The Pros and Cons of Buying A Used Modified Car

The Pros and Cons of Buying A Used Modified Car

– Here we are again
talking about buying cars. And it could be one of those
things that is very exciting but also at the same time can
make you feel very anxious because there is always that chance of something being just a little bit off. What’s going on everybody,
Gels from Fitment Industries. And on today’s episode of The Build Sheet we are going to be talking
about whether or not it’s a good idea to pick
up a used modified car. (metal rattling) (upbeat music) Before we go ahead and get right into it don’t forget to subscribe
and if you’re looking for wheels, tires, or
suspension for your car or maybe your newly acquired vehicle don’t forget to check
out and while you’re over there check out the giveaway we got going
on with Kansei Wheels right now for the month of January. All of that is in the description go ahead, check it out. But anyway we are going to go ahead and get right into the nitty-gritty of whether or not buying
a used modified car is a good idea or maybe not so much. First off, buying a used car in general has its own pros and cons to it. And there’s almost a
science that goes into trying to figure out if
you’re getting a good deal on one or not. But that becomes especially more difficult when you go look at a used car that already has some
aftermarket modifications to it or has been modified from its stock form. And what it really comes
down to is what are the pros and what are the cons of buying a vehicle that already has modifications done to it? So let’s go ahead and
go over the pros first. We all know that you
will never truly get back what you put into a vehicle
when it comes time to sell it and when it comes to aftermarket parts. It’s usually worth selling
the parts separately from the car to get the most money back out of that investment. But that also means that
there are two sides of this. Usually this means that
when looking to buying a used modified car you’re
not going to be paying full price for what all
the parts cost the owner. Meaning that you’re going
to get a better deal if you were looking to do
that to the car anyway. At the same time, if we’re talking about exterior modifications or appearance mods, the car already looks,
well, better, hopefully. We’ll touch on that in
a bit but the odds are you can find a car that already has all or most of what you want done to it already done for you. So in that case if you’re not looking to put a ton of wrench time in and want something that is not stock and you get to have fun with
right away, there you go. Personally I’ve seen this done all over the DSM and FRS community as people who have taken the naturally aspirated 428 eclipses or the FRS BRZs and have
taken the time and money to turbo them and then sell them for just about the same
price as a bone stock one. Another pro to picking
up used modified car is that with being modified, odds are the current
owner is a car enthusiast. Believe it or not, yeah. Meaning that they actually
care about their car just a little bit and
they do the maintenance to that vehicle and they
have some sense to keep everything clean and in
order and all nice and tidy. However, we have the other
edge of that double-edged sword and that is the one that you hopefully never have to run into. And that is the potential
cons of picking up a used modified car. Not everyone wants to buy
top-of-the-line aftermarket parts. It’s just the truth,
that’s just the way it goes and it’s no surprise that
very cheap aftermarket parts can find their way into just about every little area in a car. Whether it be performance
parts that don’t make sense for lack of a better term,
aero parts that don’t fit or look really cheap,
or whatever it may be. Sometimes it could be as simple as just taking the part off
entirely and ditching it which would be the best case
scenario in that situation. However, is also a possibility
that there could be something necessary that was replaced with an aftermarket part or
aftermarket version of that part and is needed to make the car do what it needs to do, like run. And it may be better just to replace it with something of better
quality which will end up in the long run costing
you more than expected. Going along with that
another thing to keep in mind is that if the car does have
a lot of work done to it like for the engine for example, there’s a chance that some corners may have been cut to save some money which is always a little bit scary. Not something that’s crazy common, but it does unfortunately happen. Whether it was all DIY work and it was the owners first
time kind of diving into that part of the car or
whatever it might be, it could be a scary thing
because it’s not always something that can be visible just
by looking at the car. And remember when we talked
about enthusiasts owning cars as being one of the pros to this? Well sometimes it can also be a little bit of a negative as well. You see when people
build cars or modify them to get more performance out of them they usually like to drive them and like really drive them,
some more than others. And every now and then
there are some poor victims that just don’t get the love
and care and maintenance that they should be getting resulting in some less
than wanted results. But don’t let this scare
you or discourage you from going out and looking
at some used modified cars. Because just like buying
a normal used vehicle there are things that you can check for. And dude, to make sure
you’re going to be happy with your purchase or pick
up on all the red flags that tell you to wait
maybe for the next one. Ask as many questions as possible. If the owner is willing to go into detail about everything that
has been done to the car usually that’s a pretty good sign. If there are parts on the car
that seem pretty important that you wouldn’t like
to have fail right away or cause issues, ask if
they have the receipts for the parts or work that
has been done to the car. Usually you can find out key things like what the parts are,
when they were purchased, when they were installed,
and who installed them. And it can really give a good idea into what exactly you’re looking at. And if at any point something
seems off about the car or off about what’s been done to the car it probably is, and that
is where you have to use your own sense of
judgment on whether or not that it’s something that you
want to have to deal with. Overall, buying a used modified
car can be a great option if you’re looking for your next vehicle. And just like looking at any car to buy some things to keep in consideration, use your best judgment, and
of course most importantly, if they have some ugly
wheels or broken suspension, come on over to and we’ll get you squared
away with some new wheels, tires, and maybe some suspension,
or coils, aero suspension, lowering springs, whatever it may be. But that’s gonna wrap it up for today. Thank you guys so much for watching. I’m Gels from Fitment Industries. We’ll see you later, peace.


    List some more pros and cons of buying a used modified car in the comment section below. Also don't forget to check out the Kansei Wheels giveaway going on right now!

    Anyone know of a good car that can be built/ easily turbo’d for cheap? Doesn’t have to be a daily but American or Japanese vehicles only. My daily car is getting high on miles so I’d like to buy something cheap and make it fun for when I have to get a junkyard engine or transmission for my daily. Cheap as in $1500 max around Florida. Condition doesn’t matter besides a reasonable amount of miles and not beat to death.

    100%. An also my car was modded I got from the guys wife do to he passed away and I spent over a year looking over the car trying to figure out what was done to it. Honda's are the BIGGEST problems for this. Because everything was touched and can be done wrong, cheap, or half as.

    Avoid money builds, these are the people with disposable income, The also dispose of cars and trucks they ragged to death much like the trophy girl or boy toy they change out monthly.

    i bought a used tuned fc rx-7 and im happy with it. It has a few issues but its a rx-7 so no big deal and its only a drift car so no daily.

    Bought an bmw 128i M-Sport that had all the modifications i wanted and so far it’s been 6 months and running strong. I love it

    And then there are people who sells them for the price of the car itself plus the original buying price of each "upgrade". And then saying "I know what I have".

    Don’t buy it in your head before you look at it. Made this mistake twice before and didn’t work out well either time. Look at it with a cold logical indifference until after the purchase.

    Had this with my first modified purchase. Audio-ground was tie-wrapped to a bolt. The previous owner was litterally to lazy to undo the bolt, make sure the ground was tight and put the bolt back. After that i found taped up, unsoldered wiring that was failing, foglights that were completely burnt out (both sides), headlight-tint on the foglights that was molten to the glass, breakshoes in rear drums were pretty much shot and the e-brake-cable was close to rusted through. Car had little to no maintenance during his year of ownership sadly. He did get a new MOT on it before i got it but probably done by a mate of his that just took the risk of getting caught passing a car with issues like those.

    a friend of mine bought a hyundai tiburon RD turbo from someone and for some reason the twat put the fuse box in the bumper…..

    The dislikes are people that sell cars with a ton of red flags and or salvage title for $$,$$$
    IE civics, STI, Evos, BMWs, RX-7 and some Silvia's.

    As long as I can put wheels, tires, and suspension from and it runs (R U N S), then I have no problem with it 😋

    I have a used 2017 golfR 6mt that is tastefully modified for sale lol. I have a brand new set of Toyota R888rs. All top-of-the-line parts APR intake turbo inlet 3 inch downpipe stage two tune and eat 85 tune producing 410 wheel horsepower with the dynos 44k miles oil changes every 3k miles always garaged in Southern California no rust. I have a ceramic pro platinum package on the paint which is flawless. Windows tinted rally armor flaps. Hks blow off valve. Hpa short shift kit and hpfp, Ecs lpfp. ACT stage 3 clutch good for 650tq. She’s basically ready for stage 3 if that’s what you want or great daily at stage 2 🙂 message me for any more details @socalsaturdays on the instantgram

    I always avoid it. They typically include a 50 bullet point break down of "mods" they did and want to overcharge as if you wanted those mods. My advice to these guys would be to return it back to stock and sell the parts you have if you really want your money back.

    Pros: you don't have to do any of the work to modify your car as it already comes modify
    Cons: problems lots of problems
    You'll end up trying to fix up the car every time
    You'll spend more money than what you bought the car with
    you'll regret ever buying the car to begin with just because it came modified and you thought to yourself that you'd save money not buying the parts and doing all the work but now you're trying to put it back to stock

    Buying a used Nissan GT-R is like getting a hooker and using a latex glove as a condom… the first 5 minutes feel amazing, then it all goes downhill from there and it’s all bad.

    two days ago i bought a fiesta with every bolt-on possible. big wing and aftermarket suspension wheel/tires. fully custom cooling system. she is one mean machine! came from a dealership who says they double-check everything and they don't waste time on shitty modified cars. came with a warranty too. literally hit the jackpot!


    If you don’t you may take delivery just to find out it makes more smoke than a group of 20 year olds at a subie meet

    When I bought my s2k, it mostly had cosmetic modifications. I got it because it didn't look the way I wanted it, but it had parts I could sell or trade for the parts that I want. On the downside, it had a cheap stage 2 clutch in it and the pressure plate shattered 2 weeks after I bought it 😂 so be careful lol

    I bought my 2.5rs/gc8 slightly modified (completely rebuilt hybrid engine ej25d heads/ej251 block sti head gaskets 11:1 compression, all new sensors, delta cams, brian crower valves and springs, borla headers, jdm genome sti muffler, tein street advance z coilsovers, jdm wrx 5speed, aluminum driveshaft, wrx seats, Alcantara dash) from a dude that worked at cosworth (yes that cosworth) gave me a tour of the shop and everything, but even though he worked at that high of a race shop the car had some problems. The main problem that he neglected to tell me was when he got the engine rebuilt he had low compression in the 2 right cylinders so he just got that side done which threw the mechanical timing off and gave me constant misfires. I couldn't figure out what was wrong for a month until I finally compression checked it and seen 186 on the left cylinders and 234 on the right cylinders, took the heads off did the oldschool milling (sandpaper and a piece of glass) now it's nice and happy at roughly 234-236 between all cylinders. So I fixed a car built by a cosworth employee, he was probably a janitor or phone operator anyway lol.

    Just buy a car from an old man who never beat it up. They end up way better than some snobby 18 year old who couldnt afford to upkeep the car. (Looking at the majority of 240sx owners)

    Just picked up a used 2011 Si Fa5 from a female whose dad is a car guy. First owner was their family friend who serviced the car at Honda. She only had it for year and decided she didn't want to be in the car scene anymore. But, within that year, she put coilovers and an Invidia Q300 catback on it. Engine is bone stock and bought it at 80k. My point is if you don't know what you're looking for/at, then find someone who does.

    Sometimes micro mods get added to cars and start finding extra doohickeys that they added and failed to mention what they do. Like the light switch in your house that does nothing(?) that or rewired or wire tucked and nothing is easily looked up online for help for something that should be in plain sight. Possible old tucked away exposed amp wires that are live and shacking around that eventually hit metal blow a fusible link leaving you on the side of the road.

    I think I ran into one of the best case scenarios when I bought my car this Summer. I was buying an NSRT4, so it was going to be nearly impossible to find a stock one. I ended up finding a guy who wasn’t an enthusiast, but had bought the car a few years ago from an enthusiast. The car was modded well, but wasn’t driven hard, and was kept inside by the non-enthusiast. It had been sitting for a while, but it was inside so only a few things had to be cleaned up. Over the past few months, I’ve gotten into it more and more and found that I paid for way more than it was advertised as. Most of the parts were quality parts, and was built well. The guy was honest with me, and it is nice that I was able to find a guy who didn’t know what he had but also kept good care of the car.

    Been trying to sell my used modified car for a long time. Anybody want an fbo, tuned & LSD'd Eclipse GT-V6 on the east coast hit me up lol

    If the owner can't tell you everything done to the car that's a red flag. Found out later my car had the transmission swapped among other things.

    I will never buy a modified car again lol. I bought a e46 coupe that had a few small things done to it and those few things ended up being so badly jacked up that they basically ruined the car

    I like buying modified cars. If you buy a clean one that someone actually cared for as a car enthusiast should you shouldnt have any problems. I baby all my cars keep them clean and maintenance up to date. The problem is buying from kids who dont have money to up keep the car..

    Pick a car. Got to their forum. Find the car. Look at all the members posts about the car and its various issues. Do your research. It's not hard if the owner is a forum member.

    There's no fun in buying a modified car, but them stock and do the work yourself, get a miata to learn with easy az

    I bought a modified 2010 335i that the previous owner had modified quite a bit in order to be a track car. Took out the seats and replaced the front only, straight piped the exhaust, made some tasteful visual mods, and oh yeah, cut a fuck ton of wires as well as disconnected and sold the airbag module. It was a good car for the 3 years I had it though.

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