [[DrivesLikeCrazy who drives it]]).
** Ned Flanders' Geo.
--->'''Maude:''' Come on, Ned, Move this thing!\\
'''Ned:''' [[TakeThat I CAN'T! IT'S A GEO!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** There's this jewel:
--->'''Fry:''' I've never seen a supernova blow up, but if it's anything like my old Chevy Nova, it'll light up the night sky!
** Also in "Bendin' in the Wind" Fry finds an old VW dug up van with corpses in it.
--->'''Fry:''' Hey, Mister? Mind if I take this old van?\\
'''Surly Man:''' Sure. You wanna dump the corpses out of theres, it's yourses.\\
'''Fry:''' Yeah yeah, I've gotten used cars before.
** Another episode features a "1992 La Toura", some vague French car, as a running gag (oddly enough, modeled on a 1975 AMC Pacer) which barely works (justifiable in being a thousand years old).
** The Planet Express ship [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags this trope]]. The characters make several comments on how poorly designed and ugly it is (the Professor even claiming that it's been known to fall apart just sitting in the hanger), the reactor is held together by tape, and up until the third movie it is quite literally fuelled by ''shit'' (well, dark matter, but since that's Nibbler's faeces...). But on the other hand, it can take a ludicrous amount of punishment from just about anything, and still fly, even when ''Fry'' is the one at the wheel.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': The Roth SL Coupe (a.k.a. "the Sloth") Kim's father gives her in the episode "Car Alarm"... before the tweebs [[CoolCar soup it up]]. Ron's scooter definitely qualifies as The Alleged Motorcycle.
-->'''Wade:''' In the meantime, you can work on your... um...\\
'''Kim:''' ''Car''. It's called a car, Wade.\\
'''Wade:''' Uh... technically, I'm not so sure.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', almost every car that doesn't belong to Daria's family is one of these.
** Tom's [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]]. Eventually, his mother has this car hauled away in the middle of the night. He replaces it with another, which Daria describes as something you'd want to get a tetanus shot before handling.
** [[FakeBand Mystik Spiral's]] affectionately named "Tank". It "was a van at one point", but breaks down so frequently that Jane has memorized the exact number of seconds you need to wait to hit its dashboard to make it go again.
** Trent's Plymouth Satellite. It overheats constantly, and Jane sarcastically refers to it as "an adventure on wheels."
--->'''Daria:''' What about your car?\\
'''Trent:''' It'll be here in the morning. No-one ever steals it; not sure why.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', Jim knows Andy hates the Bilgemobile.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "Lemon Aid," Jon wins one of these in a contest and foolishly sold away his own car before seeing it.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' has a CoolCar or two but mostly ridiculous cars, including one made of ''scrap wood'', one of discarded tank parts, and another that's apparently a mobile moonshine sill...
** TheCape drives a car that looks cool, but has a tendency to fall apart every episode.
** Mumbly, a clone of ''WackyRaces'''s Muttley, is a parody of ''Columbo'' right down to the car which fell apart into a pile whenever he parked it.
** ''The Bullerproof 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has Henchman #24's powder blue Nissan Stanza.
* The five-part ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' that introduces Gizmoduck sees Scrooge and Launchpad acquire an alleged ''spaceship''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', nine times out of ten, the reason for Dan seeking revenge is due to something happening to his car, which is probably how it got to be in the condition it's in. People tend to assume it's been abandoned, and when it was accidentally donated to the Salvation Armed Forces, the volunteer responsible told him, "In my defense, no-one would want to keep a vehicle like that."
-->'''Salvation Armed Forces Employee:''' We only received one car donation today, and it was not in driveable condition.\\
'''Dan:''' Yes! That's the one!
* Stanley Ipkiss's indiscriminate-model clunker, complete with a portable driver's side door, from ''WesternAnimation/TheMask''. (It's based on "The Loaner" from the movie - and the lack of door serves as a CallBack to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiLCEBdLSmo the scene where it breaks down]].)
* On ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Bob's car ''never'' works properly. He describes it as a classic, but it's a recurring gag that the thing never runs -- not even when a virus is about to infect Bob and company and turn them to stone (they have to resort to PercussiveMaintenance to get it going again).
* The ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series feature several alleged vehicles, though only one of them is a car:
** The Lame-o-sine, complete with an obnoxious set of bull horns on the front.
** The Boat of Losers, though it was probably in the best of shape compared to the other alleged vehicles.
** The single prop plane in ''Island'' and the Total Drama Jumbo Jet are certainly less than airworthy, with the former's wings falling off after one flight & the latter's front-end falling off in the ''Action'' special.
** The contestant-built bikes in "That's Off the Chain" were built from scrap materials. Some held together while others fell apart or [[StuffBlowingUp blew up]].
* ''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 resiliant and had a lot of HammerSpace in the rear.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3TH-winxzU "The Spinach Roadster"]] with Popeye's car. While it's rather dingy and shabby, and is also hard to start up, it's remarkably durable, able to squeeze through a rocky path with little trouble. The only reason it actually breaks down is due to deliberate sabotage by Bluto. Popeye simply rebuilds it to be powered by spinach, whereupon it gets SuperSpeed and the ability to survive being hit by a train.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': The short ''Blue Cat Blues'' (yes, the infamous short that ends with the title characters [[spoiler: committing suicide by sitting on a railroad track]]) has Tom buying a car reminiscent of a Ford model T from a used car dealer, complete with a bulb reed horn and malfunctioning engine. It soon gets run over and squashed flat by the AbsurdlyLongLimousine being driven by his rival.
* A variant in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Granny Smith refers to the Apples' wagon as a jalopy long after its wheels have broken off in "Pinkie Apple Pie". They cobble the pieces together into a raft, which survives a plunge down a waterfall only to fall apart when Pinkie Pie gently touches down on it, then build a sledge from the remains to drag their surviving luggage for the rest of the trip.
->''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBs2OQeogDo Kaputt/Kaputt/Das Auto ist kaputt]]...''