This publication explains how to vandalize a car and get away with it. If you asked the average person to advise you, they would say, “Don’t do it.” This article does not also encourage any act of vandalism but reveals possible ways to get it done and not get caught.
You want to be sure you have good reasons to vandalize the vehicle. Understand also that car vandalism is a crime. Lastly, get your timing right. This act of revenge and vandalism is best done in the dark or at night.
How to vandalize a car and get away with it
This section suggests the ways you can vandalize a vehicle and get away with it. Make sure to avoid the dashcam.
Purchase bologna and apply it all over the car. Bologna will eat the car paint once the sun gets to it, so the car owner will need a new paint job.
Even without the sun, when bologna is left exposed for a long time, the preservatives will dissolve the paint, causing a polka dot-covered car.
You could simply smash the vehicle as much as you can but not enough to have it totaled.
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Rip off the windshield wipers, and side mirrors, and smash the headlights and taillights. These components are all pretty expensive to replace.
Smash the windows after you have attacked other parts of the vehicle. A big rock or brick will easily smash the windows. Do not also abandon the tool you use to vandalize the car to protect your identity from a possible fingerprint check through forensics.
Destroy or remove the license plate
Tear out the license plate. You need additional force to tear it quickly. Unscrewing the plates will take longer.
Target the rear license plate, it is more important than the front. Some states do not even mandate using a front license plate.
The process of replacing a stolen license plate takes days and your victim gets to pay for the replacement.
Apply rubber cement glue to the keyholes
You could always put rubber cement, a drying adhesive, in the keyholes. Rubber cement is made from elastic polymers that are mixed in a solvent such as acetone, hexane, heptane, or toluene, keeping them fluid enough for use.
When the solvents in the rubber cement quickly evaporate, the rubber solidifies and forms a strong yet flexible bond that prevents the car owner from inserting the car key.
Remove the catalytic converter
You could have the catalytic converter stolen within seconds. Cat converters are worth hundreds of dollars to a scrap yard for the precious metals they contain. The owner of the car may not even know that the catalytic converter has been removed, except they are attentive to the sound of the car.
Here is a video about removing a catalytic converter in 30 seconds:
Keying is a common way to vandalize someone’s car, and perhaps, the fastest way to vandalize a car.
You can key a car at any time and anywhere without anyone even noticing and get away with it.
Merely running a key along the side of a vehicle can cause massive damage. A deeper scratch requires thorough repair at an auto body shop to protect the body of the car.
Slashing the tires of a car does not only cost money but also stops the car owner from driving without replacing them. If you slash more than one tire, the spare in the trunk is not enough for the owner.
A big gash on the tires renders it immediately flat and is useless to drive on. This can happen pretty fast with a knife.
Put a tampon in the gas tank
A tampon in the gas tank of the person’s car will absorb quite an amount of fuel. When it expands in size, it can clog the fuel lines, causing the engine to starve of fuel and stall.
Tampons absorb lots of liquid, so the same happens to fuel, even with a single tampon in it.
A pebble in the tire nozzle
You can put a pebble in the tire nozzle to drain the air out. If the owner of the car continues to drive on, the rims and tires will get wrecked.
Penalties for car vandalism
If you are caught vandalizing someone’s car, you are in for a mess, especially if the car owner has proof you are the vandal.
The penalties also depend on your state. In some states, it is categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony. Below are common penalties for car vandalism:
- Jail term. You can be jailed from a few days to several years, depending on the amount of damage done. The penalty could also increase if you have a previous criminal record.
- Fines. Depending on your state and damage done, you could be fined from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Vandal fines are typically paid directly to the court and not the owner of the car.
- Restitution. You may be mandated to pay a certain amount of money to the owner of the vandalized car. This amount is different from the fine you are ordered to pay by the court. The amount is typically enough to cover the vehicle damages.
- Community service. You can be ordered to perform community service, serve several hours in a volunteer organization, or do other community services as a condition of your probation. Your jail sentence and original fines can be reinforced if you fail to perform community service.
- Probation. You can be sentenced to probation in place of or in addition to the jail sentence. Violating the rules or conditions within the probation may have you serving the original jail sentence.
Think deeply before your move to vandalize another person’s car. Vehicle vandalism is as bad as it gets and the owner would literally want you near death.