If you’ve ever had your vehicle vandalized, you already know what a pain it can be to deal with, not to mention the emotional trauma and stress that come along with it. Unfortunately, vandals have a habit of wreaking havoc wherever they are and on whatever happens to be in their path. As it just so happens, vehicles make for prime targets considering they can’t fight back.
When a vandal sets out to do some damage, no vehicle is safe. From six-figure supercars to hefty full-size trucks to compact hatchbacks, any car can become a target. In some cases, the owners may have “had it coming,” while in others, the vehicle was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
When vandals single out a vehicle, it can lead to an unfortunate entanglement with law enforcement, insurance companies, and other owners. Plenty of vehicles have been vandalized over the years, and there’s little hope these wrongdoers will have a change of heart and stop destroying other peoples’ property.
At the end of the day, cars and pickups are expensive. No one wants to be without their ride due to someone else’s anger, jealousy, or insecurity. After all, replacing a vehicle, or getting an insurance company to replace a vehicle, is a daunting task to say the least.
With that in mind, here are some vandalized cars and pickups that will tug at your heart strings and leave you thankful your car only has a couple dents and scratches.
20 Range Rover Evoque
There’s no doubt that parking illegally is deserving of a traffic ticket and hefty fine. Some businesses and authorities will have the vehicle towed, at the very worst. What one Russian Range Rover Evoque owner didn’t expect was to have his interior doused in paint.
When the owner returned to their vehicle, they found a note demanding they move the SUV or pay a fine of around $1,750. The note also included a wire transfer number, implying that this “fine” wasn’t a ticket issued by an official authority. According to DPCCars, the owner declined to pay the fine and left their SUV where it was. That’s when a vandal took matters into their own hands.
A day after ignoring the ransom note, the owner found their driver’s window broken, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. A quick glance proved horrific as the entirety of the black interior had been splattered with yellow paint. The bright yellow hue coated the both front seats as well as the center console and all of the controls.
There’s no confirmation on the repair cost, but it was likely more than the $1,750 demanded by the vandal. Whether the owner thought that the note was a prank or there wouldn’t be a consequence, they did learn one vital lesson that day: do not park illegally in Russia.
19 1942 Chevrolet Pickup
What’s worse than vandalizing a truck that doesn’t belong to you? How about vandalizing an award-winning classic truck that took a decade and thousands of dollars to restore? That’s exactly what happened to an 82-year-old man’s 1942 Chevrolet pickup in 2012.
According to Rod Authority, vandals went the extra mile to destroy the award-winning classic truck. Those responsible presumably broke into the garage with spray paint and some sort of green liquid.
Once inside, they broke the windows and marred the truck's red paint job with streaks of white spray paint. The vandals even went as far as putting spider web cracks in the windshield. Their final touch was to pour the green liquid over the engine.
It had taken the owner years to win an award for his prized classic truck. Once he took home his first prize, they just kept coming. A common sight at area car shows, the classic Chevrolet truck was a favorite among local enthusiasts.
The owner appears to be in good spirits though. Despite the damage, he and the truck attended a local car show with the hopes of finding solace with his fellow classic car fans. Not all hope is lost though. There’s always a chance a fellow car show attendee could have some information on who vandalized the truck.
18 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray
It’s a shame to see expensive sports cars ruined by those with no conscience. Unfortunately for one Alabama woman, vandals chose her 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray as their target. When the owner woke up one morning, she found her prized car had been destroyed.
Paint stripper can do amazing things, but not when it gets places it isn’t supposed to be, like on a brand new sports car. Vandals gave a hefty helping of the stripping gel to the woman’s Corvette, causing significant paint damage.
According to Corvette Blogger, the owner initially thought acid had done the damage. Another Corvette Stingray fan pointed out that the vandalism was more consistent with paint stripper.
The stripper was poured on the carbon fibre hood and into the air extraction vent. The driver’s side paint appears to have melted off the sports car. The rear got a generous amount as well, causing significant damage to the rear fascia and tail lights.
The owner took the car to the shop where it sat for a month. There’s no word on whether the owner paid the repair costs out of pocket or if her insurance company picked up the tab. Either way, there’s a $3,050 reward for information that leads to the vandals’ conviction, implying that the culprits haven’t been caught.
17 Ford Mustang
There’s no denying that we live in a divided political climate where peaceful protests can quickly become damaging riots. You could fill a book with all the vehicles vandalized and looted during riots. It just so happens that a silver Ford Mustang found itself in the path of an angry looter who took offense to one owner's political stance.
After spotting a political sticker on the muscle car, the vandals broke the windows and set it ablaze. Prior to that, the offender spray painted profanity onto the car’s silver paint job.
By the time the proper authorities responded to the fire, the Mustang was ruined inside and out. Much of the body had melted away and was simply damaged beyond repair. The interior, where the fire had started, was burnt to a crisp with no hope of restoration to its original form.
Look, not everyone is going to agree in politics, but burning other people’s vehicles based on their political stance isn’t going to get anyone anywhere. All it does is ruin some pretty sick cars and leave the owner dealing with an insurance company. That’s not to mention that setting cars ablaze is illegal to begin with…
Now that the politically-motived vandalism is out of the way, let’s move on.
16 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Chevrolet Corvettes have become a common target for jealous, insecure people, and this case is the perfect example of that. A 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible became the target of vandals who could only see red. The aftermath was so encompassing that the owner opted to sell the car through an insurance auction.
The Torch Red sports car fell victim to some pretty intense vandalism. Those responsible cut and tore through the convertible top and smashed the windows. Once they had enough of an opening, they dumped white paint into the interior and over the exterior.
No panel was left untouched and the vents were not spared. There’s even a paint lid stuck to the center of the windshield in the photo. The left headlamp and hood appear to have been smashed as well. According to Corvette Blogger, the convertible had just 7,485 miles on the odometer at the time the vandalism occurred.
Inside, white paint lingered on the race red seats and was splattered across the dashboard. There’s no telling what lasting damage the paint may have on the internal controls.
The owner, or insurance company, opted not to fix the damage, instead sending the car to auction. At the time of the sale, Copart, the auction website, indicated an estimated retail value of $86,505. The sports car was ultimately sold for a fraction of its value.
15 Ford Mustang Mach 1
It’s one thing to vandalized a car, but it’s another to destroy a classic 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1. That didn’t stop vandals, who went the extra mile and destroyed a handicapped boy’s favorite car. In summer 2017, the seven-year-old boy and his family discovered that their prized muscle car had been caught fire.
The Mustang Mach 1 had been restored by the boy’s grandfather who gave it to him as a gift. Anyone who has ever restored a car knows how much time, patience, effort, and money goes into such a large project. To the vandals, however, that didn’t matter one bit.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, vandals gained access to the car by popping open a small window vent and throwing fireworks inside. It wasn’t long after that the muscle car caught fire and burned in the family’s driveway.
The seven-year-old boy appears to be taking the tragic event in stride though. When he received his latest wheelchair, he painted it orange and black like the car and deemed it the “Mach II.”
The family is working with the grandfather’s insurance company to determine if the car can be salvaged or restored. Estimates put the car between $30,000 and $40,000 in value.
Fortunately, the fire department put out the fire in a timely manner, and the family is hoping that the 351 engine can be saved. The vandal who set the fire has not been caught.
14 Vauxhall Corsa
Some people find certain colored cars more appealing than others, but it isn’t often they physically act on their disgust of a particular model. A yellow Vauxhall Corsa, owned by an 84-year-old retired dentist at the time, fell victim to multiple incidents of vandalism.
Locals showed no hesitation to make their distaste for the car known, scratching “Move” into the paint and keying the various panels. The worst case of vandalism came when vandals shattered the back window.
In total, repair costs came to a ridiculous $7,500, or nearly half the price of a new Corsa. With the vandals showing no sign of letting up, the owner gave in and bought a grey car so he could enjoy his retirement in peace.
If the vandals thought they were victorious, they were dead wrong.
Apparently other drivers with yellow cars heard the tale of the Vauxhall Corsa and banded together in support. According to Web2Carz, a total of 100 yellow cars made the drive to the small village. There certainly would have been more, but authorities limited the parade to 100 vehicles.
The yellow cars raised funds in support of charity, but the story doesn’t end there. Shortly after, Vauxhall, the manufacturer, announced that the yellow paint of the Corsa was being renamed to “Maddox Yellow” in honor of the retired dentist.
13 BMW 3 Series
Russians have a different way of doing things when compared to the rest of the world, and that includes vandalizing cars. Generally, vandalism spawns thoughts of spray painting, egging, and scratching the paint of a vehicle. If you thought you’d seen every type of vandalism there is, think again. In Russia, vandalism apparently means taking an axe to the hood of a BMW 3 Series.
The report on Russian car vandalism comes from Jalopnik. Taking an axe to the hood of a German car is certainly unique and not something one would come across in much of the modern world.
Although vandalism is illegal in most modern countries, that didn’t stop one Russian from going the extra mile to become an internet sensation. After all, putting an ax through the windshield and hood of an expensive car is bound to go viral. Perhaps just as intriguing is the fact that there appears to be a playground behind the victimized car. Even though the picture generated quite the buzz, there’s still no word on the backstory.
Did an angry Russian woman discover her husband was cheating on her and take it out on his beloved sedan? Were Russian teenagers simply doing Russian things, then panic and flee the scene before anyone could identify them? Did an ax slip out of a lumberjack’s hands? The world may never know.
12 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Michael Owen retired from professional football (soccer) in 2013 and received quite the parting gift from his teammates. In order to create one last memory, Owen's Stoke City teammates egged and floured his Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG just prior to his last game.
According to Arnold Clark, Owen took the egging and flouring of his car as a practical joke rather than an act of vandalism. The caking of his car took place before he was scheduled to play his final game at Brittania Stadium. Even so, he was in good spirits, going as far to name a few of his teammates as suspects and tweeting about getting revenge. He didn't report the joke to police, nor did he press charges.
One of Owen’s teammates, Kenwyne Jones, tweeted a picture of the battered car, referring to it as “Michael Owen’s leaving present.” That tweet more than likely moved Jones to the top of Owen’s list of suspects.
Owen doesn’t seem to have much luck when it comes to cars. While his C63 AMG was met with eggs and flour, his Bentley GT Continental suffered a worse fate. He awoke one day to find the luxury model buried beneath a snow-covered tree.
It simply doesn’t seem like Owen can catch a break when it comes to his cars!
11 Ford Crown Victoria
Police cars are often subject to vandalism and destruction in riots, not when they're parked on the side of the street. It doesn't seem anyone told that to vandals in Fairfax County, Virginia. There, vandals armed with cans of spray paint left their mark on the Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser.
In March 2016, vandals used an empty police cruiser as their canvas. According to Fox 5, the cruiser was a "ghost car" parked to increase police presence and encourage speeders to slow down. There were no officers occupying the vehicle at the time the vandalism occurred.
The cruiser, which was parked on the side of the road, was covered with green and red spray paint. The paint covers all police markings as well as the windows. The vandals clearly took their time with the vehicle, leaving a green smiley face on the rear window and painting two of the four hubcaps red.
At the time of writing, Fairfax County Police are still looking for the vandal(s) responsible. Fortunately, this was an older Ford Crown Victoria that was likely on its way to being replaced. Even so, we have a question for the vandal(s). Where do you think the money to fix the police cruiser will come from?
10 Lamborghini Gallardo
Some people like to keep their parents' cars as keepsakes once they're no longer with us. That's what one son did when his father passed in the September 11th attacks. In this case, the car wasn't a compact or a truck. It was a Lamborghini Gallardo, and it just so happened to catch the attention of three vandals.
According to silive.com, the three vandals spotted the black 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo during a January 2015 snowstorm. The car, parked in Great Kills, was then subject to a vicious attack with a baseball bat. Although the attack lasted just 10 seconds (and was captured by multiple surveillance cameras, the car was significantly damaged.
Upon arriving at the condo, the trio of vandals exit their own vehicle with a bat. One of the men keeps watch at the gate while the other two move in. When the bat-wielding teen spots the car, he takes a running swing at it while the third records the attack on his phone.
In the end, the driver’s side mirror was left hanging by a thin wire. The driver’s side door was heavily scratched and dented. While the 2004 supercar can be repaired, that may not be possible for the sentimental value it holds for the owner.
9 GMC Sierra
Jealous exes have plenty of ways of getting back at their significant other. Unfortunately, that means vehicles often find themselves in the line of fire. That was the case for a GMC Sierra pickup when a man’s ex-girlfriend decided to take her anger out on the truck.
A few slaps of pink paint and some profanity are just the tip of this vandalism iceberg. As it turns out, the exterior got the better end of the deal. The interior, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky.
In short, it looks like a refrigerator tipped over into the cab. Liquids soaked the floor and seats, and there’s some pink paint on the fabric. Flour, eggs, and what appears to be concrete mix will all leave lasting impressions on the truck. There’s even part of a whole watermelon resting on the dashboard.
It’s hard to see all of the damage in a single picture. Fortunately, the owner was kind enough to take a video that provides a better look at the damage. Suffice to say, it’s probably way worse than it looks.
There’s no word on what it cost to repair the vehicle, but we’re betting it ran into the thousands. It’s likely there are some lingering smells that won’t be going away anytime soon too.
8 Ram 1500
Police vehicles are often subject to vandalism, especially when a major riot breaks out. That isn’t what happened in Amery, Wisconsin though. There, a vandal targeted the Chief of Police’s brand new vehicle, an unmarked 2017 Ram 1500 truck, while it was parked in front of his home. The offender also went after a the officer's personal vehicle as well.
According to the Amery Free Press, the vandal significantly scratched both the personal and police vehicles. To add insult to injury, they also threw white and yellow paint all over the truck.
At the time of the vandalism, the Ram 1500 had just 1,600 miles on it, making this a little more devastating for truck enthusiasts. Repair costs for the police truck amounted to a staggering $6,000. There’s no word on the cost to repair the Chief’s personal vehicle.
In many vandalism cases, the culprit gets away. Fortunately, that isn't what happened in this story. While investigating a string of burglaries in the area, police identified a suspect, an 18-year-old high school senior.
During questioning, he not only admitted to vandalizing the Ram 1500 with white and yellow paint, but to the burglaries and drug-related offenses as well. Upon searching a garage, police uncovered stolen tools as well as shoes covered in white and yellow paint.
7 Ford Focus
We’ve already seen how far vandalizing vehicles can go in Russia, and one man’s Ford Focus is no exception. In 2015, a woman caught her husband cheating with another woman 20 years her junior. It didn’t take long for her to target what the man cared for most: his car.
According to Yahoo, the owner of the Focus had left his wife of 26 years for a 28-year-old woman. Sadness quickly turned to fury as the 48-year-old wife drove to the other woman’s apartment. There, she unleashed her rage on the man’s hatchback.
The enraged wife shattered all of the car’s windows and punctured the tires. She even covered it in eggs and spray painted the body panels for good measure. To put the icing on the cake, she left a note glued to the windshield. In it, she detailed that her husband had left his family, which includes daughters ranging from 25 to six years of age, for a younger woman.
As it turns out, the husband will foot the bill to repair his beloved car. Although his car may never be the same, at least he has his health, assuming the wife unleashed all of her anger on the unfortunate Ford Focus, that is.
6 Lamborghini Huracan Avio
There aren't many cars rarer, or more expensive, than the Lamborghini Huracan Avio. With a limited production run of just 250 units, the super car is certainly hard to find. That makes it all the worse when one owner discovered that vandals had left their mark on the $245,000 car.
The supercar was parked in a nice Belgium town when someone severely keyed three sides of the vehicle. According to Carscoops, the owner was surprised that someone would attack his car, especially since he takes his sports cars everywhere, and they have never been vandalized before.
The owner posted before and after photos of the vandalized super car on Facebook. The supercar collector, who is known only as POG, doesn’t know who would have been so heartless as to vandalize such a beautiful vehicle.
The keyed Lamborghini features a Verde Turbine paint job, one of just five colors available on the limited edition model. Judging by the key marks, this wasn’t the work of a bored kid walking down the street.
More likely, the vandal was someone that had a bone to pick with the owner. If that’s the case, hopefully they got their fill and won’t be back to take another jab at the rare supercar.
5 Dodge SRT Viper GTS
Whether you're heading out of state on vacation or to take care of business, you'd expect your vehicle to be fairly safe in an airport parking lot. That wasn't quite the case for one owner's Dodge SRT Viper GTS. Upon returning from his trip, the owner found the Viper vandalized beyond belief.
According to Car Crushing, the car was left at the Palm Beach International Airport in March 2015. Vandals took to keying the car like it was their habitual pastime. The damage goes far beyond some ruined paint though.
The owner reported that not only will the car need to be repainted, but the key marks were deep enough to ruin several of the body panels. In the end, the Viper needed a new door, hood, rocker panel, and carbon fibre pieces, among other repairs. The total cost of the repairs amounted to $34,000, nearly a third of the car's purchase price.
Fortunately, there's a happy ending to this story. According to the owner's thread on the Viper Club of America forums, the car was given new panels and a fresh paint job. The six-figure sports car returned to the track in good spirits four months after the vandalism occurred.
There's no word on whether police caught the vandals.
4 Audi A4 allroad
Parking your car in an outdoor lot for long periods of time isn’t going to go over well, especially if the car is parked in a major city. Unfortunately, one Chicago resident found that out the hard way. The owner left their Audi A4 Allroad parked around the corner from Chicago’s Wicker Park for nearly two years. In that time, vandals did what vandals typically do to seemingly abandoned vehicles.
It didn’t take long for vandals to throw rocks through the windows, shattering them. Shortly after, the vehicle became a canvas for graffiti. With the windows left wide open, it was only a matter of time before raw eggs found their way into the car’s interior.
It’s not like the owner purposefully left their A4 Allroad there though. According to DNAinfo, the owner left the country to go to the aid of a sick parent. The short trip quickly became an extensive one, leaving the vehicle to the will of vandals.
Finally, after two years, much publicity, and covering the windows with cardboard, duct tape, and garbage bags, the parking lot’s owner had the car towed. The owner was supposed to retrieve the car from an impound lot within a week of its towing, otherwise it would be sold or scrapped.
There’s no word on the fate of the Audi A4 Allroad.
3 Chevrolet Impala
A Chevrolet Impala isn't the most expensive or luxurious car in the world, but it's still devastating when someone gives it a new paint job without asking. Vandals targeted the Impala while it was sitting in the Iowa owner's driveway. The once white sedan had been given a messy coat of crimson red paint over night.
The damaging red paint was so extensive that the owner couldn't see out of the windshield. The vehicle's headlights and tires were also covered. As it turns out, the damage might not be all cosmetic.
According to KCRG, mechanics who examined the vehicle stated that the cost of repairing the vehicle largely depends on the type of paint used and where it may have dripped. If the paint made its way into expensive mechanical parts, those would need to be replaced as well. As a result, the total cost of repairs could reach the $10,000 mark.
It gets worse for the Impala owner too. The paint splashed onto an SUV parked in the driveway next to the sedan. The crimson coverage was clearly thrown on the vehicle, causing it to coat part of the driveway, garage door, and house as well.
Authorities don't have much to go on. There weren't any fingerprints, shoe prints, or other evidence that could help them identify those responsible.
2 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Parking an expensive Mercedes-Benz SLK on the street isn't ideal for most drivers, and one owner learned why the hard way. As the owner ventured outside to scrape the ice off his new ride, he was quickly filled with horror as he discovered that vandals had splashed white paint all over the brand new Mercedes.
White paint covered the grille, front fascia, and a good portion of the hood. The coverage extended over the top of the vehicle and appears to have dripped onto the rear end of the car as well. According to The Sun, the paint was still wet when the owner called the police and reported the crime. While waiting for responding officers, he found the paint can not far off.
To add insult to injury, the vandals also targeted his black Audi A3 that was parked outside his house in Penarth nearly an hour and a half away. The owner reported that he has filed a claim with his insurance company.
Unfortunately, that won’t be the end of it. Making a claim for an expensive paint job on not one, but two pricey vehicles is bound to lead to an increase in the 33-year-old’s premium.
One can only hope that the police catch the vandals responsible.
1 Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi
Vandalizing an expensive car during a riot or spray painting police cars is heart breaking in itself, but what about vandalizing more than 30 luxury cars sitting on a dealership lot? That's exactly what happened at a Nottinghamshire dealership in April 2017, and the aftermath was devastating.
More than 35 vehicles, which included marques like Range Rover, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz, were significantly damaged as vandals went on a wrecking spree. The heartless thugs smashed windshields with hammers, broke windows in their entirety, and even threw a slab of concrete through the rear window of a convertible. By the time the vandals had presumably tuckered themselves out, there were just seven cars fit for sale left on the lot.
According to Mirror, repairing all the damaged cars was expected to cost the dealership £200,000, or just shy of $280,000. The dealership, which was less than two years old at the time, had been approaching its busiest time of the year.
Beating a car with a sledgehammer and shattering windows are pretty typical acts among vandals who target vehicles. These savages went the extra mile in their wrecking spree though, as evidenced by the paving slab they left behind in the rear window of a convertible.
Hopefully the dealership's owner was able to make an insurance claim…
Sources: circa.com; corvetteblogger.com; dpccars.com