Nice hobby or your forte?
You do the work or have a shop? Anyway, keep up the good work.
Most people can't understand why one would keep the car after fixing and drive it before flipping. I just tell them I'm getting my labor back plus making sure everything works.
More of a hobby than anything, but nice to know that I have something to fall back on if my regular job ever fails me. The B/F has a body shop, so he does the labor -- lucky me!
I thought maybe I was the only kook who drove the cars for a while after repairing them. I don't want any buyers coming back po'd because something isn't right -- so I generally try to put on at least 3,000 miles before I let it go. The only time I don't is if the damage is very minimal -- body only.
A '98 Camaro had a pretty hard hit on the passenger side door - I was worried about frame damage and the car had been sitting for a year -- I did a complete tune up ($700), put on new brakes all the way around, cleaned the fuel injectors, changed the 02 sensor and still had hesitation. The mechanic kept telling me it needed to be driven, so I drove the car about 6,000 miles before I let it go just to make sure everything was wearing properly. It stopped the hesitation after the third tank of gas. I don't think most people flipping cars go to that kind of trouble, but at least I know it's safe for the next owner.
You can see most of my before/after pics on my cardomain site...
To the rest who responded to my post - thanks for the warm welcome. Glad to be here.