In honor of dear ol’ St. Valentine and Valentine’s Day, which has — rather impressively — been around since Chaucer’s time, we’d planned on compiling a list of great make-out cars. But then we thought, unless you actually have a ’74 Coupe de Ville or ’56 Nash Ambassador, who really cares?

So in the interest of interest (so to speak), we decided instead to come up with a short list of things that could turn ANY car into a make-out car. We consulted auto and romance experts alike to come up with the top 4 Valentine’s Day tips for turning your (possibly boring) ride into a super cool make-out mobile.

1. Make-out mobile music

Oft noted for its ability to create a wide variety of moods, nowhere is music more influential than when it comes to romance. A little Savage Garden (“Truly Madly Deeply”) can take things from boring to steamy in seconds. Truly. Of course, the same tunes won’t work for everyone, so it’s a good idea to put a Valentine’s Day soundtrack together in advance.

According to independent and completely unscientific Facebook research, Marvin Gaye, Frou Frou, Def Leppard, Van Morrison (and Halen), Enigma, Prince, and Otis Redding are a few classic mood-makers you may want to include on your playlist. Of course, if you’re tech-challenged or out of time, you can always stick with good old-fashioned radio. There are plenty of radio stations dedicated to love songs — especially on Valentine’s Day — and you’re guaranteed to hear at least a little Manilow (who writes “the songs of love and special things”).

2. Magic

Magic is what you make it, but nevertheless essential when transforming your car into a Valentines’ Day surprise. This could mean anything from a romantic road trip, to a spur-of-the-moment moonlight drive, to date night at a classic drive-in theater. Even if you just cruise around town listening to Sir Mix-A-Lot or Kenny G (why not?), magic is what making out’s all about, so be sure you’re open to spontaneity and impromptu Valentine’s Day ideas.

3. Mints

No explanation necessary.

4. Shakespeare

Ok, stay with us on this one. But a guy who said things like, “If music be the food of love, play on,” and “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” must have known a thing or two about making moves. If you keep a copy of his sonnets (which are sexier than you might think) on hand for emergencies, you’ll be prepared with romantic Valentine’s Day quotes if the aforementioned magic ever falters (or if you can’t find the Barrys — White or Manilow on your dial).

So there it is. Music, magic, mints, Shakespeare — all you need to transform your Celica into a love machine. Good luck, and happy Valentine’s Day.

Related resources

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Heidi brings 11 years’ experience to her role as Esurance’s copywriting manager. Writer, editor, and all around wordsy, she was content when content wasn’t cool. Also, she likes old-school country.