The Truth About Flipping Cars for Money

  • Published: 25 May 2019
  • Never Flip Cars for Money, DIY and car repair with auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer. How to flip cars for money. How to make money selling cars on the side. How to buy and sell cars. Should you flip cars for a living? Is it a good idea to flip cars on craigslist or the internet? Flipping cars for profit. Car flipping secrets. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   4 weeks back

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    • sammy R
      sammy R  3 weeks back

      Scotty please do a video on the best cars to buy that save you money

    • Dalton Easterwood
      Dalton Easterwood  4 weeks back

      Hey Scotty is it worth it to replace the heads on a 4. 6 L V8 in a 1998 Ford Mustang GT

    • Ernie Neto
      Ernie Neto  4 weeks back

      i bought a salvage car honda and my advice don't buy a salvage car

    • Zulfiqar Ali
      Zulfiqar Ali  4 weeks back

      Scotty Kilmer uncle Scotty is your celica the best car ever made??

    • Leroy 03 88
      Leroy 03 88  4 weeks back

      Hey Scotty what do you think about a 1999 land rover discovery with 177,000 miles on it ? do I keep it or get rid of it ?

  • JinkProject
    JinkProject  1 days back

    i watched this video to hear a strong argument as to why flipping cars is a bad business to get into and got nothing. what a waste.

    • Lobo Entertainment
      Lobo Entertainment  1 weeks back

      ive been flipping cars for about a year and a half ( side income ) mostly hondas and toyotas . ALWAYS clean title and I always do my utmost to remain honest and sell with integrity.. I dont think theres anyuthing wrong with flipping cars if you do it right.. i agree though- greed can absolutely take over if you dont stay humble and honest about it

      • bomark 2002
        bomark 2002  2 weeks back

        Rev up your flippin cars!!!!!

        • David Murphy
          David Murphy  2 weeks back

          My dad was in on big three production and pulled down six figures when that meant something. But he still liked to mechanic for Andreotti and pour his engines and he liked to flip used cars. Gramps always had two three dozen vehicles people never paid or died and so dad flipped a corvette SS396 his suburban. He would weld railroad steel together and weld a suspension on it and took a 4 cylinder 63 nova engine cuz it was tiny as it could barely seat two with a pickup bench from a 53 Chevy truck and he was milking the thing and a turbo charger and I don't know how it ended up. But I know how it was born. If he could put a Ford tranny on a Chevy engine cuz it was smaller he would make a converter. Our compressor was bigger than your garage. Still have two of Andreottis 289 chrome moly special pours by my dad . Ya wanna play around ? They're sitting in cosmoline from his fifties dirt sprinters....

          • David Murphy
            David Murphy  2 weeks back

            Scotty I like you yer going to get killed. I'm an old gunman. All my friends are basically professional killers and my roommate is a board certified psychiatrist. Really I'm serious. And I know if someone hands me your picture with 100k in the man's hand well I'll make sure you go fast because I like you. If car max is a $17B company they are losing 1-3% maybe up to ten because as WC Fields always said. Never wise up a chump or whayever revealing secrets is a rare thing. I rebuilt Rainbow vacuum since 1985. I know this it's the only vacuum that gets all the dirt cuz when you have a clean water pan gotta clean carpet . Now lately one model has reverted to an exposed core dynamic with a little round 8" four barrel racing little air filter between the electricity and the water. Of the dozen models since the 30s the longest most engineering correct was the air flowing through the core if you tip it over for a second no problem if you grab it immediately the centrifugal force will hold of flooding the electric motor core. In fact the best design for cooling and long efficient running as the water filters the dirt how much dust can you get from a mud puddle ? OK so I challenged everyone I knew with the simple information it would take to run me out if business. I eagerly told hundreds of sales personnel how to amp sales I was so good Kirby had me go down the west coast and visit all the distributors just to get them excited. It worked . Only one person took me up on the business. My girlfriend was recovering from a lawyer husband and a psychologist. She went with me for two years and really wondered how I really made all this money. Well I was in a nursing home 90 to try this doctors idea of helping me and I was going broke so I said Rose go get a vacuum out of the van here's an address be there at 3pm. It took me an hour to convince her to do it. Just plug it in and collect the money. Hour later she was back C notes filling her hand and she said can I do another so I gave her another. Two the first day I had a van full of machines and she saved the day. She became teacher of the year at the college on 7st and Camelback and became the track manager northwest train controller. It's a computer job. She started doing magic tricks on the sunset Ltd. So being a poker widow wasn't in her curriculum but as far as vacuum business this woman learned to strip em to the bearings ordering parts and then warranty work and delivery and demonstration. Now we been 25 years at it and she went around me like a Ferrari ! All those hundreds of people dozens of my trainees are living in fat big mansions on the hills around me and I did my part for civilization

            • Michael Pertovt
              Michael Pertovt  2 weeks back

              You gotta just love the way this bloke is so direct and honest.........

              • Gloria Drummer
                Gloria Drummer  3 weeks back

                Can a car drive if the break lines are all broken? Will it stop at all?

                • Altruistic
                  Altruistic  3 weeks back

                  I personally hate car flipping channels like Samrac where they fix cars which in my country would already be considered as a total lost & not road worthy, doing half assed job fixing the chassis especially by cutting off large chunk of it & welding different metal piece together.

                  • Lovell Mills
                    Lovell Mills  2 weeks back

                    Samcrac does not flip his vehicles.

                • Jay Jay dat Jetplane
                  Jay Jay dat Jetplane  3 weeks back

                  Yesterday I saw two guys making out

                  up until then I thought i had seen the gayest thing in my life until i saw that celica

                  • sammy R
                    sammy R  3 weeks back

                    Scotty please do a video on the best cars to buy that save you money

                    • xHouston Kingx
                      xHouston Kingx  3 weeks back

                      That's true I didn't think about the business like that.

                      • Blad The woods
                        Blad The woods  3 weeks back

                        Hats off Scotty! I’m a Gm, Toyota, BMW guy. Regardless a great gear head. Our uniqueness and originality makes us what we are. Few years ago I was into flipping in S.Fla. Overwhelmed with used crap I backed out. Buyers beware! Temp. plates on every hwy. Understand budget and economy. Pay for a pre-purchase inspection! Pennies on the dollar,.

                        • Dan Rowley
                          Dan Rowley  3 weeks back

                          What do you think about Renault buying Fiat/Chrysler?

                          • maxrx7
                            maxrx7  3 weeks back

                            Those picture cutouts are hilarious!!

                            • Liana L
                              Liana L  3 weeks back

                              when I first saw the headline for this video I thought you would give good tips for people to buy used vehicles, (inspection and research wise) I was going to use it on my own site to advise my buyers but it seems like you are biased and hateful towards used car, smh waste of time

                              • w9j15g
                                w9j15g  3 weeks back

                                I know someone that has been flipping cars for a couple decades, but it is just a sideline. He has a regular job. So, I agree with Scotty on this.

                                • boobbutthole
                                  boobbutthole  3 weeks back

                                  Do you think a 1977 toyota celica are reliable in some what low miles and no rust

                                  • Abel Jovani
                                    Abel Jovani  3 weeks back

                                    I bought a stock 89 240 from a guy i used to do yard work for for 900$ it had 310k miles on it but i flipped it for 3k. Honestly wanted to keep it longer to get more value out of it but i needed the money at the time. But u only get that lucky once.... That 240 still haunts me.

                                    • Sterling Witherspoon
                                      Sterling Witherspoon  3 weeks back

                                      Basics don’t sell used cars if you’re going to be unfair.

                                      • Koen B
                                        Koen B  3 weeks back

                                        *used car dealers* have left the chat

                                        • Paul Doke
                                          Paul Doke  3 weeks back

                                          Just heard Fiat may merge with Renault. What do you think 😂

                                          • Charles Ball
                                            Charles Ball  3 weeks back

                                            I've had two Cavaliers, a 1994 and a 2004, both with 2.2L engines. Very reliable. Both cars had 150,000 miles when traded in and were running very well. The rest of the car was falling apart, but the engine is very good.

                                            • Matt Price
                                              Matt Price  3 weeks back

                                              I bought a 2013 Jeep Patriot, it’s hell to work on, I took the tranny out to replace a bearing, anything you take off the engine, except the air box is a chore man. Changed the thermostat and found out there are 2 thermostats, and you have to take the front bumper and grill off to drain the antifreeze. Can’t pull the calipers off the back wheels, the top bolt is impossible so have to flip it up to change the rotor and pad. Just no job is easy on it. If you need to change the catalytic converter you have to unbolt the engine from the frame and slide it forward. Never buy one if you fix things yourself.

                                              • Marshal Magooo
                                                Marshal Magooo  3 weeks back

                                                If you do it in a good, integrity way and be honest there is nothing wrong doing it for extra money. Recently bought a 12 Yaris with 107k for $3300 and sold for $4800. They were happy and so was I. Win/Win

                                                • Smokey613
                                                  Smokey613  3 weeks back

                                                  My first car was a 1953 Chevy Belair. I bought it for $25 Spent around $150 on it and drove it for a couple years and sold it for $300

                                                  • David Peterson
                                                    David Peterson  3 weeks back

                                                    Sleazy deals like hire me to clip two cars into one. Ill do whatever a customer will pay me for and I dont care what they do with them. I do a good job, or I should say I do as good of a job they pay me to do. Most of those guys are cheep bastages.

                                                    • Solar powered potato
                                                      Solar powered potato  3 weeks back

                                                      What's everybody's first car?
                                                      Mine was a 2005 Toyota Highlander, which was given to me when I got my license at 17. Dad got himself a fancy Mercedes.😂 But thankfully he leases them. I've told him never to buy from them!

                                                      • Jeannine Sosa
                                                        Jeannine Sosa  3 weeks back

                                                        My Dad had a car lot 35yrs same location.We learned all the scams from our customers.But we preferred doing business the honest way.Did I mention 35yrs same location !

                                                        • purplecorn1234
                                                          purplecorn1234  3 weeks back

                                                          The 10yr old Cruze question had to be a troll lol

                                                          • Journey Sounds
                                                            Journey Sounds  3 weeks back

                                                            Hey Scotty. My son wants to get into automotive repair when he finishes high school. Any advice you can give him since you've been doing this a while?

                                                            • m l
                                                              m l  3 weeks back

                                                              Well you would be happy to know that Fiat\Chrysler may merge with another favorite of yours Renault\Nissan!

                                                              • kano b
                                                                kano b  3 weeks back

                                                                Nothing is reliable to this guy

                                                                • kano b
                                                                  kano b  3 weeks back

                                                                  @Michael Hall best car ever 🤣

                                                                • Michael Hall
                                                                  Michael Hall  3 weeks back

                                                                  kano b: Except for his '94 Celica.

                                                              • may day
                                                                may day  3 weeks back

                                                                thousands Smackers

                                                                • I am the Offender of All

                                                                  Cavalier 2.2 engines DONT HAVE ADJUSTABLE VALVES. His ENTIRE breakdown of that repair is WRONG. The 2.2L is fairly robust. Unless it was driven till it stopped, a leaky head gasket repair should run you about $1500. You are asking a BIASED person about repairs. Ask this mook about a head gasket repair on a Toyota and you will hear a COMPLETELY different story.

                                                                  • Mark Bowman
                                                                    Mark Bowman  3 weeks back

                                                                    You can do it even if not in the car business, however instead of a dealer who can have a big selection of fresh new car dealer trades, the public auto auctions tend to be a dumping ground typically for trade-ins that need too much in the shop, have motor, or trans problems, and sold as-is, your stuck with it, get to know a dealer at a public sale, I was in the business for 20 years sales and management, knowing an honest dealer at a public auction is priceless. Assuming your state has a safety inspection look for vehicles with sticker (s) good for 6 months/better, peace of mind to the person your selling from, and you don't get saddled with a big inspection bill right out of the gate. Anything with say an inspection sticker good through the month, or couple months budget repair costs into how much you bid, or pay the classified seller. Also if you can do your own auto recon, a vehicle with a dull finish, that you can use a heavy grit compound, and glaze, clean up the entire car can make a world of difference. However, the flip side in my experience is the filthier the car, the more dirty they are a lot of times they typically need the most repairs.

                                                                    • IC3 Ghost
                                                                      IC3 Ghost  4 weeks back

                                                                      Scotty what do you think about an 03 mazda 6 v6?

                                                                      • Kevin's Kars
                                                                        Kevin's Kars  4 weeks back

                                                                        @kevinskars doesn't approve this video

                                                                        • Peter B.
                                                                          Peter B.  4 weeks back

                                                                          To do it honestly you have to be able to fix the problems.
                                                                          DON'T BUY RESTY CARS TO REFURBISH. Clean connections. Start with the biggest with the most pins. Tighten loose bolts. Clean the burshes and sliprings in alternators. Couple drops of alkahol and a Q-tip will shut off battery light very often. Change brushes. Change diodes. Change voltage regulators. Clean grounds. Clean or change fuses-they get corroded too. Change transmission oil and filter and retorque all the bolts on the valve body. Change brake and power steering oil. Coolent. Learn to solder. Like most electrical problems being caused by a bad connection at board level most boards fail due to poor solder connections. You don't need a schematic just resolder everything.
                                                                          Make sure the the brake lines are solid and the brakes work.

                                                                          • P Wazz
                                                                            P Wazz  4 weeks back

                                                                            Never flip cars for money?? Ok never want money either then.

                                                                            • Uptin Sinclaire
                                                                              Uptin Sinclaire  4 weeks back

                                                                              Watching some Copart car flipper / rebuilder videos you quickly realize the quality of work they do. Cheap, quick and dirty. A repo Mustang with an engine full of water instead of oil. How do they fix it? Quick oil change, 25 year old radiator from a car in a wrecking yard with 220,000 miles on it. Then it's off to their buddies shed to paint it and then sand the moths and bugs out of the fresh paint. Top quality work I tell yah. 🙄🙄🙄

                                                                              • Mark Conger
                                                                                Mark Conger  4 weeks back

                                                                                I have come to love your channel! No BS, no fluff, just the facts with a dose of comedy.

                                                                                • CrazyBackWoodsPrepper
                                                                                  CrazyBackWoodsPrepper  4 weeks back

                                                                                  I don't believe they put ethanol in the gas to boost octane because seen Gas Stations with ethanol-free gasoline that has 100 octane but of course it's like $8 a gallon.

                                                                                  • Alfonso Ramirez
                                                                                    Alfonso Ramirez  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Hello Mr. Kilmer I'm a young student looking for a 1st car that's reliable and practical what do you think of a 2008 Honda Fit sport with 116,000 for $3450 could you give me some advice?

                                                                                    • Chris Novakk
                                                                                      Chris Novakk  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Never trust a car salesman or mechanic with dark glasses !!!!

                                                                                      • Demon Princes
                                                                                        Demon Princes  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Dad flipped cars til he got fooled and bought a lemon

                                                                                        • Trab Ali
                                                                                          Trab Ali  4 weeks back

                                                                                          @5:53 "first car was a opel"? Just how many different first cars you had scotty!!

                                                                                          • evilal20
                                                                                            evilal20  4 weeks back

                                                                                            What do you think about a Ford Ranchero?