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   5 months back

    ⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools:
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    2. Cheap Scan Tool:
    3. Basic Mechanic Tool Set:
    4. Professional Socket Set:
    5. Ratcheting Wrench Set:
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    • Fin McMurder
      Fin McMurder  3 months back

      “Valvedezo” shoes pic of velveeta cheese. ARE WE KIDDING SCOTTY U GENIUS

    • sammy R
      sammy R  5 months back

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

    • Dalton Easterwood
      Dalton Easterwood  5 months 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  5 months back

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

    • Zulfiqar Ali
      Zulfiqar Ali  5 months back

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

  • Colby Perkins
    Colby Perkins  16 hours back

    I have a 2001 Honda Accord ex 6v 3l that shakes at 3 thousand rpms. I think it’s the vtek solenoid, but am not for sure. What is it?

    • Sean Barnes
      Sean Barnes  2 weeks back

      Love it when he said go to the junk yard and the Chevy dealer popped up.

      I hate to disagree Scotty I’ve been flipping cars for 15 years and I’ve never dumped a turd on someone. I ensure the car is in proper working order and ready to go. I had a lady who purchased a 1998 Ford Explorer off of be back in 2007 come up and complement me on the amazing work I do as she is still driving the car today. She saw it when I was doing the timing chain and water pump on it she purchased it after I was done and said she’s only had to change the battery and brake pads in the 11 years she’s owned it. Fast forward to today I just sold a guy a good little 2004 Hyundai Elantra. He took it to a shop before buying it and they complemented me for being so honest. They pointed out that I had changed the entire front suspension and brakes n the front. I make good money doing it. I paid $150 for the little Hyundai with a busted cv joint that also bent the fender when the ball joint let loose at the same time. Put a new fender on and replaced everything. Cost me about $300 in parts sold the car for $2000. You don’t have to rip people off to sell used cars.

      • EndOfNumbers
        EndOfNumbers  1 months back

        If you're going to post about flipping cars, speak about flipping car, and not the work of a mechanic.

        • Pablo A
          Pablo A  2 months back

          You are a very negative type of person. Always seeing the bad side of everything except your old Toyotas, that already crap and unsafe to begin with.

          • vincent schoenekase
            vincent schoenekase  2 months back

            I wouldn't take that Cruze across the street much less across country

            • J. Gomez
              J. Gomez  3 months back

              Man, you are a good mechanic but about flipping cars you don't know what you are talking about. By the way every business that sells something, from car manufacturers to Walmart to airlines, etc., that's exactly what they do. Find a product, improve it and sell it for a profit.

              • Evans Automotive
                Evans Automotive  3 months back

                I only buy cars that need work, usually really cheap (under 500). I can make close to 1k every time and i learn a lot about working on different types of cars. My last flip was a zr2 blazer i bought for $150 running and driving, put around 400 into it and sold it for 2k.

                • Samuel Johnson
                  Samuel Johnson  3 months back

                  Question, previous owner had cigarette burns in the seats and I dint even know if it's worth even replacing them to keep some profit when i flip it could i just clean them and put seat covers in them?

                  • Ariel Padilla G.
                    Ariel Padilla G.  3 months back

                    If you are a dishonest (greedy) person, you'll turn ANY business (flipping cars or whatever) in to a dirty business.

                    • Pro Dealer Secrets
                      Pro Dealer Secrets  3 months back

                      The #1 most important thing in flipping cars is putting in 80%+ of all your effort into finding the best possible car to buy and be able to sell as the cheapest and best car in that price range. You make your money when you buy

                      2006 Honda accord 140k miles - Buy for $3000 and try to sell for $4500? takes forever

                      Instead buy for $2000 and sell for $3500, takes more effort but makes the selling part 1000x easier, no effort to sell that car for 3500 at all

                      • D4R7L
                        D4R7L  4 months back

                        Pause at 0:30 look at his shades,


                        • YUNG_Samurai 69
                          YUNG_Samurai 69  4 months back

                          why he look like Alex Jones & Stan Lee had a baby?

                          • Jeff Mayo
                            Jeff Mayo  4 months back

                            Love the pics on the upper left corners.
                            Keep up the great work !

                            • JinkProject
                              JinkProject  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

                                  Rev up your flippin cars!!!!!

                                  • David Murphy
                                    David Murphy  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

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

                                        • Gloria Drummer
                                          Gloria Drummer  4 months back

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

                                          • Altruistic
                                            Altruistic  5 months 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  4 months back

                                              Samcrac does not flip his vehicles.

                                          • Jay Jay dat Jetplane
                                            Jay Jay dat Jetplane  5 months 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  5 months back

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

                                              • xHouston Kingx
                                                xHouston Kingx  5 months back

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

                                                • Blad The woods
                                                  Blad The woods  5 months 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  5 months back

                                                    What do you think about Renault buying Fiat/Chrysler?

                                                    • maxrx7
                                                      maxrx7  5 months back

                                                      Those picture cutouts are hilarious!!

                                                      • Liana L
                                                        Liana L  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months back

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

                                                            • Abel Jovani
                                                              Abel Jovani  5 months 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  5 months back

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

                                                                • Koen B
                                                                  Koen B  5 months back

                                                                  *used car dealers* have left the chat

                                                                  • Paul Doke
                                                                    Paul Doke  5 months back

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

                                                                    • Charles Ball
                                                                      Charles Ball  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months 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  5 months back

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

                                                                                    • Journey Sounds
                                                                                      Journey Sounds  5 months 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  5 months back

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

                                                                                        • kano b
                                                                                          kano b  5 months back

                                                                                          Nothing is reliable to this guy

                                                                                          • kano b
                                                                                            kano b  5 months back

                                                                                            @Michael Hall best car ever 🤣

                                                                                          • Michael Hall
                                                                                            Michael Hall  5 months back

                                                                                            kano b: Except for his '94 Celica.

                                                                                        • may day
                                                                                          may day  5 months back

                                                                                          thousands Smackers

                                                                                          • I am the Offender of All
                                                                                            I am the Offender of All  5 months back

                                                                                            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.