My Summer Car is a seemingly simple game that puts you in an empty house with a teenager’s mindset. Your parents left you on your own for the summer, so bored out of your mind, you decide to fix your dad’s old, rusty car. Time flies once you start playing this game, but there’s one way to make it better – mods. Here’s a list of the most popular My Summer Car mods available online.
There are several hundred different mods for MSC, but not all of them are of great quality or are that useful, to be honest. In this article, I’ll highlight some of the community’s most favorite which are either top-rated or most downloaded.
If you want a full walkthrough guide of My Summer Car, we have a post about that one, too.
Bear in mind that I haven’t arranged them in any particular order, so please go over all of them and pick and download your favorite ones. Here’s a shortcut for some of them so you can browse through this article faster and easier:
If you are interested in cheat codes. We have 27 of the top cheat codes for MSC here.
MSC Mod Loader
This is a loader and installer for mods, which you’ll need in order to run most mods I’ll be listing in this article. I’ll highlight different links for the MSC Mod Loader several times throughout this article, but you can get it from Nexus Mods here or through GitHub here.
As I said, you’ll need this mod as most other mods require it, so you might as well download it right now before we get to the really fun stuff.
Before that, here’s a quick explainer on how to install and run mods in My Summer Car…
1. Getting Started with Installing Mods
My Summer Car is a popular game among car enthusiasts. The game allows players to build, fix, and tune up their own car from scratch. However, it’s the game mods that truly enhance the playing experience. Mods can bring in new features, fix bugs, or simply make the game more entertaining.
Before we dive into the installation process, it is important to ensure that you have the latest version of the game. Keeping your game updated will minimize the chances of running into compatibility issues with mods.
2. Downloading Mods
The first step to install mods is to find and download them. There are several websites where you can find My Summer Car mods, such as NexusMods or ModDB. Make sure to read the description and reviews of the mod to ensure it is compatible with your version of the game and doesn’t have any known issues. Additionally, always download mods from trusted sources to avoid malicious software.
3. Extracting the Mod Files
Once you have downloaded the mod, you will usually find it in a compressed file format such as .zip or .rar. You will need to extract these files to install the mod. Most computers have built-in software to handle this, but if not, you can use a program like 7-Zip or WinRAR. Extract the files to a temporary location, like your desktop.
4. Backup Your Game Files
Before you start installing mods, it’s a good idea to back up your game files. This way, if something goes wrong, you can restore the game to its original state. Locate the game files on your computer, usually found in the Steam folder, and create a copy of the entire folder.
5. Installing the Mods
There are two main ways to install mods in My Summer Car: manually or using a mod loader. Most mods will come with instructions on how to install them, so it’s important to read the provided documentation.
Manual installation involves copying the mod files into the appropriate game folders. Most mods will be installed in the ‘Mods’ folder, located within the game directory. However, some mods may need to be placed in other folders, so always check the installation instructions that come with the mod.
Using a Mod Loader
A mod loader is a tool that simplifies the installation process. One popular mod loader for My Summer Car is the MSC Mod Loader. This tool not only makes it easier to install mods, but it also helps manage them. To use MSC Mod Loader, you need to download and install the tool, then simply drag and drop the mod files into the mod loader.
6. Running the Game with Mods
After you have installed the mods, it’s time to start the game. If you used a mod loader, make sure to start the game through the mod loader. Otherwise, start the game as you normally would. It’s always a good idea to start a new game when playing with mods to avoid any potential conflicts with your existing save files.
Sometimes, you may run into issues when installing or running mods. Here are a few common problems and solutions:
If the game crashes after installing a mod, it’s possible there is a conflict with another mod or the game itself. Try uninstalling the mods one by one to identify the culprit. Once you have found the problematic mod, check online to see if there is a fix or update available.
Mod Doesn’t Work
If the mod doesn’t work as expected, double-check that you installed it correctly. Make sure the files are in the right folders and that you follow the installation instructions. If everything seems correct, check online to see if there are any known issues with the mod or if there is an updated version available.
Modding My Summer Car can greatly enhance your gaming experience. However, it’s important to be careful when installing and managing mods to avoid any potential issues. Always back up your game files, follow the installation instructions, and download mods from trusted sources. With a little bit of caution and preparation, you can enjoy a customized My Summer Car experience.
My Summer Car Mods #1: Show Bolt Size V2
If you often find yourself mixing up bolt sizes or having to constantly double-check them, then this mod is perfect for you. It’s the most downloaded mod on Nexus Mods, and for good reason. It makes life so much easier and the game so much more enjoyable by taking out frustrating issues its developers should have thought of in the beginning.
If you’re not interested in seeing actual bolt sizes on the screen, you can custom-tune the mod to show only if the bolt is smaller or larger than the wrench, and indicate by how much. Once you use this mod, you’ll never be able to go back to the base vanilla game again. It is without a doubt one of the most useful My Summer Car mods available.
You can check it out here.
My Summer Car Mods #2: Tangerine FZ-120 Pickup
Another really great mod that seems to be extremely popular within the community is the Tangerine pickup truck. It unlocks an entirely new form of transportation, one which has a large bed in the back big enough to carry plenty of stuff. If you love utilitarian vehicles, you’ll definitely love this one.
The devs created an extremely detailed mod from scratch, giving it paintable body panels (door, body, and hood), openable doors, hood, and tailgate, and even a custom interior complete with gauges, and knobs, a glovebox, seat belts, plus interior lighting.
To make sure it works properly, they’ve gone the extra length and integrated it with the storyline in the game. This means you can take it to drag races, give lifts, etc. If you’re one of those people who love to mod the mods, you’ll be pleased to hear it comes with custom skin support and a working template. If you’re decent with Photoshop, creating a custom paint job should definitely be on your radar.
You can check this mod out here.
My Summer Car Mods #3: Carry More
As its name implies, this is a mod you should check out if you’re fed up with constantly maxing out your inventory slots (backpack). Having used a similar mod for other games prior to My Summer Car, this was definitely one of the first things I downloaded as I did not want the hassle of constantly having to switch my inventory out.
The mod works simple enough and is intuitive to use. You press ‘E’ to pick up items, ‘X’ to toggle the inventory itself, ‘Y’ to drop the last item you were using, ‘CTRL + Y’ to drop all items from their slots, and ‘CTRL + X’ to open the mod settings menu. To work this mod you’ll need MSC Mod Loader.
Carry More is not frequently updated, so you might encounter some bugs or glitches if you’re using it often. The most severe issue that can happen is you can lose all your backpack contents should you die or save the game at the wrong time. You can read more about it at the link provided below, but basically, the developer issues a warning that anyone using this mod is doing so at their own risk.
Personally, I’ve never had an issue with this mod, but then again, I’ve never played MSC as much as some people have. If you’re not worried about possibly losing your entire backpack at some point, and just want to get on with it and enjoy the game, then definitely download this mod here.
My Summer Car Mods #4: Modern Optimization Plugin
If you’ve got a slower PC or one that stutters and freezes when running the game, you’ll most definitely love this mod, as it’s one of the absolute best My Summer Car mods out there.
MOP (Modern Optimization Plugin) works as an FPS improver mod, drastically boosting framerates and making the game playable even on weaker machinery. Expect anywhere between 20-40 FPS, but I’ve personally seen YouTube videos where you can gain as much as 50 FPS!
The great thing is that this mod is a standalone unit. It works all on its own, so you don’t need to interact with it or remember any key bindings or such. This mod also requires MSC Mod Loader, which if you haven’t already gotten from the link above, you can do so here. This is the Race Department version, just in case you don’t want to get it through GitHub.
If you’re getting great framerates you shouldn’t worry about downloading this mod, as it’s purely an optimization feature and one designed to work for slower PCs. Either way, it’s a great tool for people on older laptops and PCs who still want to enjoy My Summer Car.
You can find the Modern Optimization Plugin here.
My Summer Car Mods #5: Tire Racks
My inner OCD loves this mod so much, that I hesitated to place it first on this list but thought not everyone would appreciate it as much as I do. This is a mod for people who like to keep things organized and looking neat and tidy. It’s not strictly more practical or more useful than any other mod on this list, but it’s an absolute must if you obsess over even the smallest details.
You can find racks in the game itself, but they’re scattered all over the place. There’s one rack at the landfill site, but the whereabouts of the rest is unknown and random. You’ll have to comb the entire city to find them all, and that is if you ever manage to do so.
You can mount racks in 16 different positions, including the garage wall, which is my personal favorite. You can always remove them and place them in a different position if you’re not satisfied with their current placement, so don’t think too hard about where to position them initially.
Obviously, like almost everything else in the game, the racks are customizable too. You can paint them with a spray can and go absolutely crazy on the design if that’s what you’re into.
Although you can store most things in them, tire racks are perfect for… well, tires! It allows you to neatly organize your tires and leave the garage floor clean and uncluttered.
You can find Tire Racks, one of the ultimate My Summer Car mods for OCD freaks right here.
My Summer Car Mods #6: Trailer Hitch System
This is a mod that supports another mod, so let me explain before I throw a load more information your way. The Trailer Hitch System mod adds hitches to the game’s cars so you can attach and tow trailers around.
This is a framework mod though, meaning it only adds the hitch and the mounting point for the trailer, not the trailer itself. If you actually want to tow trailers and carry stuff around, you’ll have to download individual trailer mods.
The great thing about this mod is that it supports other custom mods too. Remember that Tangerine FZ-120 Pickup mod I wrote about just a few paragraphs up? The Trailer Hitch System adds a trailer hitch for the pickup as well, despite it being an aftermarket community mod and not a default vanilla car.
It’s been viewed over 30,000 times on Nexus Mods and has had almost 10,000 unique downloads, making it one of the most popular My Summer Car Mods out there. When you’re done fixing up cars and racing, and just want to explore the game and the city boundaries some more, this is a great mod because it allows you to carry everything you need in the back.
You can check it out here.
My Summer Car Mods #7: Rally Spotlights
If you’re a massive fan of rallying like I am, you’ll adore this mod because it brings a bit of that rallying spirit to a game that’s not exactly motorsport-inspired. This mod adds extremely bright wide-beam spotlights as a mounted component for the Satsuma (which is effectively an old Mk1/Mk2 Ford Escort).
These spotlights work like any other car part, so they’re not fixed or built into the car model. You can unmount them, attach them back on, and even break them off in a crash. You will need to screw them on with bolts to prevent them from coming off.
Like the tire racks mentioned above, you can also paint the spotlights using a spray can or visit Fleetari’s Repair Shop for a much more thorough job. They have to be physically on the car when you visit the repair shop though, so do bear that in mind.
You can turn these lights off by flicking the switch at the top of the roof, just above the rearview mirror, to ‘On’. They will wear out the battery if you leave them on, as they’ve been specifically developed to drain the battery slowly to make the game seem more realistic. If you’re a fan of covered-up spotlights, you can buy special shroud covers from Fleetari’s and mount them on.
If you’re decent with Photoshop and want to make this mod truly your own, you can use any of the provided templates to custom-color them or edit the texture inside the RallyLights folder. If you find your custom texture isn’t loading, restart the game and try again, as that usually solves the issue. The game loads textures on startup, so editing them while in-game won’t actually render the new textures.
You can download this mod through Nexus Mods here.
My Summer Car Mods #8: Colorful Gauges
Words can’t express how much this mod improves the game, especially for night driving. Giving you the opportunity to completely customize each and every car gauge in the game, you can play around with this mod until you’re completely satisfied with the outcome or become bored of fine-tuning the values.
If you’re feeling race-y and want to go out for a spirited drive, choose a livelier color like red or orange, play some hype music, and enjoy yourself. What I often do is tweak the gauges to have this really nice and soft purple-pink color that reminds me of the late 80s and early 90s.
I then like to go out for a relaxing cruise and take in the surroundings. I’ll often boot up YouTube and play some chillwave/synthwave retro songs, and picture myself exploring an unknown city or area at night. It’s a great way to relax and unwind.
You can find this mod here. It has over 12,000 unique downloads and nearly 300 endorsements from registered users, which doesn’t surprise me one bit, given its quality of it.
My Summer Car Mods #9: Fast Travel
I don’t usually like to fast travel as I feel that’s cheating in most games, but when you’ve got things to do in the real world or just want to get to the good bits of the game quickly, this mod does absolute wonders.
It allows you to fast travel to known locations on foot. It’ll calculate stats gained while doing so based on the distance between your current position and the fast travel target you’ve selected (if you were to walk there on foot). You can’t choose a random position on the map as there are 12 preselected locations, but it works well enough as they’re scattered all across the place.
The only caveat is that you have to visit each of the 12 locations in order to unlock them, which I guess is fair enough. As with most mods covered in this article, you’ll need MSC Mod Loader. In case you still haven’t downloaded it, it’s the first mod on this list and I’ve linked to several different download locations up there.
You can check out this mod here.
My Summer Car Mods #10: External (Chase) Cam
I love using the in-car camera as it provides another layer of realism on top of the game, but I can see why people would have loved an external camera provided by the game developers. Someone else apparently had the same thought, so they’ve decided to create this: a mod specifically designed to allow you to view yourself driving from the chase position.
It works similar to how the camera works in any of the GTA games, giving you a clear 360 view as seen from behind, the car and its immediate surroundings. Personally, I haven’t used this mod and I don’t think I ever will, but for anyone who wants to, feel free to use it. Also if you want the best mods for GTA 4 read our guide.
Pressing ‘C’ allows you to activate and deactivate the camera while driving while pressing ‘TAB’ allows you to look behind. The camera will reset itself (auto-center) after a certain period of inactivity, and it’ll show speed and rpm. One note: if you use this mod for a vehicle that’s not in the initial config file, you’ll have a broken camera and it will not work properly. Open the mod settings to fine-tune it for each vehicle.
You can download it through Nexus Mods here.
My Summer Car Mods #11: Repair Hammer
This is a silly mod, but then again, this is only a game, so why not have a bit of fun. Repair Hammer installs a giant hammer that can both destroy the car and repair it, depending on how you use it. The right mouse click works as you’d expect it to: it’ll smash any body panel you aim the hammer at to bits.
Use the left mouse click though, and you’ll repair the damaged body panels and restore them to their former glory. The repair hammer can only do so much though and it isn’t a miracle cure for everything, so there is some damage that it’ll never be able to fully repair. In that case, you’ll still have to visit Fleetari’s body repair shop.
If you love wielding a giant hammer around pretending you’re Thor, but have the ability to create as well as destroy, you can check out this mod here.
My Summer Car Mods #12: Attachable Roofrack
This is an attachable roof rack for the Satsuma. It’s a great way to add more space to your car and make it that little bit more practical and spacious. If you think it ruins the look of the car then don’t download it, but I love how utilitarian it makes it.
By default the rack is hidden and you can’t see it, so you’ll have to search through your family’s yard and find it there to mount it to the car. Like literally any other mod on this list (that’s a component and not a plugin), the roof rack is paintable too.
You can find this mod here.
My Summer Car Mods #13: DonnerTechRacing ECU
This is, by far and away, one of the most complicated and extensive My Summer Car mods out there. It adds a whole Engine Control Unit for the car, including an ABS module, an ESP module, a TCS module, a mounting plate, cruise control, smart engine module, ECU info panel, a reversing camera, as well as fuel injection complete with a manifold, throttle bodies, injectors, an electric fuel pump, and a few other bits and bobs.
You can read everything this mod adds on its page linked below, but let me just say I downloaded this mod when first booting up the game and I haven’t looked back since. I love having switchable ESP and TC, as it means I can be a bit of a hooligan when I want to and turn everything on when I’m just cruising.
You also get the added benefit of playing around with the fuel injection (different fuel maps) and even set up your very own LAUNCH CONTROL. That’s right, this mod comes with a launch control function, which works exactly like you might think it does. You can set up your RPMs and dump the clutch, taking off with maximum force each time.
It works best with AWD vehicles, though you can use it on almost anything. The reversing camera is a godsend too, especially for players who like to use the in-car camera for realism and aren’t fully confident in their reversing skills. Oh, this mod also comes with rain and light sensors.
If you had to get one mod from this entire article and one mod alone, you should definitely download DonnerTechRacing’s ECU mod, especially if you love to go fast. It provides over a dozen different functionalities all wrapped in one elegant package.
You can download it here.
Facts about the best mods for MSC:
- My Summer Car is an open-world survival game where the player’s main goal is to fix up their father’s dismantled car.
- The game can be improved through the use of mods, which can enhance gameplay, add new features, and improve the visual experience.
- The Modern Optimization Plugin is a mod that can double the frame rate while playing the game, improving its visual experience.
- Show Bolt Sizes v2 is a mod that makes it easier to rebuild the car by letting the player know if the bolts they have are too big, too small, or just the right fit.
- Fast Travel is a mod that allows the player to quickly travel around the Finnish countryside in the game, even if they are on foot.
- Glowing Light Switch Markers is a mod that helps the player easily find light switches in dark rooms, making it easier to navigate in the game.
- Сlosing Pits Panel is a mod that allows the player to quickly open and close the pit with a simple switch of a button next to the garage door.
- Actually Useful Sledgehammer is a mod that makes the sledgehammer useful for removing dents from the car’s exterior.
- Carry More is a mod that allows the player to carry as many items as they want, making grocery shopping and other tasks easier.
- Delivery Jobs is a mod that generates delivery jobs for the player to accomplish for money.
- Roof Rack is a mod that adds additional storage to the car, making it easier to transport items.
- Hayosiko 4×4 is a mod that adds 4-wheel-drive to the Uncle’s Hayosiko van, making it easier to navigate rougher roads.
- VHS Player is a mod that allows the player to add customizable videos to the game, which can be played on a VHS player in-game.
- Cassette Tapes is a mod that allows the player to add custom music to the game, which can be played on the radio system in the player’s house.
- Car Aerial is a mod that allows the player to place a new antenna on the car, giving better radio reception.
- Call Your Cousin is a mod that allows the player to call Peni to pick them up if they are stranded without a car.
- Radio for the Fittan is a mod that adds a radio to Peni’s car, providing a little something to break the silence during long drives.
- MSC Birthday Trophy is a mod that adds a commemorative beer bottle trophy to the bookcase display in the player’s house.
- Starter Pack is a mod that makes the player’s car look new and includes custom parts like a new engine, subframe, pedals, and subwoofers.
- Rally Spotlights is a mod that gives the player access to wide-beam spotlights in the game that can be painted to customize their appearance.
- Frito Stunt Ramp is a mod that adds six placeable stunt ramps into the game, allowing the player to set up crazy jumps.
- Nicotine Gum is a mod that lowers the player’s stress levels, making it an alternative to smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol in the game.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you still have some questions on My Summer Car mods, our FAQs here might have the solutions…
How To Download Mods For My Summer Car
My Summer Car has a huge collection of mods that you can download online. You can find and download these mods from popular modding sites like Nexus Mods, RaceDepartment, GameWatcher, and more. These sites have all the files you need to get the mod working, so all you need to do is download them. Each mod should have some descriptions for how to install them, as well.
How To Install My Summer Car Mods
When it comes time to install those My Summer Car mods, you’ll have to use a specialized mod loader. The best one is MSC Mod Loader, which you can download from Nexus Mods or GitHub. To install mods, you’ll have to load up the MSC Mod Folder and identify your game’s file location. Then, you’ll need to specify a folder which those mods will be installed from. It’s best to keep it in your My Documents folder (if you’re using Windows). Find the My Summer Car sub-folder in there, and create another folder for Mods. Grab the files from those mods that you downloaded, and copy the files into the aforementioned Mods folder. Rather than starting My Summer Car from Steam, open up MSC Mod Loader. Now, you can launch the game from there, which will load the mods in automatically.
How To Add Mods To My Summer Car
Using MSC Mod Loader, it’s a good idea to create a sub-folder specifically for Mods in the My Summer Car documents folder. Or, the My Documents folder, for Windows users. All you need to do now is copy the mod files into this Mod folder, and load up MSC Mod Loader. This is where you can launch the game, with the specified mods loaded in by default. MSC Mod Loader might show some of the mods in red if they’re either outdated or have issues. You can delete these mods from the Mods folder. MSC Mod Loader is also how you can add or remove mods from the game.
My Summer Car Save File Location
If you want to find your My Summer Car save files, you can find them under AppData, then LocalLow, and within the Amistech sub-folder. If you can’t find it, make sure that the Hidden Items option is enabled in your Windows File Explorer. This is good if you want to back up your old save files, as My Summer Car can only save in one slot at a time. Thus, starting a new game will overwrite that old save file. There are various types of save files that you might find. defaultES2File.txt would save most of your in-game progress, while graveyard.txt notes how many times your character has died. items.txt will save all your items such as spare parts, with their respective condition and location. meshsave.txt saves the cosmetic damage on your car, as options.txt would save your in-game settings and preferences. Lastly, trophies.txt saves all your race trophies.
Is My Summer Car on Xbox
As of writing, My Summer Car is not available on Xbox. It is primarily available on PC and can be downloaded via the Steam platform.
How to Build the Car in My Summer Car
Building the car in My Summer Car involves assembling various parts in a specific order. You start with the car frame and then attach different parts like the engine, suspension, wheels, and body panels. You need to use the tools available in the game to tighten bolts and screws. It’s a detailed process that requires careful attention to the game’s mechanics.
How to Play My Summer Car
To play My Summer Car, you need to have a PC that meets the game’s system requirements and a copy of the game. You can purchase and download the game from the Steam platform. Once installed, you can start the game and create a new save file. The primary objective of the game is to build and upgrade your car while managing your character’s basic needs like hunger, thirst, fatigue, and stress.
How to Mod My Summer Car
Modding My Summer Car involves downloading mods created by the community and installing them into the game. You can find mods on websites like Nexus Mods or the Steam Workshop. To install a mod, you usually need to extract the downloaded files and place them into the game’s installation folder. However, the installation process can vary depending on the mod, so it’s essential to read the installation instructions provided by the mod creator.
How to Get Clean in My Summer Car
In My Summer Car, you can get clean by using the sauna. The sauna is located in your home, and you can use it by turning on the stove, adding water to the stove to create steam, and then throwing water onto the hot rocks. Make sure to monitor your character’s dirtiness level while using the sauna to ensure you get completely clean.
How to Get the Van in My Summer Car
The van in My Summer Car is initially locked, and you cannot use it. However, you can gain access to the van by finding the keys. The keys are usually located inside your uncle’s house. Once you have the keys, you can use the van for transportation and to carry large items.
How to Enter Driving Mode in My Summer Car
To enter driving mode in My Summer Car, you need to first get into a vehicle. Once inside, press the ‘Enter’ key to switch to driving mode. In driving mode, you can control the vehicle using the keyboard or a controller.
How to Lower Stress in My Summer Car
In My Summer Car, you can lower stress through various activities like using the sauna, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or by swearing. However, keep in mind that activities like drinking and smoking have other negative effects on your character’s health.
How to Build Engine My Summer Car
Building the engine in My Summer Car is a detailed process that involves assembling various parts in a specific order. You will need to assemble the engine block, cylinder head, crankshaft, pistons, and other parts. Make sure to tighten all bolts and screws correctly and install all necessary gaskets and fluids. It is recommended to follow a detailed guide or tutorial as the engine-building process is quite complex.