On "Pimp My Ride," various types of cars in poor condition, including sedans, sport-utility vehicles and trucks, were restored and improved. Cars that were featured include a 1978 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, a 1967 Ford Mustang, a 1984 Cadillac Eldorado, a 1985 Chevrolet Suburban and a 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible.
The rapper Xzibit hosted the show, although certain episodes had a guest host. Each episode began with the car's owner showing his car and its flaws. The host then visited the owner's house and took the car to a custom body shop, where it was rebuilt. The shop added features based on the owner's interests and personality.
Certain car owners have said that aspects of the show weren't real. One car owner said that the house portrayed as his on the show actually belonged to a crew member. He also said the body shop didn't fix any of the car's mechanical issues. Some people claim the crew on "Pimp My Ride" exaggeratee the damage and flaws on the cars. For example, they added trash to the interior of multiple cars and deteriorated the paint of another car. Certain additions to the cars were removed immediately after filming, such as a pop-up champagne holder and a drive-in theater component.