In some shows, for whatever reason, the kids or even just total strangers who are acquaintances of the main character's child, or even both, decided to modify the parent's (usually the dad's) car with various decorations, whether it be a new paint job, or adding new items to the sides of the car. Problem is, they usually do so without the parent's permission, and the result is usually ghastly to the owner.
- In Lizzie McGuire, Matt was discovered to have artistic talent. The McGuires decide to not interfere with his gifts. Of course, by the end of the episode, they end up having to interfere after Matt ended up painting his dad's car with a lot of paint and other decorations, causing the parents (or rather, the mom, as the dad was too shocked and mortified at Matt's paint job of the car to even say much outside "That's my car...") to lecture Matt about limits as to what art he needs to express. The one plus side is that the paint job also obscured the dent when the dad accidentially smashed against a mailbox, although the dad's reaction indicated that he didn't care, and was still very upset with Matt for what happened to his car.