Texas Car Wars premiered on September 6th on Discovery Channel. Following the successful formula of similar shows before it, this program delves into the car flipping industry. Four body shops compete in car auctions in Austin, Texas to find junkers that can be rebuilt and resold at a profit. In this way, the show is equal parts Storage Wars and American Choppers, showing the purchase, renovation and resale of cars bought at auction.
Texas is one of the best states for car flipping. There are more unregistered and salvaged cars in the state than anywhere else in the country, and public auctions happen frequently in Austin salvage yards. While many cars can be bought at a low price through one of these auctions, true auction hunters – and the cast of Texas Car Wars – are usually looking for old classics that can be restored to sell at top dollar.
Auto auctions generally sell vehicles that have been damaged in accidents or salvaged. The auctions also include cars that have been impounded or abandoned and unclaimed. This makes auto auctions a veritable grab-bag of junkers and working vehicles. Finding the gem in the rough takes a person with a keen eye and lots of experience in the industry; it also takes someone with access to a body shop that can quickly and skillfully restore classic autos. This makes for exciting television, but it does make things harder for amateurs looking to get into the business.
If you're thinking of getting involved in the car flipping business, it's a good idea to start slow and work your way up. As with any type of auction, you should set a spending limit, research your purchases and don't buy anything you don't have the time and money to restore.
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