— As long as there have been cars, there have been car-borrowing mishaps. Returning a car to your parent, friend or significant other with a brand-new scratch is the stuff of nightmares, but for the not-so-scrupulous among us, that's where the artful cover-up comes in. The below tweets demonstrate that a little creativity goes a long way when covering up dings — and that there's no problem a well-placed bumper sticker can't fix.
We hope it goes without saying ... but we're gonna say it anyway: Don't try this at home, boys and girls.
Whether it's a Honda Odyssey or a Porsche 911, borrowing a car is a high-stakes situation, and the sinking feeling that comes with denting a car that doesn't belong to you is not one you're likely to forget. This Twitter user sums up the feeling:
i accidently scratched my dads car while pickup up my little brother so if i die tomorrow know that i love you all.— becca (@bxccakayx) July 17, 2017
Once the deed is done, consider your options. You can:
1) Try to fix the dent or scratch.
2) Cover it and pretend it didn't happen.
3) Come clean.
Running away and starting a new life in South America is also an option but not necessarily recommended (although we hear Machu Picchu is lovely this time of year).
There are products out there that get rid of small dings, but when you're in a bind, there's apparently a plunger method for dents, and home remedies like toothpaste and shoe polish for buffing out a scratch. Or, if the car is white, White-Out has been shown to do the (dirty) trick:
Saw a girl today painting the side of her white car with a bottle of white out to cover up a giant dent/scratches. It's good to have #dreams— Katelyn Clancy Ward (@Y2K8theGrrrrrr8) April 3, 2017
If the scratch or dent isn't going anywhere, it's time to get really creative. Hopefully, the owner's anger that you scratched their car will be placated by your endearing cover-up attempt.
Here are some examples of the classic bumper sticker cover-up:
When you gotta cover up a dent in your car— Matt (@maattnos) July 2, 2015
Best dent cover up I have seen— Ryan King (@ryan_kingg) June 16, 2015
Saw this in my parking lot. A different way to cover up a dent. #funny #Beaverton #pdx— Rob Turnbull (@turnbullr67) March 5, 2016
If you're artistically inclined, perhaps you might show the owner that you're really sorry with a hand-painted car mural. After all, every dent is an opportunity for artistic expression:
Look at my car! Eee. Last resort to cover up my horrible attempt at fixing the dent the normal way.— Bouchra Fadil (@bouchra_fadil) July 8, 2016
If all else fails, Mother Nature herself might just intervene on your behalf:
Thank god for rain to cover up these scratches and dent on my mom's car.— V$ (@vmonnney) November 19, 2015
If you opt instead to take the high road and choose to come clean instead of covering up, be sure to soften the blow with gifts and/or flattery. Even if you don't have a mishap, showing your gratitude to the car's owner by filling up the tank is always a good call.
My brother borrowed my car today, got a car wash, vacuumed the inside and filled it up with gas happy birthday week to me— Diana Hernandez (@dinodez21) July 1, 2017