So You Want to Rebuild a Wrecked Supercar

So You Want to Rebuild a Wrecked Supercar


– Salvaged exotics. It’s a thing that people
are doing all over YouTube. They take totaled cars from all around the
United States of America, only to document their build process do burnouts and make you think that, “Hey, maybe buying a totaled
Modena 360 isn’t that hard.” And what I have to say to that is, “You know well, cool your jets, kid. “‘Cause it ain’t that easy.” I’m Alex from Fitment Industries, Alex.FI. And on this episode of “So
You Want,” we’re talking to all you whipper-snappers that wanna buy a salvaged exotic. (upbeat music) Now, before we get into
this twister-style storm of a conversation, don’t
forget to subscribe. And hey, if you’ve already
bought a salvaged exotic or you have a car on stock
wheels or suspension, maybe you’re looking
for a little help there. We’re just gonna need to
stop you right there, bud, because we have aftermarket wheels, tires or suspension all on
Fitmentindustries.com. Because it’s what we do and
we’re pretty good at it. Anyway, moving forward. We’ve seen it everywhere. Goonzquad, TJ Hunt. JR Garage, Samrac. Hoovies Garage, Tavarish or Tavarish. B is for Build and probably
25 other YouTube channels. Jump on the hype train,
boys, because YouTube is all about repairing
totaled exotics right meow. But where did it come from? You know, where did it go? Where could it have come from, Cotton Eye Joe? Buying salvaged exotics isn’t
anything inherently too new. A market for totaled toys
existed for quite awhile before this hype. You had shops picking these cars up, repairing them on the weekends, and selling them for a nickel
more than the purchased price to those that wanted
to be seen in a Ferrari without having to pay for
that crisp, clean batch. They were used as a
backdrop vehicle for movies, music videos, and of course sold to those that maybe didn’t want
the cleanest of exotics, but you know they wanted to flax. Yeah I’d like the cheapest
360 that you have. Sure, this one had a little bit of fire. Can you tell? Can you tell that there’s fire damage? Yeah. Well, I mean, it’s mostly
just on the interior. I’ll take it. I just um, I’m gonna, I’ll take the car. Then I’m gonna need some
5% tint on that bad boy, okay, and don’t tell anybody. Exotics salvaged cars began
to hit more main stream waves when Copart and other
auction sites began to host easier navigation and bidding
styles to the world wide web. But, Copart wasn’t the only one. Multiple auction websites
began popping up that had nationwide junk yards
with plenty of vehicles that were once on a childhood poster in little Johnny’s room. So with that and paired
with the wonderful world of entertainment of YouTube, it became like a match
made in automotive heaven. People began to take totaled
cars from the junkyard, repair them in the garage, and then sell them for as
much profit as they could. In the meantime, the videos
made off of the rebuild process would help support them and of course you had some
ad revenue with t-shirts and stuff like that. It was like all the good stuff. Most channels started with RX-8’s, Corvettes, Chargers, RX-7’s, and other ten to 20-ish thousand cars that had absolutely
nothing to do with exotics. Mostly because that (beep) scary. Most channels didn’t have
enough capital or equity to buy a salvaged exotic. But then, then it came. Salved Ferraris, salvaged Lambourghinis, salved Hellcats, salvaged relationships, salvaged Porsches, salvaged stuff. The YouTube channels started
blowing up with more insane, more high end cars that
people couldn’t believe were being repaired. $50,000 views on a rebuild
video of your RX-7, useless. 100,000 on a motor swap
of your RX-7, pathetic. These days the salvage exotic
rebuild videos will begin to reach millions of views
and hundreds of thousands of new subscribers. The days of hitting trending
on a rebuild video series would be impossible back in 2015, but now, look at that. How neat is that. Which is likely why
your eyeballs are here, wondering how and why
you’re able to do that. After all it’s probably the
coolest idea that the automotive scene has had in a hot minute. Well, before you decide
to empty your 401k, what is it actually like
to do something like this? What is it actually like
to own a salvaged exotic and what is it actually like
to build a salvaged exotic? Buying a salvaged exotic is
more than just popping up a blog camera, making a 30 minute episode, and praying that you sell a few T’s. First it starts with
what sort of car you can and are able to buy. Most auctions require a dealer license and with the non-licensed
auctions not having as much meat on the bones. So, really you’re going to
wanna think about getting one of those little dealer auction licenses. You’re gonna need a secondary address, but it’s actually pretty easy. From there you gotta decide on what sort of dysfunctional relationship
you’d like to have with a car that hardly runs, or if runs at all. Do you wanna repair the
front end of a Huracan? Well, you’d better research on how much those headlights are
going to cost because whisper, it’s $3,000 a headlight. A headlight, not per headlight. Not your cup of tea? Don’t worry. There’s so much more out there. What about a GT3, with rear end damage? That is only five-ish
thousand dollars for an OEM rear bumper clip. Fire/flood damage? That’s more for people that
actually just hate their life. Side impact damage from a Ferrari 458? Doors are only like four G’s, son! Turn it into a safari
Ferrari and just send it, because you threw all of your
money into the car initially. You’d be disappointed at just
how much additional funds are required to fix that
small front end damage. And, well salvaged exotics are also quite the dangerous game. Because they are, now hear me out, salvaged exotics are exotics. The tolerance built into
the cars like Ferrari and Lambourghinis are quite low, and if anything is slightly
misaligned or misdone, that stuff just don’t work. Don’t always believe the photos. Nothing is ever that simple
than front end damage, as much as we all wish that were true. It’s really going to be
true on cars that cost more than a home. Try to find one that has
damage in an area that you are most experienced in. So front end, rear end, side, electrical, dents and scratches, run the VIN, review every pixel of
those 10 photos you see, pretty much everything
you need to do is to stalk this car’s history. Not kidding. Because once you buy it, it’s all on you and this
goes for if you’re buying a salvaged exotic after the fact because somebody else
did all of this for you. So does this mean that you shouldn’t buy a salvaged exotic? Well, no. We’ve all been out on Copart and looked at some of our dream cars and just thought, “Maybe I could do it?” And the truth is, is that you can. You’re just gonna need
the following resources. If you’re looking to buy a
salvaged exotic to repair, then whatever you spend on the car, you’ll wanna have that much
additional in cash equity for parts, labor and insurance. So if you’re spending 50 G’s on a GTR, it’s good to have another 50 just in case, so you don’t lose your (beep)
and aren’t stuck with a car that doesn’t run. This number will go down
after you’ve done a certain amount of cars or maybe you
own multiple of the car. Just don’t get carried away and overspend on the car initially. There’s nothing worse
than going into a build and running out of money. The second biggest thing
that you’re gonna wanna have are partnerships. Many of these big channels
have partnerships. Most of these vehicles end up
needing air bag replacement, which plenty of interior
alteration shops can handle. Broken wheels, flat tires
or mangled suspension, they go to FitmentIndustries.com, where they get to pick out
what works for their car without having to pay
an (beep) load of money. Honestly guys, just be
glad it’s not a 60-second SquareSpace ad, okay? Besides, that’s like
literally our actual job. Autobody partners and paint
shops all sign up to help these guys with repairing their vehicles under normal price. This lets them keep costs
down and still turn it for a profit if or when
they decide to sell it. And they’re either gonna sell it to you, or they’re gonna sell it to a fan. So a small amount of automotive knowledge is also gonna be needed. Because it’s like my dad always said. “Alex, you have the capability
of taking something apart “and putting it back together so well, “that if you were to do it five times, “you’d have enough left over
parts to make a second piece.” Didn’t really feel like
a compliment, that one. Automotive knowledge is important, but knowing your way
around problems of wiring, structural damage and more
is even more important. If you don’t have it, you’d better pray that
the other buddy that went halvsies on the car with you does. Last but not least you’re also
going to want to record it. People love watching build series about as much as I do ramen. Making a channel helps you
earn a little cash on the side to help keep the build going. And if you do it right, you may actually end up
with a successful channel. Now, here’s a pro-tip
for you all out there. Start small. Find a car that you’d want to own even if it doesn’t pan out, So you don’t have the risk
of being stuck with something that you hate. Although everyone is all
about super cars right now, that’s not to stay that
it’ll stay that way. People watch build series
for the people that are in the series and how they
go about building a car. It’s not always going
to be just for the car. So you wanna buy a salvaged exotic? Neat. It’s a dangerous game
that’s a bit like gambling. You’ll win every once in a while, you’ll lose every once in a while. But if you stay consistent, and always get the free drinks when the bartender comes around, you’ll likely end up having a good time, only lose a little bit
every once in awhile, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll walk away from the
table with your pants still on. So if you were to buy a salvaged exotic for a YouTube channel, what would you buy? Drop a comment and let us know. If you need to spark some
creative juices before answer, you can head over to our
gallery at FitmentIndustries.com where you can see about
10,000 different vehicles that have all had stuff done to their car. So you might see something that you like. Personally, I would do it a
first gen NSX, just saying, but that’s besides the point. Anyway, I’m Alex from Fitment Industries, We hope you enjoyed this
episode of “So you want,” We will see you guys later. Peace. (gentle music) – [Man] A strong vehicle.

100 Comments

  • Fitment Industries

    August 13, 2019

    If you could buy a supercar from a salvage auction what would you pick?
    Add your car to our Fitment Gallery!: https://bit.ly/2obqAZQ

    Reply
  • Mistrrr

    August 14, 2019

    So you wanna shop at Fitment Industries

    Pls

    Reply
  • Joseph Masucci

    August 14, 2019

    Golf cart with a honda vtec 4 banger and 2 tanks of nitrous mounted to the back where the clubs would be. with an offroad suspension. I call it the turf shedder.

    Reply
  • _.Kvng.ky_

    August 14, 2019

    392 Charger 😂🙏🏾 seems more realistic than a hellcat

    Reply
  • Unique

    August 14, 2019

    I wouldn’t buy a salvage car if I wasn’t willing to buy the same car brand new.

    Reply
  • Justin T

    August 14, 2019

    Can you do a video on 326 power?

    Reply
  • Alex Segura

    August 14, 2019

    So you want to buy a mazdaspeed3 plssss 🙂

    Reply
  • Zaid M

    August 14, 2019

    Saw a 2005 Carerra GT with, "minimal front-end damage" listed for $85,000 Canadian. The thing was scooped up so quickly, even vultures couldn't get to it in time!

    Reply
  • Chris Massey

    August 14, 2019

    I love this shit

    Reply
  • Ioan X

    August 14, 2019

    I wouldn't buy a salvaged exotic because here in Germany the regulations are soooo f*king strict, that rebuilding a car yourself and get it able to be insured here is almost impossible.

    Reply
  • Jake Dylan

    August 14, 2019

    So you wanna be a player

    But your wheels ain’t fly

    Reply
  • Jacob Solano

    August 14, 2019

    it would be awesome to do a 'so you want' for a lexus gs – from 1998 to 2015 models, they're fairly cheap and it would be cool to see the various builds

    Reply
  • Professor Xavier's Youtube account for the gifted

    August 14, 2019

    I'm rebuilding a salvaged FA-18 Hornet. Get on my level bjtches 😎

    Reply
  • michael hucke

    August 14, 2019

    First gen supra

    Reply
  • Adolf Eclair

    August 14, 2019

    I would save old beaten golfs

    Reply
  • Expectations TO

    August 14, 2019

    Literally was planning on going to school to learn how to rebuild salvaged cars

    Reply
  • Edward Gilman

    August 14, 2019

    Not exactly an exotic but I would love to rebuilt a jaguar f type

    Reply
  • Jesse Budelman

    August 14, 2019

    I wanna RB26 swap a clapped out 240sx and smoke exotics. Haha

    Reply
  • Driveway

    August 14, 2019

    If it is aluminum and damaged – don't buy ever – People think they're repairing and reinforcing them and they're actually making death traps – welds are never as good in aluminum sheet as original. It looks like a deal but just stay away. Steel on the other hand – easy to repair by a knowledgeable person.

    Reply
  • Driveway

    August 14, 2019

    The other huge issue starting a rebuilding/ auto youtube channel is the growth rate – the first few years are rough until youtube figures out you aren't a kid trying to be pewdiepie. 800 subs in two years… well, better than nothing….

    Reply
  • Ernestm/

    August 14, 2019

    I'd probably do an R32 or R33 salvage build if there are any

    Reply
  • landert1999

    August 14, 2019

    1:54
    The second you said that I was waiting for you to complete it

    Reply
  • Denny Boy

    August 14, 2019

    You guys are ruining actions. You used to be able to get such good deals. Now people are bidding through the roof.

    Reply
  • MGKG

    August 14, 2019

    So who wants to fund my channel for me to get a super car lol

    Reply
  • Sashman EDM and Vlogs

    August 14, 2019

    @7:45 HOW DID YOU GET IN MY HEAAAD

    Reply
  • Damian Cross

    August 14, 2019

    Salvaged exotic?! I couldn't do jack shit with a salvaged 87 Celica!

    Reply
  • Akeem Mason

    August 14, 2019

    That . cotton eyed joe drop though 😀

    Reply
  • Pedro Delgado

    August 14, 2019

    My dad and I have done a few and it's a bit harder than normal cars but you just got to know what to look out for and know what's fixable and what issues you might encounter and see whether or not you are able to deal with those

    Reply
  • Forgan Mreeman

    August 14, 2019

    3:06 wait, how you know lil Johnny?

    Reply
  • Andre Zebron

    August 14, 2019

    Guys can everyone check out the new "need for speed heat "trailer released today its sick

    😂😂😂

    Reply
  • Puthsi CAT Sinananpat

    August 14, 2019

    So you want to restore old cars.

    Reply
  • CX 3

    August 14, 2019

    Bruh 10:01? Wow

    Reply
  • ajay Bryant

    August 14, 2019

    I’d Hellcat or 2j swap a telsa

    Reply
  • Jakub Kujawa

    August 14, 2019

    Tyler never bought a salvage car.

    Reply
  • Auvusya Valcrany

    August 14, 2019

    I always appreciate when Alex pronounces Porsché Porsché and not Porsche

    Reply
  • Ash MCleod

    August 14, 2019

    Can we get a So you want to Raise your car video? I saw the rally one 3 weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it……. My dream is for Group B to come back……..

    Reply
  • Rex Lor

    August 14, 2019

    Your closed captions are very early. Lmao

    Reply
  • Moises Alcala

    August 14, 2019

    I can pretty much confirm the pieces of advice given in this video. I rebuilt my evo x from Copart. No sponsors though. Just myself. Just make sure you have double the amount of what the car costs on auction. BE PATIENT

    Reply
  • Phil Butler

    August 14, 2019

    something pre 2009 thats under 200k

    Reply
  • Yesidoplaytheguitar

    August 14, 2019

    I love Tavarish 's channel, but I also like the other end of the spectrum: it includes 2 australian guys rebuilding absolute nuggets!

    Reply
  • Dark Crow

    August 15, 2019

    I swear, for all the times you mention square space, you guys better be getting some revenue from them. 😂

    Reply
  • ZeroHexx

    August 15, 2019

    Any thoughts?
    2000 Toyota Celica GT-S w/ Pacer black moduler

    Reply
  • Alex Razzano

    August 15, 2019

    What's your opinion on accords?

    Reply
  • Thomas Winkles

    August 15, 2019

    Spend 50k on a totalled gtr… make sure you have another 50k on the side for parts and labor YOU CAN BUY A GTR WITH THAT LMFAO

    Reply
  • acidspitfire459

    August 15, 2019

    GTR

    Reply
  • john villasanta

    August 15, 2019

    yall copying samcrac?

    Reply
  • Frololal Gaming

    August 15, 2019

    Hmmmm….

    Reply
  • Michael Clark

    August 15, 2019

    After I finish my celica sleeper, I'll be buying a 300zx first and once I finish that, perhaps I'll be able to buy an NSX (I'll be making better money by then)

    Reply
  • phil Macgoodwood

    August 15, 2019

    I have always thought this when I have thought about modifying my car. Car parts are very expensive as are exotic parts.keep this in mind people.heck decent tires are 700 and those are not extra wide things or Michelin sport cups or what have you, they are just regular all seasons.

    Reply
  • Honey Badger Wizard

    August 15, 2019

    Yoooo same to the first gen NSX. A true beauty.

    Reply
  • Rafael Fannar

    August 15, 2019

    Is nobody gonna talk about he stretched his video instead of going straight to the point

    Reply
  • juanton

    August 15, 2019

    isnt “a” headlight and “per” headlight the same thing

    Reply
  • Aubrey Collins

    August 15, 2019

    To piggy back off of this I think you guys should do a "So you want" for Salvage, branded, rebuild title cars.

    Reply
  • Logan Stelter

    August 15, 2019

    He said “ if you were to buy a salvage vehicle, what would it be” I was like easy first gen nsx and then 10 seconds later he was like personally I’d do a first gen nsx and it was creepy

    Reply
  • TML

    August 15, 2019

    samrac

    Reply
  • Леонардо

    August 16, 2019

    My dads been doing salvage rebuilds aside of his body shop business for years. He's had Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, M6, Porsche, and many others without having a six figure salary. I didn't even know this was hyped until you guys told me about it 😂

    Reply
  • Edgar Munoz

    August 16, 2019

    Porsche 911

    Reply
  • jeankgt1

    August 16, 2019

    I like the Chanel but this guy alex is too much hate ! Hahah he probably hate he can’t afford his súper crashed car

    Reply
  • McGurray The Ranger

    August 16, 2019

    Was that a Drew Peacock video? 0:20

    Reply
  • Godvana

    August 16, 2019

    I’ve actually bought a Supra MK3 that has been sitting for years and is in not quite good shape and I’m planning to start a YouTube channel this year and make a series of me restoring it to its original beauty and give it a new life, I just hope that there will be people still interested in rebuilding non exotic cars😅

    Reply
  • Don S

    August 16, 2019

    LMAO LOVE the Squarespace comment. You're a good dude. One of the few 'legit' car guys on the Tube.

    Reply
  • Leonardo Torres

    August 16, 2019

    So you want a Mazda Mazdaspeed3…. I want s speed 3 😂

    Reply
  • Oyster

    August 17, 2019

    can u make a so you want a g35/37 video? i’m looking into a g37 right now and it’s looking pretty good for me but i want somebody else w some better car knowledge than me to give an opinion. it’ll be my first actual sports car and i literally cannot wait to own it i’m so hyped

    Reply
  • James Haulenbeek

    August 17, 2019

    Meow

    Reply
  • Strain of Hate

    August 18, 2019

    Honestly if I had a bottomless bank account and really wanted to rebuild an exotic I’d pick a Mercedes Mclaren SLR but with the opportunity of it being wrecked I’d find the resources to make the body panels 100% carbon fiber or carbon Kevlar and maybe do something crazy with it because in the end it’ll be a car I’d keep and anybody with the pockets to afford an SLR won’t look for a higher mileage rebuilt title, they will want a clean title example. But normal cars I’d just go with a nice M3

    Reply
  • roman russell

    August 18, 2019

    So you want idea: "so you want a motorcycle"

    Reply
  • Mathieu Lizotte

    August 19, 2019

    Do a so you want a veloster turbo

    Reply
  • ABC Garage

    August 23, 2019

    I ain't got the money to rebuild an exotic 🙁

    Reply
  • Elian Chacon

    August 23, 2019

    Make a so you want of the toyota mr2 that would be pretty cool to see just saying

    Reply
  • Po Panda

    August 23, 2019

    Meow?

    Reply
  • Po Panda

    August 23, 2019

    Gt40

    Reply
  • Zavex Heart

    August 24, 2019

    Yeah, I'm a kid who wants an LFA or maybe a SLR Mclaren. Not very realsitic, but! it might make my own channel grow by skyrocket in, how long do these things takes? I imagine some months to a year.
    Not only underappreciated, but they need some love. Not talkin repair wise.

    Reply
  • Tarik Sonmez

    August 24, 2019

    … 50Gs for salvage gtr and then another 50Gs to repair? A brand new gtr msrp is 99,500…

    Reply
  • Soma Pigler

    August 28, 2019

    So you want an Audi S3

    Reply
  • Mario Tolentino

    August 28, 2019

    Do so you want a gen1 Ford f150 raptor svt

    Reply
  • Kevin Morales

    August 29, 2019

    Re release those shirts again please man, really need one

    Reply
  • Robyne U

    August 29, 2019

    Whats wrong with the subtitles

    Reply
  • Miguel Lazo

    August 29, 2019

    E90 M3 lci

    Reply
  • Melon man

    August 29, 2019

    "Totalled Modena" samcrac intensifies

    Reply
  • Congrett Lucy

    August 31, 2019

    1:52 did you just say "right meow"

    Reply
  • Akash Lachman

    August 31, 2019

    So you want alex to crush all your car dreams lmao

    Reply
  • Captain Zoll

    September 1, 2019

    why not get a totalled huracan, rip the engine+rear suspension out of it, and stuff it in the back of my 1997 daewoo leganza?

    Reply
  • Joshua Stuart

    September 1, 2019

    Any year dodge viper but would prefer a 97 or 2014

    Reply
  • Manny Bucks

    September 1, 2019

    A 68 skyline

    Reply
  • pietro croce

    September 2, 2019

    So you wanna rebuild a classic muscle car

    Reply
  • Theorcman2008

    September 2, 2019

    Shots fired at Samcrac!!!

    Reply
  • Rigoberto Frias

    September 3, 2019

    Alex: for a GTR have 50k for the car and additional 50k for the parts

    Me: shit well might as well buy it new

    Reply
  • redslate32

    September 3, 2019

    $50 Grand for a salvage GT-R? WTF?
    You can buy a nice used one for that much!

    Reply
  • Devin ross

    September 4, 2019

    Salvaged 1960’s Jaguar E-type

    Reply
  • Julian Arellano

    September 5, 2019

    Don't even want an exotic I want another mx-3 so I can make it rwd and slide that fucker.

    Reply
  • Martin Rennison

    September 8, 2019

    10:01 vid and no ads

    Subbed

    Reply
  • Lutha

    September 11, 2019

    salvaged relationships 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

    Reply
  • Martin Gamboa

    September 18, 2019

    B Is for build should get credit they started with an Aston Martin.

    Reply
  • Ryan James

    September 19, 2019

    Just take it to LS Customs and repair it for about $750

    Reply
  • Marcus383

    September 26, 2019

    Buy a civic first and rebuild it.

    Reply
  • Gana -

    September 29, 2019

    1:55 I hate you so much

    Reply
  • Fawwaz 951 Lawal

    October 7, 2019

    BY FAR THE MOST UNDER RATED YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Fitment Industries

    Reply
  • mohitme1234

    October 9, 2019

    So u want a Maserati grand turismo

    Reply
  • Dont watch me i Dont like u Dont

    October 10, 2019

    This makes me wanna screw a screwdriver

    Reply
  • SillyGoose

    October 12, 2019

    Im so sick of this trend.

    Reply

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