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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

I've recently discovered the single cheapest way to transform your vehicle from sketchy-looking to normal: Put a set of cheap hubcaps on it. If your vehicle already has a set of cheap hubcaps on it and it still looks sketchy, well, then, I don't know what to tell you.

Take a look at these images to see exactly what I mean. Shown below is a Chevy Aveo sedan with no hubcaps -- just the factory black-colored steel wheels.

Chevrolet Aveo no hub caps

Doesn't that just look like the sketchiest vehicle in history? That exact automobile is why many rich people live in gated subdivisions. Because they don't want to see those parked on their streets, or driving down their streets, or really doing anything near their streets, such as stealing mail, which is exactly what you'd expect someone driving this thing to be doing.

But then, behold the transformation:

Chevrolet Aveo With Hub Caps

Look at that! Suddenly you've gone from a shady, questionable vehicle to one that simply blends in. The car shown below is largely identical to the one shown above, with only one minor (and obvious) change: It has hubcaps! Suddenly, this vehicle looks like it could belong to a piano teacher, or a vending machine salesperson, or someone who cleans fish tanks for a living. It's legitimate. It's honest. It's happy.

And the only thing you need to go from "sketchy" to "happy" is a set of generic hubcaps, which you can buy at Wal-Mart for $25. Now, I admit that the image above actually shows a set of factory hubcaps, but it doesn't really matter: A gray plastic hubcap is a gray plastic hubcap, and they all seem to have roughly the same effect -- namely, they transform your entire identity. You don't need a fake passport and an elaborate money laundering scheme after you commit an "Ocean's Eleven"-style heist. All you need are some hubcaps on your Aveo.

Who knew you could make such a difference in your automotive appearance by spending $25 at Wal-Mart?

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