29: Fake Performance Badges
Badge engineering is a common practice in the automotive world on the business side. You take a great model and slap a different product name on it for the same result. But another common practice with consumers is to falsely badge a performance vehicle. Sticking an AMG sticker on your friend’s C-Class doesn’t make it an AMG. Many of these performance badges are expensive to get, as are the modifications.
Mimicking the look and feel of a performance car isn’t cheap, many aftermarket bumpers, wheels, and more can cost quite a bit. You’re not going to build an AMG by hand, so why waste the money on trying to put on a fake front? Fake performance badges are an extreme waste of money.