Police caught Sam Wilson driving a Peugeot 306 that lacked lights, indicators, doors and a bonnet as he travelled to a recycling centre around five miles from his home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire.
Embodying the cash-strapped student stereotype, electrical engineering undergraduate Wilson told police that he had 'stripped' his car to sell parts online before scrapping the rest.
Wilson defended that fact that he was indicating using his arms, explaining that the battered Peugeot had previously passed its MOT.
Unfortunately, the father-of-two's defence didn't stand up in court and he was found guilty of using a dangerous vehicle and fined £110.
He was also ordered to pay £120 costs and given three penalty points on his licence.
Police described following the car, which they referred to as a "skeleton", for almost three miles before they decided to pull Wilson over.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police told the Daily Star: "There are strict rules governing the safety of vehicles in this country.
"It beggars belief that he thought he could drive it without anyone having concerns.
"It would not have taken much to realise that the skeleton of a vehicle that Wilson was trying to drive on the carriageway was not roadworthy.
"We had to take action."
After the hearing, Wilson said: "The car didn't have any lights on it, but my argument was that it was daylight. It didn't have any signals either, but I used arm signals to indicate," reported the Telegraph.
He cited the fact that the car possessed a valid MOT and said: "I only did it so I could get more money back for the car. I wouldn't have driven it if I didn't think it was safe for the road.
"I was starting college and I was only going to get £150 at the scrapyard, so I thought if I took the doors off and a few other parts I could get more money back."
A salvage company eventually paid Wilson £70 for the offending banger and he has since revealed that he has "learnt his lesson" and purchased a new Peugeot.