Sims 4: How to get cars in the base game – without mods

You can get cars in The Sims 4 without using mods. Here's how.

Update: In August 2020, Sims suddenly starting thinking and talking about cars in The Sims 4 quite a lot. We hope that might be a hint of things to come.

The new Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle expansion pack is set to be released on 5 June 2020. Before that, the June patch for The Sims 4 will bring a huge overhaul to several facets of gameplay. From adding ladders to the return of some much-loved NPCs like fire fighters and the ability to place windows and doors in build mode without being forced to stick to a grid.

There might be further surprise updates coming with the Sims 4 June patch, too. Or so we hope anyway. Global community manager Sim Guru Frost recently said the team is constantly “thinking about burglars” in the Sims 4, but was at pains to stress that he’s not suggesting anything.

Cars have been a much-requested feature in The Sims 4 and some Simmers hope that the June 2020 patch will include them as a surprise – especially after the trailer for the new Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle expansion featured quite a lot of them.

Much of the gameplay around the new Eco Lifestyle expansion pack centres around clearing worlds of pollution. But there’s not all that many things in The Sims 4 that create pollution.

The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle expansion pack will add an Eco Footprint UI to the game, where every decision Sims make impact the world around them. But with no cars driving around in The Sims 4, many have wondered what will lead to all the smog and pollution. The eco-living gameplay will work across all worlds in The Sims 4, so maybe there’s hope.

But even if cars do not come to a base game update in The Sims 4 soon, there is a way to add them to your game without using mods.

Don’t get us wrong, there are some amazing mod creators out there. But not everyone wants to play that way.

If you want to add cars to The Sims 4 base game without using mods, you can do so by diving into the world of debug cheats.

The cars in The Sims 4 won’t be drivable, but they are useful as décor items if you want to build a garage all cluttered up. Or if you want to build a scrap yard, for example.

How to get cars in The Sims 4 without mods

The Sims 4 base game has several cars which can be found in build-buy mode by using the debug cheat. Here’s a look at some of them.

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How to use The Sims 4 debug hidden objects build mode cheats

To start, enter build mode (obviously).

To open The Sims 4 cheat console, press CTRL + SHIFT + C on your keyboard if you’re on a PC and Command + SHIFT + C if you’re on a Mac.

In the cheat console bar, type in:

testingcheats true

bb.showhiddenobjects

and press enter. Then type in

bb.showliveeditobjects

and press enter.

Get cars in the Sims 4 base game

Now that you’ve enabled cheats, you can use the search bar to find them. They aren’t named “cars” – as you can see form the screenshots. Searching for ** DEBUG ** will make the process easier.

sims 4 base game cars no mods

Different expansion and game packs add different types of cars to The Sims 4, but the base game has a good selection, too.

This might not be quite the same as having drive-able cars in The Sims 4, but if you’re looking for some decorative objects to add to your builds or as a subtle way to add to your gameplay storylines, it’s an alternative to getting cars in The Sims 4 without using mods.

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Antoinette Muller
Antoinette is a recovering journalist. She's a multi-award winner and thinks it's strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she's playing as herself in The Sims.