->''"He tosses his keys to a random old black guy sitting on the sidewalk. The man is outraged, and in Wolfman Jack's voice yells, 'What do I look like, a valet?' How dare you, sir? How dare you mistake me, a guy with nothing better to do than sit on the sidewalk in the middle of the night, for a lowly valet? But there's no racial stereotyping going on here. Dalton tells the man, 'Keep it. It's yours.' The man looks at the keys, and with a brief grunt heads over to his new ride. And we all know you don't need anything else to assume ownership of a car, like, say, the car's title or any other sort of paperwork. That's Dalton for you; He just passes along his worldly possessions like it's his [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock katra]]."''
-->-- '''Website/TheAgonyBooth's''' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Road_House_1989.aspx recap]] of ''Film/RoadHouse''

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

Contrast HeroStoleMyBike, where the hero needs a vehicle, and thus ''takes'' it from the first guy he sees. See also UndeadTaxExemption, for a different "no paperwork needed" trope.



* In the ''Fanfic/TSCCReunion'', Sarah Connor leaves a vehicle she has just used in an area where there are some gangsters hanging around, with the keys there to let it get stolen after she has wiped it down. [[spoiler:They don't, Cameron takes it first.]]

* In ''Film/RoadHouse'', when Dalton is leaving, he gives the keys to his old car to a nearby bum, as humorously described by Website/TheAgonyBooth in the page quote.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', when Kirk is leaving for Starfleet Academy, he hands his motorcycle over to one of the construction workers at the dock:
-->'''Construction Worker:''' Nice bike.
-->'''Kirk:''' (''tossing the keys'') It's yours.
* The Studebaker in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' gets traded in with relative ease.
* In ''Film/TommyBoy'', when Tommy and Richard go to the airport, they drive up to the main entrance, where a guard tells them they aren't allowed to park there, prompting Richard to say "Uh, keep it!" ([[TheAllegedCar the car was basically falling apart at this point]]).
* Michael ditches a truck outside an airport in ''Film/OverTheTop''. In the Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} commentary for the movie, Mike Nelson helpfully informs listeners that "You can't park there/You keep it" exchanges are legally binding contracts in over 15 states.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanPop'', Tony takes his family's car as far away from New York as he can. Once he gets to California, he leaves it to the many hitchhikers he picked up along the way--then, at the last second, he tells them it's stolen, scaring most of them away.
* At the end of ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', Big Enos gives Bo the keys to his convertible, leaving him with an even dozen.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Stripes}}''. When John and Russell arrive at the Army recruiting center, they park in front of a Morguelan Walsh storefront:
-->'''Street Guy:''' You can't park that car here!
-->'''Russell:''' We're not parking it - we're abandoning it.
* At the start of ''Film/PayItForward'', Chris (the reporter) witnesses a hostage situation at a house. The guy doing the hostage escapes from the house, crashing into Chris' car as he leaves. A guy then gives Chris his car as part of the 'pay it forward' cycle.

* In the end of the first ''Literature/MollyMoon'' book, Molly does give away her car to a somewhat randomly chosen man. However, she also gives away the documentation of the ownership, telling the man to simply sign the papers, and then the car will be his.
* At the beginning of the first ''Literature/JackBlank'' book, Jazen Knight drives his luxury car to a marina. A parking cop says he can't park there. Jazen tells the parking cop that he can park the car wherever he wants because the car now belongs to him.
* In Hunter S. Thompson's ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' the book opens with Thompson and his attorney picking up a hitch-hiker as they drive to Las Vegas in a brand-new fireapple-red convertible. The kid's never ridden in a convertible before, and Thompson considers just giving it to him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry gets rid of a car infected with unbelievable B.O. by driving it to a bad neighborhood and leaving it with the keys in front of a shady-looking guy. The guy steals it immediately... and regrets it just as quickly.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Life}}'', Charlie decides that his luxury car is too obvious (there are criminals looking for him) so he offers to exchange cars with someone driving an old beater who stops next to him at the traffic lights. Once the other guy realises Charlie is serious, he happily makes the trade.
* On ''Series/NightCourt'', in the episode where Bull believed God spoke to him and told him to give away all he has. He gave his car to a woman, but unlike many examples here, he is actually shown giving her the registration.
* The ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' crew do it in "Big Daddy Calling", swapping their Cadillac for an old beat-up pickup truck as they flee Las Vegas.
* In the ''Series/TopGear'' American special, when the guys arrive in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], a year after Katrina, they were supposed to sell their cars for whatever they could get for them. They instead decide to give the cars away, after seeing the condition the city is in. Subverted in that they couldn't find anyone who would take the cars.
** Jeremy and Richard could, but James couldn't. And a lawyer threatened to sue for misrepresentation over Jeremy's car's model year.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', the Salamanca cousins give away a car they had been using to a family in exchange for some of their clothes. They could've just taken the clothes, but they apparently didn't need the car anymore.
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'': In [[Recap/ThunderbirdsS1E15CityOfFire "City of Fire"]], one of the guys overseeing the rescue gives Scott his car when he has to go to Thunderbird 2 to pick up the Mole. (He ''probably'' got it back afterwards.)
* In ''Series/AlienNation'', Detective Sykes and Albert, the squad's AlmightyJanitor, both bought lottery tickets in one episode. Sykes announced that he would use the winnings to buy a fancy sports car, while Albert admited that he would want to plant trees around the city. Albert ended up winning the lottery, and bought Sykes a sports car because he wanted to see Sykes happy. After realizing that the upkeep on the car would cost more than he could afford on a detective's salary, Sykes finally sold the car and used the money to buy trees for Albert to plant.
* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' episode "Who Rules the Land of Denial", Paul Marrane lets Nikki have his green beetle under the condition she delivered a message "to the wicked".

* Happens in the music video of Music/{{Stratovarius}}' "Hunting High and Low", where the protagonist gives his car to a pair of hobos, as part of spiritual liberation from his former life.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A lot of [[TheAllegedCar Trabants]] were just given away shortly after the reunification of Germany.
* In 2004, Oprah gave away cars to members of her studio audience. She did not pay the taxes on them, as befits this trope, and since this is real life the recipients were stuck with huge tax bills. In a later giveaway in 2010 she promised to pay the taxes, though there were questions about how accurate the amount was.
* Recommended once you finish the Mongol Rally. The Mongol Rally is where the racers attempted to follow the path of the Mongol invasion in the middle ages. Usually with TheAllegedCar. However exceptions are made for vehicles that Mongolia really needs. So they'll allow you to have a CoolCar on the expectation that you sell it the locals afterwards.