That appears to be a legitimate reason, but why put in the car and air it in the first place.
Another revelation was that the house’s the contestants were filmed in were not their own. Instead the participants were told they had won a gift certificate and were made to wait at a house rented by MTV. They wanted a “natural” reaction when the guys met Xzibit.
Furthermore, when the upgrade was revealed, the reaction was not the first one.
In fact, the director demanded a big, loud reaction from the guests. Dearinger recalls the director telling him to “be more energetic and jump around and scream.”
Seth Martino from season six said the makeover was just for show but the cars were not actually “fixed.”
“There wasn’t much done under the hood in regards to the actual mechanics of the vehicle,” he explains. “For the most part, it needed a lot of work done to make it a functioning regular driver, which they did not do.”
In fact, a lot of the add-ons wound up being a further hindrance for the car.
“They added a lot of extra weight but didn’t adjust the suspension to compensate so I felt like I was in a boat, and every time I hit a bump the car would bottom out and the tires would scrape inside the wheel well,” Martino said about driving his car home.
“There wasn’t much done under the hood in regards to the actual mechanics of the vehicle,” Martino claims.
“For the most part, it needed a lot of work done to make it a functioning regular driver, which they did not do.” he pointed out.