Can you turn a profit on a used sports car like the Wheeler Dealers
Let’s be clear, what follows has an element of subjectivity. Torque News' writers love the show Wheeler Dealers, but one thing really makes it hard to fully enjoy the show. Simply put, how can Mike Brewer claim a profit on a car that had a cost of $3040.00 and a sell price of $4250.00 given the massive amounts of time spent by Edd China turning the spanners?
Last night’s episode was a classic example. Mike decided he wanted a TVR - S. A TVR is a sports car in the same style as a 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but quite different in construction. Like the Miata, it is a two-seat convertible, has 170 HP, and does “Not to 60 in seven seconds.” Unlike the Miata the thing is built from scrap, bailing wire and shoe polish. The engine is a Ford transplanted, 2.9 litre 6 cylinder from the eighties. The brakes are from a SAAB, much of the remaining bits are scrounged from English car makers, which is not at all a good thing. Despite that, and despite it being a body-on-frame car, fans of the TVR are crazy about this “motor.”
Many Man Hours Labor
The one Mike settled on was “in good nick” and just needed a few things. Brake master cylinder, brake servi, ball joints, a new radiator, seat refurbishment, electric gremlin voodoo doctor care, electric window love, and a good going over in terms of detailing. The Tall Man, Edd, worked really hard to get the brakes sorted and had to fabricate some things to make the replacement parts fit. He spent a lot of time on the ball joints, and had to pull, send out, and then replace the radiator. In addition he spent time taking out and then replacing the seatrs including welding in some mounting hardware. Don’t forget pulling the door cards and completely lubing up the window structures. If you or I went to a local shop for that work it would cost more than a Gucci Shoe Tree.
Alas, in the show’s wrap-up we are treated to the “We made a profit of over a grand!” Because they never count the labor Edd puts in. Is Edd, Mikes slave? Does Mike have photos of the Tall Man engaged in some act of Auto-erotica so bad Edd works for free and smiles? The show is a big favorite here at Torque News. We scribes DVR it and then watch it with a frosty and enjoy every second. It’s just that profit thing.
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