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Pimp My Ride (TV Series 2004–2007) Poster

(2004–2007)

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Much to the chagrin of some of the people whose rides were pimped, some customized improvements, such as front-seat LCD screens, extra-large bass speakers, etc., were only put in for the purposes of the show, and had to be removed immediately after the show aired, since such customizations would run afoul of traffic laws or noise ordinances, the existing wiring in the car simply couldn't handle the additional electrical loads, or the customizations would compromise federally mandated safety equipment such as airbags and seat belts.
Many of the people whose rides were pimped were surprised to discover that the customizations to their cars were, in fact, not quite as free as the show portrayed. Because the show paid for the improvements/customizations, officials from both the IRS and California Tax Authority (since both the show and the work performed to the car were done there) considered this to be income paid to the pimpee. Much like game show winnings, the equivalent market value of the improvements were reported as such to Federal and State authorities, with several pimpees being stuck with tax bills amounting to several thousand dollars.
The show now takes place at GAS (Galpin Auto Sports) Garage instead of West Coast Customs with all new mechanics, although Mad Mike still stays on the show.
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